Current Release: The Stories We Tell
What's your book about?
The Stories We Tell explores the transformational impact of keeping secrets and the importance of seeking the truth in all aspects of life and love.
The Morrisons are the ideal Savannah family; successful husband Cooper, artistic and loving wife Eve, and beautiful daughter Gwen make up a picturesque trio beloved by their community. But not everything is as it appears. The Stories We Tell explores the transformational impact of keeping secrets and the importance of seeking the truth in all aspects of life and love.
Behind the cultivated image is a family fraught with tension; Eve and Cooper are disagreeing over work, Eve’s fragile sister, Willa, and how to handle Gwen’s teenage rebellion. After Cooper and Willa are injured in a car accident, questions surrounding the event cloud Eve’s thoughts. Both Cooper and Willa tell different stories about the night, and Eve finds herself caught in a heart-racing search for the truth. The Stories We Tell explores the transformational impact of keeping secrets and the importance of seeking the truth in all aspects of life and love.
With The Stories We Tell, Patti Callahan Henry dissects intimate family dynamics such as marital stress, parenting a teenager, lying, “financial infidelity,” and more as Eve desperately tries to bridge the gap between the two differing stories. Eve’s journey in deciding what to believe and who to trust will reveal truths that she never expected to discover.
What should readers expect from you titles?
A heartfelt and topsy-turvy journey to the truth.
What's your writing process like?
I usually have an idea and then let it swim around in the back of my mind for a while before I try to put words on paper. Then I sit down and start asking myself questions (not out loud). What do they want? Why this? Why that? And most importantly I ask ""What happens next?"" and slowly a story starts to take shape.
I don't outline, although I wish I did. Usually when I finish the rough draft, I do outline the story to make sure everything is in the right place.
Otherwise, I go through joy, anticipation, despair, angst and doubt--the emotions any writer goes through in one draft of any story.
What's next for you as an author?
I am working on a novel that has such a vague outline of an idea that I can't yet articulate anything. But I can say it is about this wondering I have: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
I have so many favorite moments of meeting my readers on the road. I've made new friends and seen how stories affect our lives. But I do have to say that one of my favorites is a woman who named her baby after my character in Coming Up For Air (Hutch).
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
I know it sounds so romanticized, but I'd want to go to Paris with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and all the writers of that time. I'd want to sit in the bar and listen to them talk about their stories. I'd want to wander the streets of Paris under gas lamps and wonder how to craft the next great novel. I'd want to sit on trains and write while visiting other European countries. I'd sit in cafes drinking creme cafe until it was time to drink wine. And sometimes I'd write and shyly ask them to read it.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Music is essential to my writing. Right now as I'm writing this, Billy Joel is singing in the background. In my new novel, THE STORIES WE TELL, a few of the characters are songwriters. The creative team at the Letterpress listen to music while they work and I let you in on what they are listening to during the day or when they walk in the door. We hear Johnny Cash, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars and more.
Thanks so much for visiting with me today! I hope you'll run out and get THE STORIES WE TELL and then join me on my website or Facebook where we can talk about it!
THE STORIES WE TELL
June 24th, 2014