Hello, Bookshelf! My new novel, EVERY DAY, is about a person, named A, who, since birth, has woken up in a different body and different life every morning. A has gotten used to living a disconnected, featureless life … until a girl named Rhiannon comes in and makes A feel attachment for the first time in ages.
Thanks for saying so! I honestly don’t know where the idea came from – I just loved the notion of waking up in a new body every day, and never having a set body of your own. For A, this means having led a genderless, raceless, parentless, friendless, religionless, appearanceless life – so there’s no outside definition, only inside definition. That intrigued me. As did the question of whether, from Rhiannon’s point of view, a person can love someone who literally changes every day.
For EVERY DAY, I had the idea for the concept … and then put it on the back burner for a couple of years. Then, after I wrote THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY, I was pondering what to write next, and the idea came back to the front. It took me about a year to write, and then another year to publish.
I would want A to be played by a different person for each day – so that’s a lot of actors. And I honestly don’t know about Rhiannon. Elle Fanning is the first person who popped into my mind, although goodness knows there are many, many other possibilities.
I love living in Hoboken and working in New York City. You’ll never get me away from here (except to visit). Why? Because everything happens here. And it’s where most of my friends and most of my family lives.
Don’t pressure yourself to get published. Pressure yourself to continually improve your writing. And don’t be afraid to fail.
True story: Last week after a long day, the class I teach got out at 10:30pm and I was walking down Sixth Avenue to the subway. I had my headphones on – as I always do – and I decided to rock out to Katy Perry’s “Roar”. I may have been semi-silently singing along. I was definitely dancing to it. And in doing so, I rubbed shoulders with a passerby – who ended up being Elvis Costello. So yeah. I felt all of my indie credit dissolved in a moment.
The next book that’s going to appear in the UK is HOW THEY MET AND OTHER STORIES – which contains a whole lot of stories about love, including one I wrote when I was 16. One story, “Starbucks Boy”, is perhaps the one I’ve written that the most people have related to – it’s about having a crush on a way cute barista. Not that that has EVER happened to me. *blushes*
Thank you, Amber!
That is possibly one of the most awesome things that has ever happened on this blog. *gradually stops fangirling* You're probably wanting a copy of Every Day now, aren't you? Aw go on then, if you must! Don't say I never treat you guys! ;D
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