1--What is the title of your latest release?
NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF PRINCE WERE ALIVE
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
When an incoming hurricane disrupts a busy mom’s life and (spoiler alert, marriage), she’s got to beat the storm without losing her marbles.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
I live in Savannah, Georgia. It is a beautiful coastal city full of creative, hilarious, and passionate people. For many years, we were lucky that major storms scooted by us and then we got walloped by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which inspired the action of the book.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
Absolutely. I would buy her beer and tell her she’s a great mom. Also, I would tell her it was rude to say those things about Taylor Swift and she should listen to Midnights so we can discuss it.
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Plucky, vibrant, seething.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
Rejection makes me a better writer and human.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
I edit in little chunks. I used to wait until the end but now the idea of a gigantic pile of word vomit stresses me out!
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Dried mangoes! Also, I enjoy a solid charcoots plate because they are delicious, and it gives you an activity. Like a craft at a kid’s party.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I sit on the couch in my living room with my laptop. I am more productive if I take my computer to the library or a coffee shop, but when that happens, I don’t have Dale, my giant rescue dog sleeping in dead bug pose on my feet. So, pros and cons.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Gabrielle Zevin all day long.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
Weep. I got “the call” on the same day my grandmother passed. Do you remember in the movie, Inside Out, after Joy spends the whole time trying to push Sadness away and eventually realizes that these feelings need each other for the other one to exist? That’s how I felt on that day. Y’all would have adored Grandma Rita. She was feisty.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary fiction. But I am super electo! If you tell me something (non-fiction or fiction) is fascinating and/or beautiful, you can bet your booty I’ll read it.
14--What’s your favorite movie?
15--What is your favorite season?
Fall! (Which we don’t really have in Savannah. Can I come to your house?)
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I make my family go out for Indian food and then the over-21s (my husband and I) drink Malbec and then we all have a dance party in the backyard with twinkly lights.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
I shall choose one of each. TV show: the Boys (to warn you, there are heads exploding.) Movie: Jojo Rabbit. Book: the Guncle by Stephen Rowley. Podcast: Once Upon a Time at Bennington College (my friend Lili’s brilliant deep dive into the literary Brat Pack. Plenty o’ drama and cocaine for everyone in this one.)
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Tex-mex all day long.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
I don’t understand this question. Kidding! (Sorta.) I love yoga, listening to live music and “squaring”—an expression my family made up which consists of buying a fancy coffee and strolling downtown among Savannah’s squares.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
I’m working on my next book and I hope y’all will read it! As always, I am fascinated by the way we, especially women, lose ourselves and find ourselves again, and the brutal and sometimes hilarious challenges of parenting. Plus, there are so many celebrity deaths I’m still recovering from.
Ramona’s got a bratty boss, a toddler teetering through toilet training, a critical mom who doesn’t mind sharing, and oops—a cheating husband. That’s how a Category Four hurricane bearing down on her life in Savannah becomes just another item on her to-do list. In the next forty-eight hours she’ll add a neighborhood child and the class guinea pig named Clarence Thomas to her entourage as she struggles to evacuate town.
Ignoring the persistent glow of her minivan’s check engine light, Ramona navigates police check points, bathroom emergencies, demands from her boss, and torrential downpours while fielding calls and apology texts from her cheating husband and longing for the days when her life was like a Prince song, full of sexy creativity and joy.
Humor | Women's Fiction Contemporary [Atria Books, On Sale: November 8, 2022, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781982188863 / eISBN: 9781982188887]
Carolyn Prusa has written for Savannah Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications. She lives in Savannah with her husband, two sons, and giant rescue dog, Dale, who looks like a Wookie and sings like an angel.
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