1. Lisa Steinke: What is your favorite thing about your novel?

Allie Larkin: Van.  I know she’s not real, but I love her fiercely.  She’s a character who almost wrote herself.  I love the way she wears her feelings so close to the surface, and I love how earnest she is in her struggles.  I also had a blast writing Diane.  She always surprised me.

 

2. LS: What was your highest point while writing your book? Your lowest point?

AL: High: Working with my writing group.  It’s an amazing thing to get to share work with other writers and watch their characters and stories grow.

Argo is a happy, healthy dog, these days.  He’s also the cover model for the hardcover version of STAY.

 

3. LS: How did you come up with the title for your book?

AL: The original title for the book was SAVANNAH LEONE AND HER TRUSTY DOG JOE, which, for whatever reason, I thought was totally the most brilliant title ever.  Luckily, it was made known to me that I’d need to choose a better title and I snapped out of my delusion.  I was in Wegmans looking at book covers and noticing that a lot of them had one or two word titles.  All of a sudden STAY popped into my head, and I knew it was the title.

 

4. LS: If you could see one celebrity reading your book, who would it be?

The correct answer is Oprah, right? 

 

I have to admit that I’m obsessed with Amy Poehler, and would probably pass out if I ever found that out she read STAY.

 

5. LS: What is the last book you read? What is the next book you want to read?

AL: I just finished The Art of Forgetting  by Camille Noe Pagán, which is a beautiful look at the complexities of love and friendship.  I’m reading Two Years, No Rain  by Shawn Klomparens right now.  Shawn is one of my favorite writers.  His characters feel like people I know. 

 

6. LS: What is the best compliment you've received about your book?

AL: When I get an e-mail from a reader saying that they stayed up way too late because they couldn’t put STAY down, I always tear up a little bit.  I love it so much when a book grabs me that way, so it’s surreal and wonderful to have written something other readers feel that way about.

 

 

8. LS: What is the oldest piece of clothing in your closet? AL: Oh, this is embarrassing.  I have a pair of Converse from high school. I graduated in 1995, and I think I had them as a freshman.  I wore them when I went shopping with my friend Jules last year and my socks were sticking to the rubber on the insoles because the lining had worn away.  She made me buy a new pair of Converse right then and there.  I don’t wear the old ones anymore, but I still love them.  I can’t bring myself to throw them away yet.

 

 

 

 

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by booklover128 on ‎07-25-2011 11:45 AM

Great interview and this sounds like a wonderful book!

 

But I will be waiting to read it until the Nook Book price comes down to reasonable levels. Why is it priced at $18.99?

 

It is on my wishlist for the future.

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎08-01-2011 11:41 AM

booklover128- I'm not sure. Let me investigate!


LisaSteinke wrote:

 

 

 

 

1. Lisa Steinke: What is your favorite thing about your novel?

Allie Larkin: Van.  I know she’s not real, but I love her fiercely.  She’s a character who almost wrote herself.  I love the way she wears her feelings so close to the surface, and I love how earnest she is in her struggles.  I also had a blast writing Diane.  She always surprised me.

 

2. LS: What was your highest point while writing your book? Your lowest point?

AL: High: Working with my writing group.  It’s an amazing thing to get to share work with other writers and watch their characters and stories grow.

Argo is a happy, healthy dog, these days.  He’s also the cover model for the hardcover version of STAY.

 

3. LS: How did you come up with the title for your book?

AL: The original title for the book was SAVANNAH LEONE AND HER TRUSTY DOG JOE, which, for whatever reason, I thought was totally the most brilliant title ever.  Luckily, it was made known to me that I’d need to choose a better title and I snapped out of my delusion.  I was in Wegmans looking at book covers and noticing that a lot of them had one or two word titles.  All of a sudden STAY popped into my head, and I knew it was the title.

 

4. LS: If you could see one celebrity reading your book, who would it be?

The correct answer is Oprah, right? 

 

I have to admit that I’m obsessed with Amy Poehler, and would probably pass out if I ever found that out she read STAY.

 

5. LS: What is the last book you read? What is the next book you want to read?

AL: I just finished The Art of Forgetting  by Camille Noe Pagán, which is a beautiful look at the complexities of love and friendship.  I’m reading Two Years, No Rain  by Shawn Klomparens right now.  Shawn is one of my favorite writers.  His characters feel like people I know. 

 

6. LS: What is the best compliment you've received about your book?

AL: When I get an e-mail from a reader saying that they stayed up way too late because they couldn’t put STAY down, I always tear up a little bit.  I love it so much when a book grabs me that way, so it’s surreal and wonderful to have written something other readers feel that way about.

 

 

8. LS: What is the oldest piece of clothing in your closet? AL: Oh, this is embarrassing.  I have a pair of Converse from high school. I graduated in 1995, and I think I had them as a freshman.  I wore them when I went shopping with my friend Jules last year and my socks were sticking to the rubber on the insoles because the lining had worn away.  She made me buy a new pair of Converse right then and there.  I don’t wear the old ones anymore, but I still love them.  I can’t bring myself to throw them away yet.

 

 

 

 


 

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