Interview and Giveaway: Laura Fitzgerald, author of One True Theory of Love

images-1Recently I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, the wonderful Laura Fitzgerald.  Laura is the author of the bestselling book Veil of Roses, and a new novel, One True Theory of Love (reviewed here), which just came out in February.  Even though she is really busy promoting her book and going to book signings and festivals, she took the time to give me very thorough and thoughtful answers to my questions.  Please enjoy this interview, and leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win her new book!  

BOTB:  If you had to describe your new book in one sentence, what would that be?

Laura:  One True Theory of Love is a story about the redemptive power of second chances in life and love.

51svuaqeq5l_sl500_aa240_BOTB:  You mentioned your very own book club recently read and discussed One True Theory of Love.  What was that like for you? 

Laura:  It was incredibly fun, because it was such a celebration of a big goal achieved and these are great women with whom to celebrate. It was also a great discussion of the book’s themes of second chances and the changing nature of relationships. All in all, it was a fun night of much wine, great discussion, and laughter.

It was also a bit weird, because everyone was asking me about my husband’s forearms and are they as sexy as Ahmed’s in the book…That’s been the one big difference between Veil of Roses and One True Theory of Love. With the main character in Veil of Roses being from Iran, no one suspected there was anything of me in her. But with this second book, I’m being asked that question a lot: How much of Meg is you? And, of course, there’s a lot of me in both Tami and Meg, as there is a lot of me in every character I write. I’m all over my books, hiding in plain sight. 

n225748BOTB:  I’ve read on your website that the idea for the book came from a book club meeting you attended for your first book, Veil of Roses.  Can you tell us about that?

Laura:  Well, I was quite far along in my writing of this other story that just wasn’t working out – I couldn’t get the main character to be likable, and the story itself was so different from Veil of Roses in tone and temperament that I was coming to the sad conclusion that it wasn’t the right “next book” for me. This realization was confirmed as I met with three book clubs in Wisconsin in the course of a week. 

The clear message was they like the “make you laugh, make you cry” flavor of Veil of Roses. The book I’d been working on was a straight “make you cry” type of book. Also, in each book club, members were going through huge life changes, falling in or out of love, mourning the deaths of loved ones, and just in general fighting the good, hard fights that life presents us. And it just struck me how much courage it requires to build yourself back up after life has knocked you down. We like to believe our happy ending is out there, waiting for us – that no matter how bad things are, if we just try harder, or try AGAIN, good things will happen and we’ll be happy. That’s not always how it works – but this deliberate optimism is what helps us move forward. 

I hate to sound existential, but I believe the happiness can be found in the struggle. Life is richer for going after what you want when there’s no guarantee of a positive outcome. It just is. 

BOTB:  What has been the most exciting thing that has happened to you since becoming a best selling author?  How has it changed your life? 

Laura:  I can’t and won’t downplay how nice it is to forevermore get to be referred to as “national bestselling author,” but the life-changing part of it comes down to the fact that I had a hard-to-achieve goal and I achieved it – writing a novel good enough to be published at a time when no one cared whether I did it or not. I now get to spend my days doing what I love, in a way that is perfectly suited to my skills, wants and personality. I am figuring out how to tell great stories, and after years and years of work learning my craft, I am almost at a point where I feel I’m hitting my stride with my writing. It’s exciting for me personally to feel with some confidence that the next few books are going to be a culmination of a lot of work on the backend, and that the best is yet to be. 

To repeat: Life is richer for going after what you want when there’s no guarantee of a positive outcome. I feel like I’m walking on a tightrope and to stay on it requires every ounce of skill I have, plus some luck. It’s a position I love to be in. 

BOTB:  Do you write with a particular audience in mind, or do you just write what you like?  

Laura:  Pretty much all my stories center around women who have to summon the courage to do something that is hard for them to do in order to get their shot at happiness — it’s a proactive approach to life and ultimately very affirming. We save ourselves, and we find ourselves in the broken pieces. I firmly believe that. My audience is any woman who needs that message. 

BOTB:  What is the writing process like for you?  Do you treat it like a job- writing for a certain number of hours a day- or do you wait until inspiration strikes?  How do you manage to get anything done with two young kids at home? 

Laura:  Writing is my job, absolutely. I have an office that I go to Monday through Friday while my kids are at school. I’m at this phase in my life where I’d spend twice as much time on my writing if I could – seven days a week, probably, but I’m acutely aware that my kids won’t be this age forever. My top value at the moment is maintaining balance and it’s a constant struggle. So I leave my writing at the office and spend the rest of the time with my kids. And husband. And friends. (And on facebook.) 

BOTB:  Can you tell us about your workspace?  Do you have interesting things on the walls or on your desk to spark creativity?  

Laura:  I rent an office a few miles from my house, and it’s mine, baby – all mine. No phone, no internet connection, no husband, no kids. I don’t like clutter, so I keep my desk clear, with only a great view of the Catalina Mountains in front of me. I’ve got Ethan Allen furniture – desk, reading chair and bookshelves. I have three prints on my walls – two simple and artistic photographs, one of a book with its pages spread open and one of a cup of coffee shot from above (I love both coffee and books). I also have a print of Mark Twain with one of his quotes: I find it usually takes me three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. This has significance to me because I believe in doing a ton of work behind the scenes to make my writing come out smooth and easy. I’m a big planner and thinker and having my office – which I think of as my “pretty little prison cell” allows me the space and time to do both. And then to write, of course. 

BOTB:  You mentioned that you’re writing a sequel to Veil of Roses.  I’m so excited about that!  What will it be called, and when can we expect to see it in stores?  

Laura:  I’m working very hard to make this sequel even better than the first book. In addition to learning what happens after Tami and Ike’s wedding, I’m delving into the lives of two other characters from Veil of Roses – Tami’s mother, and Rose. 

As yet, it hasn’t been titled. I’m calling it GONE TO PICK FLOWERS, but that’ll likely change. It should be in stores by next summer (2010).

BOTB:  Laura, THANK YOU for your time and generosity!!  I loved your book and am so thrilled to be able to offer a copy of it to one lucky reader!

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Laura’s new book, One True Theory of Love, leave a comment here by Tuesday, March 17th.

63 Responses

  1. Please enter me in your contest. I have been trying to win a copy of this book for the last few weeks to no avail.

  2. This sounds really good! Please count me in.

  3. Great interview. I definitely want to read VEIL OF ROSES (it’s on my shelves) as well as the new one! Thanks for this opportunity!

  4. I love the irony you have to hurt in order to heal and learn to love again. I’m living proof of that…Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

  5. Great interview. It must have been very nerve-wracking for her listening to her friends discuss her book. I’m curious about Ahmed’s forearms now. Please enter me.

  6. I’d love a copy! It sounds wonderful.

  7. Just read the review as well. It sounds like a great book! Second chances, strong women, a little love story. It’s like the ultimate combination! haha.

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, if not, I’ll be sure to buy it or find a copy at the library.🙂

  8. lisa, what an interesting q&a! i’m going to put OTTOL in my tbr pile. thanks! (oh, and if i win it here, all the better!)

  9. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. This was a wonderful interview, and I must say that I’d love to be lucky enough to rent an office where I could write.

  10. I would like a chance to win a copy.

  11. wow, this was a great interview and I am really excited to read this book. count me in!

  12. I still haven’t read Veil of Roses, which is on my list. Now I’m looking forward to reading this one too. Great interview.

  13. Wow, an office that you go to. That is my dream.

    Please enter me though it seems the only way I can get a book is to agree to review one. I never win these things.

  14. Please enter me..I never win anything!!

  15. I always wonder how it would feel to be a best selling author so I am glad you asked how things have changed for her since she has become a national bestselling author. Her books sounds wonderful. I am going to have to check them out. I would love to win this one!

  16. This really makes me want to read both books by Laura Fitzgerald, so please enter me for a chance to win. Thanks so much for this offer! I will look for them even if I don’t win.

  17. I’ve posted this on Win a Book. Don’t enter me though.

  18. I’m definitley one for second chances! I’d love to win this book.

    thanks,

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  19. I very much enjoyed “Veil of Roses” and can’t wait to find out what happens in the sequel! But in the meantime, I would love to read Laura’s lastest book since I am one of those hoping for a “second chance at love”.

  20. Excellent interview! I read Veil of Roses with my book club last year, and we all enjoyed it. Please enter me in the giveaway for Laura Fitzgerald’s new novel!

  21. I would live to read her new book, it sounds great.

  22. Great interview! I hadn’t heard of this one until now, but it sounds wonderful.

  23. I enjoyed the interview very much and I totally agree with Ms. Fitzgerald’s philosophy, Life is richer for going after what you want when there’s no guarantee of a positive outcome.

  24. Love that you have your own office!🙂 I bet it’s easier to get things done wthout the distractions!

    Thanks for the contest! Good luck on your new book, eagerly awaiting it!

  25. great interview and sounds like a wonderful read thanks for the giveaway

  26. Life is richer for going after what you want when there’s no guarantee of a positive outcome

    I really like that.

  27. I like to enter the contest.

  28. Sounds like a wonderful book – please count me in

  29. Sounds like an interesting story about an interesting woman and her life. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  30. Please include me in your drawing.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9@verizon.net

  31. Great interview! I would love to be entered!

  32. I’d love to enter, sounds great!🙂

  33. Nice interview! I haven’t heard of this author, but I am curious to read Veil of Roses now. Please enter me as well. Thanks!

  34. This book looks fascinating and I’d love the opportunity to win it!

  35. Wonderful interview, I enjoyed it! I would love a chance to read the book, it sounds great!

  36. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. The interview was fascinating and gave me insight into this author and the novel.

  37. I enjoyed reading this interview.

  38. yay. i wud love to have this one!! Interview is gr8. Book should be great to read!!

  39. Nice interview – I would love to read this book. Please count me in your drawing!

    Thanks,
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

  40. PLease enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  41. Great interview. I really want to read both books.

  42. Nice interview! The books sound good, too! Thank you for the chance to win one. Looking forward to reading them both one way or another!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  43. great interview! I would love a chance to win this book!

  44. I would love to read this.

    Thanks

  45. Gret interview.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

  46. The book sounds wonderful. Would love to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  47. What a really nice blog and a super giveaway! Thanks for entering me in this!

  48. Great interview and it sounds like a great book.

  49. I saw this book in a store today. I read the back and I was like I need to get this book. Too bad I couldn’t get it though.

  50. Please enter me! I loved Veil of Roses, and this book sounds great as well!

  51. I’d love to win a copy!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  52. I would love to win this book! I loved Veil of Roses!!

  53. great interview- count me in

  54. Thanks for the interview and letting me “meet” the author. Much appreciated–count me into the giveaway and thank you!

  55. Great interview. Please enter me in this contest.

    Thanks

    sharon54220@gmail.com

  56. I love the story of the way she came to write this book–that discussions with women led her to change the path she was on for the next book after Veil of Roses. Please enter me in the drawing.

  57. I’d love a chance to win her book. Please count me in. Thank you so much!

  58. Thank you for posting this interview. This sounds like a wonderful book! Please enter me in your drawing!

  59. I’ve heard great things about this book – please count me in!

  60. Really enjoyed the interview, what a down to earth author. As a firm believer what doesn’t break you makes you stronger, I now can’t wait to read this book. having suffered a few ‘set backs’ myself it sounds just my kind of read.

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