Interviews

Interview: Roberta Gately

by kelly on November 13, 2012

Roberta Gately’s The Bracelet has an intriguing premise: Boston nurse Abby Monroe and New York Times reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves entrenched in the middle of a human trafficking ring overseas. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed the murder of a Pakistani woman by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes the next casualty. I can’t wait to read it. Welcome, Roberta!

What is your favorite quality in a person?

Sense of humor. Laughter is the antidote for almost everything in life.

What is your least favorite?

Dishonesty, and that nagging feeling that someone is just insincere.

What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

Who is your greatest love?

As an optimist, I’m hoping I haven’t met him yet.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

My dream day is working in humanitarian aid, setting up a clinic in a remote region, and knowing I’ve
made a difference. There is no other feeling quite like it in the world.

What place do you love?

I can’t choose one–I love two places, as dissimilar as places can be, but both offer unique and simple
pleasure to me. Cape Cod–for the sheer pleasure of the ocean lapping at my feet, and Afghanistan–for the opportunity to provide aid in a place as desolate and desperate as you can imagine.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I am lucky enough to still be a nurse, a role that’s taken me around the world and allowed me an
abundance of opportunities.

Which person, living or dead, do you most admire?

It’s actually a group–the staff of the International Rescue Committee–they quietly
devote their lives to rescuing the world’s forgotten.

What are the words you live by?

Treat people as you want to be treated.

 

For more information on Roberta’s books, visit http://robertagately.com/

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Interview: Catherine McKenzie

November 1, 2012
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Catherine McKenzie’s novel Forgotten tells the story of a woman who returns home after a six-month journey to find that everyone she knows believed she was dead and has moved on without her. Publisher’s Weekly recently called her a “force to be reckoned with in women’s fiction.”

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Interview: Erika Robuck

September 17, 2012
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard all about Erika Robuck’s buzzed-about novel Hemingway’s Girl, set in 1930s Key West. When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, she enters a rarified world of lavish, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions […]

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Interview: Jane Porter

September 5, 2012
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Booklist called Jane Porter’s latest novel, The Good Woman, an “honest story of a woman making her first real mistake.” Meg Brennan Roberts is a faithful wife and doting mother, but years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and Meg feels burned out and empty. Then one instance of letting go of all […]

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Interview: Kaira Rouda

August 28, 2012
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Kirkus called Kaira Rouda’s latest novel All the Difference “a light, engaging read that keeps readers guessing until the end.” Sounds like the perfect end-of-summer mystery! Welcome to the blog, Kaira!   What is your favorite quality in a person? I like real people. I have this deep distaste for snarks and people who aren’t […]

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Interview: Heather Barbieri

August 22, 2012
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Heather Barbieri’s novel The Cottage at Glass Beach tells the story of a woman who flees a political scandal, retreating to a remote island off the coast of Maine to reconnect with her past–and come to terms with the childhood tragedy that haunts her. In a starred review, Booklist called it “a wonderful, subtle, transporting story.” […]

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Interview: Margaret Dilloway

August 20, 2012
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 Margaret Dilloway’s debut novel How to Be an American Housewife, impressed critics and wowed readers. Now Margaret is back, and her next novel promises to be just as enchanting. The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns tells the story of Gal Garner, a woman who leads a regimented life. She toggles between the dialysis center, […]

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