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Write On, Wednesay: Special New Series (1/5)–Defining HOME featuring Caroline Leavitt

By Leslie Lindsay  (image source: http://www.alphabetart.com 9.4.13) I have a giant grin on my face today.  Other than the fact that I have the house to myself, a laptop, brain (let’s hope), and basset hound at my feet, I have a new series to share on Wednesdays!  It’s all about the concept of HOME.  Ever notice how nearly every book you read has some element of home buried deep within the words on the page?  Your reading material may have something to do with big green monsters eating every chocolate chip cookie and then running off to school, but I would wager that those monsters began at say…home?!  The book I just finished reading (Tanya Chernov’s A REAL EMOTIONAL GIRL) had almost everything to do with home (but was largely masked by her grief over her late father).  The next book I picked up, BRAIN ON FIRE (Susannah Cahalan)  might really be about her lost month of insanity, but delve into the pages, and you see an underlying theme of home…her junky New York studio, …

Write on Wednesday: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt

By Leslie Lindsay One of my favorite all-time authors is Caroline Leavitt.  She writes with such grit and honesty that it is completely refreshing.  Her latest book, IS THIS TOMORROW (May, 2013) is set under the backdrop of 1950’s suburbia.  Ava is a single, Jewish mother raising her thirteen year old son in an all-Christian neighborhood when one of the son’s buddies goes missing.  Part suspense, part literary fiction, this book will resonate with those who enjoy a good, multi-layered read.  Leslie Lindsay:  Many of your stories have an underlying theme of unconventional families.  In PICTURES OF YOU, the young father is recently widowed and raising a son.  GIRLS IN TROUBLE features a young woman who gives her baby up through open adoption and then weaves herself into that new family.  Ava portrays a single Jewish mother in the 1950s.  Traditional?  Not in the least.  Can you share how you are inspired to write about families that are less than typical?  Caroline Leavitt: “Probably because my own family had its issues. My parents had a terrible marriage. …

Write On, Wednesday! Writing about Home

By Leslie Lindsay Lately, a lot of the books I have read for pleasure have this underlying theme of home–and so does the novel I am working on.  Coincidence?  Perhaps.  We tend to be better writers when we read content that interests us–and that’s written in a compelling manner.  We also tend to gravitate towards information that may have some connection to what we are currently working on, struggling with, or have an innate interest in–it’s all the power of the subconcious.  So, what have I been reading?  THE GLASS WIVES by Amy Sue Nathan.  Home and family shifts for Evie Glass, but she still remains rooted in family.  IS THIS TOMORROW by Caroline Leavitt.  A 12-year old boy goes missing in 1950’s suburbia.  WHAT ALICE FORGOT by Laine Moriarty.  This one is actually a re-read.  Since the main (suburban) character loses her memory, I was drawn back to this one as research for my novel-in-progress, hoping to glean a few instances I may have…ahem…forgotten. BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell.  This guy always fascintates me!  His other books line …