We’re thrilled to welcome author Therese Walsh to The Debutante Ball today. Therese’s second novel, THE MOON SISTERS, released in hard cover on March 4th, 2014. Booklist gave it a starred review, saying “This magical, moving tale is not to be missed.”
About The Moon Sisters: After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz attempt to move on with their lives. Pragmatic Jazz takes a job in the same funeral home that handled her mother’s body, while spirited, strong-willed Olivia—who can see sounds and taste words—wants to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to see the will-o-the-wisp lights that she’d written about. A reluctant Jazz agrees to go with Olivia, and as they journey toward the wisps, their acceptance of their mother’s death becomes as important as their journey to understand each other and themselves.
Therese will giving away a copy of The Moon Sisters to one lucky commenter. Details at the end of this post!
Welcome, Therese! We have some burning questions to ask you, Therese. Tell us…
What three things would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
I’ll assume I can’t bring people. Non-people bring-alongs would include my dog Kismet, a Swiss army knife, and the biggest pack of matches I can find. If I can’t bring my dog, I’ll bring my Alphasmart. The batteries last forever. Really, they do.
Do you have any phobias?
Sort of. I am uncomfortable with the idea of ghosts or spirits hanging around and watching as I fumble through my life. I joke that I have a “spirits, hush” sign that I use at all times—meaning, “If you’re about, fine, but I don’t want to know it.”
What’s your next big thing?
I have two story ideas, and I’ve worked on both a little bit but not enough to be committed. I’m playing hard to get on purpose. I want to be wooed. Also, I’ll spend a good deal of the spring and summer preparing for the first Writer Unboxed live event, to take place this November in Salem, MA. Exciting stuff.
Has anyone ever thought a character you wrote was based on them?
Yes, people who know my sisters (Aimee and Heather) see a little of each of them in the Moon sisters (Olivia and Jazz). Aimee is a free-spirited, spontaneous adventurer like Olivia. Heather is more practical like Jazz; she’s very family centered and also more likely to drop an f-bomb than anyone I know. In my family, we find it funny that Aimee sees herself in Olivia but that Heather doesn’t see herself in Jazz.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Try not to be offended by critique of your work. Criticism is simply someone taking the time to point out where things might be improved. Don’t take it personally. Take it professionally. Lean into it. Hunger for it. Learn from it.
GIVEAWAY! Comment on this post by noon EDT on Friday, March 21, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Moon Sisters. Follow The Debutante Ball on Facebook and Twitter for extra entries—just mention that you did so in your comments. We’ll choose and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!
About Therese Walsh. Therese’s debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books of 2009, was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book, and was a TARGET Breakout Book. Therese is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, a site that’s visited daily by thousands of writers interested in the craft and business of fiction. She has a master’s degree in psychology. Aside from writing, Therese’s favorite things include music, art, crab legs, Whose Line is it Anyway?, dark chocolate, photography, unique movies and novels, people watching, strong Irish tea, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and their Jack Russell.