Saturday, July 1, 2017

0 Luanne Rice, author of THE BEAUTIFUL LOST, on feeling her way through a story

We're honored to have Luanne Rice with us to talk about her latest novel, THE BEAUTIFUL LOST.

Luanne, what was your inspiration for writing THE BEAUTIFUL LOST?

There were several things—like Maia, I was depressed as a teen; from my bedroom window I could see an orphanage on a distant hill; I went to sea on a schooner to study whales, and I wanted to weave my love for them into the novel.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why?

Maia returning to the psychiatric hospital was really hard. The feeling of being locked up—even for her own safety—the walls closing in on her, the inability to function the way she wanted to, reminded me of my own experiences.


What did writing THE BEAUTIFUL LOST teach you?

That love counts for everything. Not just romantic love or love for family and friends, but finding a way to get past the hurt and pain, to understand and accept who we really are to do one of the hardest things in the world, to really love ourselves.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE BEAUTIFUL LOST?

That sadness will come and go in life, but if it gets really bad, it’s really important to ask for help. Really important. And no matter how bad you feel, things will get better.

Tell us about your road to publication. How many books did you write before you first got published?

My first publication was a poem when I was eleven. It appeared in the newspaper one day. I thought that was pretty cool and magical, and I had no idea that my mother had sent it in. My next was a short story in American Girl magazine. After that I kept writing short stories, a form I still love. I wrote a novel called FAVORED DAUGHTERS, and to this day it lives in a drawer. It never got published, but it helped me find an agent—Andrea Cirillo, with whom I still work today. I wrote a different version of it, and it became my first published novel, ANGELS ALL OVER TOWN.

What's your writing ritual like? Work at home, listen to certain music and etc?

I always love writing in hotel lobbies, but my true favorite place is at home with my three cats napping in baskets on my desk. I get up early, drink coffee, never speak out loud until I’ve written for at least an hour, take breaks to walk on the beach and pick up shells and sea glass and feel my way through the story, from the paragraph I just wrote into what-happens-next.

What are you working on now?

A novel about a girl who disappears from her home town.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Beautiful Lost
by Luanne Rice
Hardcover
Point
Released 6/27/2017

Here are three things to know about Maia:

1. Ever since her mother left, Maia's struggled with depression -- which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn't want to go back.

2. Maia's sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can talk about whale songs and constellations, then everything will be okay again.

3. She's in love with Billy, the handsome, brooding boy who lives in the group home in town. He doesn't seem to know that Maia exists... until now.

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, Billy unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own -- and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

From internationally bestselling author Luanne Rice, this is a sweeping, stunning story about the surprising directions our hearts can take.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. Her next YA novel, The Beautiful Lost, will be out from Scholastic in 2017.  The Secret Language of Sisters, was her first YA book. Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree.  Her papers are located in the college's Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in the Literary Arts category for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist.  

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Have you had a chance to read THE BEAUTIFUL LOST yet? Do you pull several things from your life together to create a new story? Have you tried writing in hotel lobbies? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

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

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