The (Fictional) People We Love
by Susan Mallery, author of Three Sisters (available February 26)
I read a great quote recently on Oprah.com from Colin Firth, the actor: “When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently…walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.”
Yes! That’s it exactly!
When I read, I’m all in. I check my “self” at the door and experience life from someone else’s perspective. Reading is not so much an intellectual activity for me, but a visceral one, emotional.
So is writing. When I write, even more so than when I read, I feel every emotion the characters feel. I laugh out loud, just me in my office. I get angry, I fall in love. I cry. It can be pretty tough when the characters are going through difficult times in their lives, but when they reach their happy endings (because my books always have happy endings), my heart sings…and I ride that high for at least a week.
My latest book is Three Sisters (Blackberry Island book 2). Andi, Deanna and Boston are neighbors. They own the Three Sisters, Queen Anne homes at the highest spot on Blackberry Island. The women—like the houses they call home—need one another to become their best selves. By the end of the book, Andi, Deanna and Boston will be forever friends. Sisters of the heart.
I went through every emotion possible while writing Three Sisters, which is a friendship story plus three passionate romances. Deanna’s and Boston’s marriages are both in a moment of crisis as the story starts, and each must rediscover her husband as the love of her life. After Andi was left at the altar by the man she thought she loved, she impulsively buys an old house in bad shape. If she can fix the house, she thinks, maybe she can fix herself, too. (And maybe her handsome contractor can take care of both jobs!)
Three Sisters was named one of the Top 13 New Books of 2013 by Christine Zika, editor in chief of the Rhapsody Book Club, who says Blackberry Island is “a place where they find friendship, heartbreak, romance, laughter and tears.” If you’re in a book club, visit BlackberryIsland.com for information on how your book club can schedule a phone call with me to discuss Three Sisters. You’ll find the Readers’ Discussion Guide there, too.
Join me at www.facebook.com/susanmallery on February 26 at 9:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EST for a live chat to celebrate the THREE SISTERS release day! We’ll have lots of fun—and prizes!