This blog is just turning into one big love letter to my favorite writer crushes. Oh well. Let my inner fan girl shine, because today, I’m featuring Laura Dave who is one of my favorite people on the planet. Not only is she an amazing person and friend (she is one of my go-to people when I need publishing advice) but an absolutely brilliant writer. Every time I finish one of her books, I have the exact same thought: ”Damn, I wish I had written that.” She is just so good and so smart and I going to use that fake word that blurbists always use and I hate but I can’t think of a better one: her books are all unputtdownable.
Her latest novel, THE FIRST HUSBAND, I read in one day, on the day it came out. No matter that Elili kept pulling on my dress and begging for attention. That’s what television is for, right? Ok, kidding about the television, but I did find a way to sneak in all that reading, because THE BOOK ROCKED. Don’t believe me? Here’s what the reviewers had to say (and look, the reviewers aren’t Laura’s aunt Edna, but PEOPLE MAGAZINE. PEOPLE, people.)
“A fresh, funny take on the search for a soulmate.” —People Magazine
“Playful, unpredictable and emotionally resonant.” —USA Today
And here is Laura herself. Did I mention I love her? And that you will too? (Oh and one more thing–Her previous books THE DIVORCE PARTY and LONDON IS THE BEST CITY IN AMERICA are both also awesome, so add those to your to be read list too. Man, I’m getting mighty bossy in my old age…)
1. Where were you the first time you saw your book in a bookstore and who did you call first?
I was in New York City at a Barnes and Noble. I called my best friend and started screaming. But it was New York City so I don’t think anyone noticed.
2. I’m convinced all writers are a little bit crazy. Do you agree, and if so, what kind of crazy are you?
Totally agree. I like to think I’m lovable crazy. Which is really a way of saying, if I start getting too specific, the crazy will show itself in ways I’m not sure you’re ready for!
3. If you were going to have another author write your biography, who would you choose to write it and why? Any title ideas?
I would like several writer friends to each take a chapter, essay style: Jonathan Tropper, Allison Winn Scotch, Emily Giffin, you… so then it could be as much about you guys as about me. And as far as I’m concerned, Julie has Writer’s Blog is a pretty great title. I will leave the titling up to you, if you can take it.
4. When did you start to take yourself seriously as a writer?
After I finished graduate school, I moved back to New York City and spilled water on my computer—and lost my first book! All that work simply washed away from one glass of water. It was a bad afternoon. But shortly thereafter, I started over. I just sat down and put pen to paper and began writing the book again. It didn’t really occur to me to do something else. That’s when I figured out: I was in this for the long haul.
5. If your house was burning down, and you had time to rescue only three books from your library, what would you choose and why?
I love this question and it is entirely too hard, so I will answer it how I would actually do it—which is to say pick the first three I see in front of me, and think: YES! Must take.
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
This novel, which pays homage to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is ethereal and romantic and lovely in every way. Each narrator is incredibly compelling and I adore the different ways their stories move together to say something new and interesting about love.
The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
I love everything about the way Tropper writes. In this novel, he invites us into the world of a famous novelist who finds himself returning to the hometown he wrote about less than lovingly. This is the best kind of book—one you want to give to friends to read so you can discuss together how much you love it.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take me to East Egg anytime. And I’m happy.