Saturday, May 6, 2017

1 Laura Silverman, author of GIRL OUT OF WATER, on one ritual that hasn't changed in her writing process

We are thrilled to be joined by Laura Silverman to learn more about her debut novel GIRL OUT OF WATER.

Laura, what book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I’ve seen people compare GIRL OUT OF WATER with Jenny Han’s TO ALL THE BOYS trilogy, which is the most flattering thing ever. If for some reason you haven’t read her books, I would definitely recommend them if you like my book – quiet contemporary, focus on family.

How long did you work on GIRL OUT OF WATER?

I wrote five drafts over about six months. That was the bulk of the work, and I did it while I was earning my MFA in Writing for Children, so it was kind of my job and my luxury to focus on writing a novel. After that, my amazing agent picked it up. That process, then getting picked up by my publishing house, then edits for the house, makes the timeline a bit murky because there’s waiting between all of the stages. But I started writing it around Fall 2014 and finished most edits around Fall 2016.

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

My writing ritual has changed a lot because I have progressive chronic pain, so my disability is a lot worse now than when I wrote the majority of GIRL OUT OF WATER. I wrote most of the manuscript in a coffee shop across the street from my Brooklyn apartment (I swear that’s the most New York writer sentence I’ll ever say). I used to be able to work for hours straight.

Now I live back in Atlanta with my parents and have to write at home. I also have to write in short bursts because typing hurts my hands and sitting up hurts my back and chest. I used to be able to get seven or eight hours of writing done in a day. Now, on a “good” pain day, I can maybe get two to three hours in if I dedicate my full day to writing and take tons of needed breaks in between. It’s one of the most frustrating things about my chronic pain – knowing how much more I could create without it.

One ritual hasn't changed though – I like listening to classical music or white noise when I write. I studied abroad at Oxford University, and someone recorded the background sounds of The Bodleian Library. I’ll listen to it on loop while I write; it seriously feels like you’re working in a real library. When I edit I can listen to music with lyrics – for GIRL OUT OF WATER there was a lot of Beach Boys involved. 😀

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

The importance of writing THE END. This is the first novel I’ve ever finished, and I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I’ve finished short stories, but all of my earlier novel attempts always trailed off about one-third in because I would lose interest or get stuck. At one point, when you’re ready, you’ve just got to say: “I’m going to finish this book.” And then keep writing until you do. Accept first drafts aren’t pretty, push through the mushy middle, and keep writing until you get to THE END.

What are you working on now?

I recently sold my second book, WITHOUT ANSWERS. It’s also a YA contemporary. It’s very much a work in progress, but my character, Ariel, explores his Jewish identity and deals with intense academic pressure. And there may or may not be but definitely is a pretty swoony romance in there too. 😀


Girl out of Water
by Laura Silverman
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 5/2/2017

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer.

Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?

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Image result for laura silverman authorLaura Silverman currently live in Atlanta, Georgia, where she spends the majority of her time writing books, reading books, talking about books, watching lots of Netflix. Also, petting her dogs. She suffers from an undiagnosed illness and chronic pain. You can read a little about her chronic pain experience hereUnfortunately Laura can’t work full-time, but in addition to writing her own books, she does love her part-time job, which is editing novels and doing her best to help them get published. If you’re looking for help with your book - from a beta read to a query letter critique - check out her editing services! Laura's favorite genre is contemporary YA, but she genuinely loves ALL THE BOOKS. 


Have you had a chance to read GIRL OUT OF WATER yet? Have you had an experience that has drastically changed your writing process? What helps you to continue writing? Have you had the conversation with yourself to finish a book? What's stopping you? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

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

1 comment:

  1. This story sounds fun! I'm adding it to my TBR!

    Thanks for the interview!


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