1. Moonglass revolves around a young girl named Anna and her struggle to control her
the past and embrace her future. Can you tell us a little bit more about your book?
Anna lost her mom at a young age and she and her dad have built a life together where they avoid the topic of her mother altogether. But when Anna’s dad takes a job transfer and they move to the beach town where her parents first met and fell in love, the past begins to surface, and Anna has to face it.
2. The setting of Moonglass plays an important role in your book- the beach is not only
the place where Anna's parents first met and fell in love, but it is where many family secrets lie buried. Can you discuss the importance of centering your book at an ocean locale and how it inspired the writing?
I always knew MOONGLASS would be a beach story. I grew up in the mountains but fell in love with the beach when I went to college and worked as a lifeguard. Then four years ago, we moved to Crystal Cove, and I knew I had to set the story here. Between the gorgeousness of the place and the fact that it’s literally at my doorstep, there was no question. So much of my life revolves around the beach—from the early morning runs to long days spent with my kids in the sand and sun, to the hobbies I share with my husband—
surfing, scuba diving, paddling. All of these things found their way into the story because of how much I love them.
3. If you had to attach a musical score to your book, what songs do you imagine playingduring prominent scenes?
Like a lot of authors, I have a playlist in mind when I’m writing the book. I choose some songs for the lyrics, others for the feeling they convey because those are the same ones I want to come across in my writing. The one song that most completely fits the story (for me) is Try Not to Breathe by R.E.M, who is my most favorite band ever.
A few other songs on the playlist: The Space Between (Dave Matthews Band)
Sweetness Follows (R.E.M)
Grey Street (Dave Matthews)
You Found Me (The Fray)
4. What do you love most about Anna's character? Did you draw from any of the people in your life when constructing her character or other individuals in your book?
I love that Anna is bold, and that she’s strong and mostly self-assured, despite all of the pain she’s been through. I didn’t consciously draw from anyone specific in my life for her, but I did draw from a set of qualities I admire in people I know.
A few of the minor characters are based on real people. The crawling man was a guy I used to watch crawl the beach every Sunday when I worked as a lifeguard. I never did ask him why he did it. Instead, I made up a story for him.
The character of Joy is based upon a woman I know here in Crystal Cove, who walks the beach every day collecting sea glass.
Anna’s dad and the lifeguards are inspired by all of the lifeguards I’ve known through the years. If you ever make it to Crystal Cove, you just might meet James.
5. If you could inhabit the life of one literary character and dive into their world for just one day, who would you choose and why?
Katniss Everdeen. I’d want to see if I could survive in her world.
6. What were you like as a teenager and did you have any books in particular that were yourfavorites? If your teenage self was to read Moonglass, what do you think she’d say?
I was a pretty average teenager, I think. I had a good group of friends, was involved in sports and clubs and all that. I pined over boys who didn’t pine back. Wished for a body that would make them. Spent a lot of time in my room listening to music and writing bad poetry and terrible short stories in countless notebooks…
My favorite books back then were a big mix—I read anything from Interview With a Vampire to Siddartha, and loved it all.
If my teenage self were to read MOONGLASS, I think she’d say that Anna’s life on the beach (aside from the whole mom thing) sounds like a dream come true.
7. What would you say is the best advice you've been given as an author?
Write the book you’d most want to read.
8. What can we look forward to from you next? Any upcoming projects in the works?
Yes! My next book is due out Summer, 2012. It’s road trip story with a good dose of
romance to it.
1 SIGNED copy & bookmarks of MOONGLASS
I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.
Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.
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