AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Meredith Goldstein
We're delighted to have Meredith Goldstein on Trashionista today. Boston Globe columnist Meredith's new novel, The Wedding Guests, hit the shelves last week...
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
Five dateless and emotionally complicated wedding guests steal the show from the bride and groom.
What inspired you to write The Wedding Guests?
I've been to so many weddings by myself, and I know I'm not the only one. At every wedding, I see single strangers, aunts without uncles, neighbors who didn't get invited with plus-ones, and high school friends who just couldn't find a date. I wanted to write a book for us - the weddings guests who get squeezed into a ninth seat at a table for eight.
Where do you do most of your writing?
When I started "The Wedding Guests," I had no self-control. I'd have to write in my aunt's basement so that I wasn't tempted to relax and watch television. But by the end of the process, I could write anywhere. Now I just write on my couch with a nice pillow behind my back.
What is your favourite book?
I have to pick just one? I'll say ... John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire."
Which part of The Wedding Guests was the most enjoyable to write?
I loved writing the men. It was so fun to get into their heads - to pretend I was a 40-something uncle of the bride or a ballpark security guard. I should admit that at least two of my male characters are based on exes. I was pleased with myself for being able to write them with so much love. I turned them into heroes. Talk about closure ...
What are you currently reading?
I'm addicted to young adult fiction. I keep re-reading the "Vampire Academy" series. Don't let the name turn you off. It's very good.
Who is your favourite heroine?
Jane Rosenal from Melissa Bank's "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing." I've always wanted to be Jane's friend.
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published writers?
Don't let too many friends read your first drafts. You only need one or two readers. Edits are subjective, and with too many readers, you'll start to get conflicting advice. Conflicting advice will make your head spin. Show your work to just one or two friends - and then look for an agent.
Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?
Yes! All I'll say about my second book is that it's about love - and chemistry. My favorite things.
You can find out more about Meredith Goldstein over at her website.