Thank you for this interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read like it’s going out of style. Seriously, I read A LOT. I even take a book with me in my tennis bag when I’m playing a tournament. Oh yeah, you could say I play a lot of tennis as well. Did I mention drinking adult beverages? I do that way too much.
When did you start writing?
As long as I can remember and that’s a long time. I’d say getting old sucks, but it’s totally better than the alternative.
Your latest release Fat Girl Begone is about body shaming I have to admit that I was curious when I saw the title. You portray a very sensitive subject in a mature and funny way. What do you hope readers get from this particular book? Is there a moral to the story?
Not only is there a moral to this story, but I actually set out to write a story with a moral – something totally new to me. It’s simple really – you are not defined by the size you wear. The number on the scale is not the end-all be-all. You have value just the way you are.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Hmmm…. I’m not really sure. But I will say this. My next novel takes place during the Second World War in Istanbul. Midnight at the Pera Palace is a well-known historical novel about the birth of modern Istanbul, so guess who’s off to spend a next at THE Pera Palace next week? It’s only for research, of course.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Read. No, sleep. Oh wait, I should probably get more things done on my to-do list. Can I split my time?
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
My next novel will be set in Istanbul, and that’s definitely something I haven’t done. Although I haven’t lived in the U.S. for over two decades, the vast majority of my novels are set in my home state.
Why was writing Fat Girl Begone so important to you?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a yo-yo dieter – even before I needed to diet! I’ve struggled with self-esteem and body images issues for-freaking-ever, but lately the issues have gotten worse. I was at my heaviest weight ever when I decided to write this book. I used the book as a sort of therapy mechanism to discuss and really think about my issues. It also motivated me to get my butt moving with eating healthier.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
The shower. Definitely. I think I’m more open to ideas when I’m just relaxing in the shower.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
I just started my latest manuscript. Seriously, I’ve only written two paragraphs so far. It’s a historical romance between a German consulate worker and an American Jewish woman in Istanbul during the Second World War. With all the research I’m going to have to do, I have no idea when I’ll finish or if I’ll even finish. No, scratch that. I will finish – darn it!
Part II This or That?
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean??
Lake. I grew up swimming in lakes and am already familiar with the creepy crawlers. Who knows what creepy crawlers are in the ocean? *Shivers*
Q: Earthquake or Tornado?
Tornado. You can see and hear a tornado. For some reason that gives me comfort.
Q: Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise?
Brad Pitt. Not even a contest.
Q: Rock or Country music?
Rock, although I do admit that every once in a while, I find a country song I like.
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy?
My life is a comedy so I’ll go for an action movie for the change.