Today I am beyond excited to share an exclusive guest post with you written by author Maria Murnane. In case you missed my posts from earlier this week I shared my review on her novels Wait for the Rain and Bridges. Read on for a little Behind The Scenes insight on how the novels came to life.
How one particular friendship helped Bridges come to life!
Bridges is a story about how friendship can overcome differences of all kinds. In my own life, friendship helped me overcome the fear that my success as an author had come to an end. I make a living off my novels but am far from wealthy, so after I finished Wait for the Rain, which I absolutely loved writing, I put a lot of pressure on myself to begin another book right away. That proved to be a terrible decision, because I didn’t have a good idea for an interesting plot. As a result I ended up spending more than a year working on––forcing, actually––a lackluster story that was going nowhere. In the process I not only lost my joy for writing, but my confidence. When I finally decided to pull the plug on the book, I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me to write another one.
Fast-forward a few months, and during a visit to see my parents back to California I met up with my dear friend Annie, who may be the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. A devoted fan of my books—as well as the inspiration for the globe-trotting, ultra successful saleswoman Skylar character in both Wait for the Rain and Bridges—Annie convinced me to get back on the horse, and over dinner we put our heads together and came up with the idea for Bridges. It was a bare bones outline, but it got me motivated to try again.
As soon I returned to Brooklyn, I sat down and started writing. For months I wrote and wrote, and when I finished the first draft I emailed it to Annie to see what she thought.
The very next day I got this email from her:
OMG!!! Maria…it is 5:54am here in the Canary Islands and I stayed up all night reading your book!!! I was going to just start it by reading a couple of chapters and fall asleep (on my iPhone…not even my iPad) and ended up reading there entire thing on my phone! I was pretty much crying or had tears in my eyes the whole book (in a good way!) so I had to expand the text on my phone a bunch of times to read through the water works!
I absolutely LOVE it! You are an amazing writer (as I already knew) but I agree with you that this one is very special. You really got to the bottom of these characters and I am with you…I want to be friends with them too!
I never would have been able to write Bridges without Annie’s help and support, and I can only hope those who read it enjoy it a fraction as much as she did. Here’s to the power of female friendship!
The photo above is of the author Maria [left] and her friend Annie [right] at the launch party for Maria’s novels Katwalk. <3
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