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Monday, September 10, 2012

Five Questions With ... Debra Ginsberg, author of "What The Heart Remembers"

Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Debra Ginsberg, author of "What The Heart Remembers."

Debra Ginsberg is the author of the memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters and the novels Blind Submission, The Grift, and The Neighbors Are Watching.
Her new novel, What the Heart Remembers, is published by NAL/Penguin and came out on September 4th. Her son, Blaze Ginsberg, is the author of his owm memoir, Episodes.
An avid and creative baker, she has contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and The Washington Post Book World; is a regular reviewer for Shelf Awareness and The San Diego Union-Tribune and works as a freelance editor. She lives in Southern California.
Check out her website at www.debraginsberg.com
Debra was gracious to answer a few questions about her writing, her inspirations and upcoming projects.
Sharon:   At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
Debra:   As soon as I knew what books were, I knew I wanted to write them. I started dictating stories to my mother at about the age of five because she could write much faster than I could at that point. I’ve saved some of those early efforts; my favorite was a story about a creature named Animal that liked to “eat dolls, especially good girls’ dolls.” Writing was always the first and last thing I ever wanted to do.
Sharon:  What three important facts do you want readers to know about your books?
Debra:   1.    I have favorites among my books (I’ll let you guess which those are).
2.    I never know what is going to happen at the end of a novel when I start writing it.
3.    Everything I’ve written in my memoirs is true.
Sharon:      Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?
Debra:   The list is impossibly long, I’m afraid. There are many contemporary authors I greatly admire and enjoy reading (Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, Tana French, Denise Mina, Mark Billingham, Marisa de los Santos, and Madeline Miller, to name but a brief few) and some—Anya Seton, Stephen King, and Toni Morrison to name just three—whose work entered my life a key moments and made a huge impact.
Sharon:      What do you have coming up in the future?
Debra:   I’m in the early stages of a new novel, which is starting to take shape. But, as always, I have a few other projects in the works (many of which involve cake).
Sharon:     What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?
Debra:  My first and best piece of advice is to read as much as possible and write as much as possible. That old saw about writing being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is true. Writing takes work and a great deal of effort and to be successful at it, I think, one has to be in it for the love of it.
About "What The Heart Remembers":
Whispers of the past…
When young Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor, her seemingly charmed life falls apart. Haunted by dreams of people and places she doesn’t recognize, Eden is convinced that her new heart carries the memories of its original owner. Eden leaves her old life behind as she is mysteriously drawn to the city of San Diego.

Whispers of the mind…

There, Eden becomes fast friends with Darcy, a young woman recently widowed by Peter, her wealthy, much older husband. But Darcy is unsettled by her inability to mourn, and more unsettled by recurring thoughts of Adam, a young musician she was having an affair with--who has suddenly vanished.

Whispers of the heart…

Yet, the more Eden learns about Darcy, the more she realizes that all is not as it seems, and she begins to suspect foul play behind Peter's and Adam’s fates. As the tension around them escalates, Eden’s mysterious dreams become more and more frequent. Can Eden listen to what her heart is trying to tell her before it is silenced forever?

My thanks to Erin Galloway at Penguin for coordinating this interview and to Debra Ginsberg for contributing her answers! 

Look for my review of "What The Heart Remembers" coming soon!


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