Come on now, admit it. This one just makes you want to read it and you've not even read the premise of this new book by the author of best-selling books SEE JANE DATE and LOVE YOU TO DEATH. The Joy referred to here is a sister the protagonist never knew she had, the product of her father's affair, a secret he's kept until his deathbed, when he finally asks his daughter Rebecca to go track down her half-sister in a small town in Maine.
"The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate opened my heart, made me laugh, cry, and smile all at the same time. A don't-miss read!" –New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
"The Secret of Joy is a warm hug of a book. Insightful, wise, and romantic, it's as inviting as the small-town life it depicts." –Claire LaZebnik
"A wonderfully heartfelt story about hope, possibilities and the yearning for real connections. Senate's latest will take you on a much needed vacation, while sneaking vital life lessons in when you're not looking." –Caprice Crane
.Here's my interview with Melissa whose newest book THE SECRET OF JOY you can order at Amazon.
1. If I had to offer two bumper sticker explanations for my novel, they’d be “Appearances are deceiving” and “Mean people suck.” Tell me what your slogans would be, and why:
A: “Live and let live” and “Be Kind.” Two more self-explanatory slogans there never were!
2. Your two favorite movies over the past twelve months and why?
I loved “Julie & Julia” because of the acting and the cooking and because it showed such loving, supportive marriages with great men, great husbands. Seriously, it almost made this cynical divorcee want to get married again. The other ten movies I’ve seen this year were for seven-year-olds. I’ve seen everything from “Up “to “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” to “Coraline.” I take my son to every kid movie on opening day, a tradition in our little house of two.
2. What was the one thing you learned in getting your book published that you were really surprised to find out?
A: That you need alligator skin. Seriously.
4. If you had to pick one and only one condition (beyond computer or pen and paper) that would allow you to write would it be: a. solitude b. caffiene c. sleep d. food e. sex or f. ______.
A: Solitude, hands down.
- Do you have a favorite genre? If so, who are your three favorite writers? If not, who are your three favorite writers and how have they influenced your work?
A: My three favorite authors are Anne Tyler, Elinor Lipman, and Maeve Binchy. I’m also getting enamored with Elizabeth Berg. I love, love, love, all the contemporary women’s fiction being published these days. All these interesting, thoughtful novels about the female experience. The covers are irresistible to me.