Saturday, May 27, 2017

0 Trish Doller, author of IN A PERFECT WORLD, on a bumpy road to publication

We have entered a perfect world, where we are lucky to be joined by Trish Doller to chat about her latest novel, IN A PERFECT WORLD.

Trish, what do you hope readers will take away from IN A PERFECT WORLD?

I hope readers will fall in love with the historically dense, frenetic, smelly, wonderful city of Cairo. I hope they swoon for the charming boy whose dream is to work in a world-famous kitchen someday. And I hope they gain a respect for the differences and an appreciation for the similarities between Islam and Christianity.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I think people who enjoy travel romances like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS or LOVE AND GELATO will enjoy the kissing, kushary, and kindness of IN A PERFECT WORLD.


What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I do most of my writing while sitting on my living room couch. I like the quiet of home--I get distracted in coffee shops--and I like being able to stop and take a nap, if I feel like it. Sometimes I listen to music--particularly if I need a little inspiration--but most of the time I prefer quiet.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

My road to publication was a little bit bumpy. My first book was sold to a publisher, but when my editor was laid off, the deal died and we were never able to sell the book again. In the meantime, I started working on Something Like Normal, which turned out to be my debut instead.

To date, I've written six complete novels. The first was the one that never sold. The next four were Something Like Normal, Where the Stars Still Shine, The Devil You Know, and In a Perfect World. The sixth is an adult novel that has not sold, but I'm not done trying.

What are you working on now?

My next project is about two girls who sail from Ohio to Florida as a deathbed promise to their best friend, armed with only a weird list of clues to the stops along the way. The girls must work together to reach their destination, deal with their grief, and find their way back to friendship. The working title is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, but because of the movie, that will probably change.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a Perfect World
by Trish Doller
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
Released 5/23/2017

Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trish Doller has been writing for as long as she can remember, but didn't try to be a published author until more recently.

Trish was born in Berlin, Germany (when there was still a wall), but grew up in Ohio and graduated with a degree in journalism from Ohio State University. She has worked as a radio personality on a morning show and as a journalist for her hometown newspaper. Along the way, she married someone really awesome and followed him around the country from Maine to Michigan and back to Ohio.

These days she lives, works, and sails in Florida with a relentlessly optimistic border collie and an ex-pirate, but has dreams of running away to Grenada and never coming back.

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Have you had a chance to read IN A PERFECT WORLD yet? Have you read writing that made you fall in love with a place? Have you had a book deal die? What was your solution to not sharing that story with others? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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