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Carrie’s Conversation with Martha Moody
Carrie: What inspired you to write SOMETIMES MINE?
Martha: The germ of the story came from a book group discussion about my first novel, BEST FRIENDS. Some women in the group were very distressed that the narrator, Clare, has an affair with her ex-husband. There are a lot of bad things done by characters in that novel, and I was impressed at the particular anger Clare’s actions evoked. I’m a physician, and I knew that two of my female patients were involved for years with married men. I didn’t see these patients as evil, but as sad and isolated. I thought, “Hmm, it would be a challenge to write about a mistress from her point of view.”
I also wanted to write about work. Genie, the narrator of Sometimes Mine, is a cardiologist and her lover, Mick, is a college basketball coach. Each of them is excellent at what they do, and each is defined and to some extent hidden by their role. Their mutual appreciation of their distinctive work and talents helps bond them. I’ve always liked this quote from the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer: “With his work, as with a glove, a man feels the universe.”
The third impetus for the novel was a story my social work mother told me when I was a teenager, in the early 70’s. One of her clients was a “maiden lady” who had lived all her life with another woman. When the client’s friend got ill and then died, the client was treated by her friend’s family not as a spouse or grieving widow, but as a simple housemate. This really magnified her loss. That story haunted me for years as an example of the power of society’s norms. In the book, when Mick moves into the realm of the sick, Genie has no defined role.
Carrie: In general, how does an idea for a book come to you–Does it perk slowly in your mind or does it come in a flash?
Martha: I’m a slow perker.
Carrie: Give us an idea of the plot of SOMETIMES MINE without giving too much away.
Martha: SOMETIMES MINE is the story of a long-term affair of a divorced female cardiologist, Genie Toledo, and a married college basketball coach, Mick Crabbe. It tells what happens when Mick gets seriously ill and Genie is forced to confront both Mick’s family and her own illusions.
Carrie: What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from SOMETIMES MINE?
Martha: SOMETIMES MINE is a love triangle between three very imperfect people. You’d expect things to turn out badly, but in an odd way each person becomes heroic. I’d like to think of the novel as a plea for accepting the complexity of people’s feelings and lives, and the surprising connections through which a person can gain strength.
Carrie: What is your favorite scene in SOMETIMES MINE? Why?
Carrie’s Conversation with Seanan McGuire
Carrie: What inspired you to write ROSEMARY AND RUE?
Seanan: I’ve always loved folklore and the old fairy tales — the ones that were around before Grimm came along and “cleaned them up” to turn them into children’s stories. I was visiting the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park one day, and suddenly everything clicked together. I knew who Toby was, I knew what her problem was, and I really, really wanted to know how she was going to get out of it. Everything followed from there.
Carrie: In general, how does an idea for a book come to you? Does it perk slowly in your mind or does it come in a flash?
Seanan: It depends on the book, really. ROSEMARY AND RUE came slowly. The second book in the series, A LOCAL HABITATION, came to me all at once, and just had to be refined from there. It’s very situational for me.
Is it…could it be…Spring? Let’s keep our fingers crossed…both for better weather and this chance to win a fantastic set of books from Hachette Books! With Spring comes spring cleaning and a chance for a new start, and you’ll want these books to help you on your way.
Spring Cleaning, Spring Foward
- Throw Out Fifty Things By Gail Blanke
- No Matter What! By Lisa Nichols
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home By Thelma Meyer
- The Power to Change Today By Gregory Dickow
- Work in Progress By Kristin Armstrong
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Book Giveaway Contest Winners!
Ruby Among Us, Tina Forkner ~ Wendy
Cancer is a Bitch, Gail Konop Baker ~ Julie P.
Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, N.M. Kelby ~ Kathy
365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy, Charla Muller ~ Margaret C.
The Divorce Party, Laura Dave ~ Rori R.
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According to Susan Mallery, she is quite possibly one of the few authors who can actually understand her royalty statements. She first got into writing romance while studying accounting in college. On a whim, she took a romance novel writing class and her life was thereafter destined for a different course. Though she completed her degree, she never actually worked in the accounting field, but rather got straight into writing romance novels right out of college–publishing her first novel her graduation summer. Now, after almost 100 published books, she most likely needs to hire an accountant to keep her finances in order.
I spoke with Susan not only about her latest release, Sweet Talk, but about what is important to her on a personal level. She responded with one word–Relationships. Her life revolves around relationships, writing, travel, and researching her novels…oh, and her tiny poodle.