Current Release: The Widow Waltz
Describe your current release by starting out with "In a world".
In a world where every woman wants love, trust and some degree of security—a life, not a “situation”--Georgia Waltz finds herself an unmerry widow with two young adult daughters still depending on her for support, a frail but snappish mother and next-to-no money on which to live. In the face of betrayal by her husband, which she discovers only after his sudden death, Georgia digs deep and in the process, finds her better self. This novel is a clarion call for any woman who has been disappointed by love.
What are you working on?
A fifth novel about complicated intergenerational relationships.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
My husband, sons, daughters-in-law, sisters, mother-in-law and numerous friends and former colleagues have been nothing but encouraging about my books. Many writers I’ve met through workshops have been wildly generous, reading my works-in-progress and giving me insights about character development, plot, and dialogue. Many other novelists have taken the time to read my books and offer wonderful, witty blurbs, when they could be working on their own writing. I am also deeply in debt to my editors, my agent, my publishers’ designers, publicity and sales forces, and reviewers all over the map—on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, in magazines, newspapers and blogs—who have helped spread the word about my books. I am overwhelmed by this generosity.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
This winter, a Brooklyn book club invited me to their meeting to discuss Slouching Toward Adulthood, a nonfiction book that I wrote. One of the members turned out to be Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, one of my favorite novels. I was rendered near-speechless.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Reading other people’s novels. I tell myself it’s like popping vitamins.
What blocked Georgia of The Widow Waltz from seeing the truth? Why can some of us to move on from betrayals? The book has a rather unorthodox ending—was I nuts to write it the way I did? There’s much for book clubs to slice and dice in The Widow Waltz and what I hope more than anything, is that they will—and invite me to the meeting through FaceTime!