Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Margo Rabb as one of May’s featured authors.
The main character, Eva, has read 118 romance novels to try and fill the gap of love that appeared in her heart after her father passed away. While researching for Kissing in America, did you focus on reading romance novels so that you could experience what she felt?
Yes–I read lots of romance novels, and I also read many romances as a teen. Like Eva, I’m also a huge fan of classic novels with romantic plots, such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. For genre romance novels, my favorites are the cowboy ones, of course. Who doesn’t love a good cowboy romance? 🙂
What was the biggest difference when writing Cures for Heartbreak and Kissing in America?
I wrote Cures for Heartbreak as a series of connected short stories that I later wove together as a novel, so it’s a different form than Kissing in America, which I plotted out more thoroughly. As I wrote Kissing in America, I came up with a storyboard using index cards, and I kept that storyboard on the wall of my office as I wrote.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
Chocolate! I’m so completely obsessed with chocolate. I eat it every day–I love dark chocolate, chocolate-covered caramels, iced mochas…I could go on. One of my favorite places in the world is Brussels, where there are over 500 chocolatiers. I read that the average Belgian eats over 15 pounds of chocolate each year…that is my kind of person.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional print books?
I love print books–I don’t even have an e-reader. I love the feel of paper books and folding over the pages that I love. I also love to pick up books I’ve read and to re-read favorite parts of them out of sequence. I also love to look at my books on the shelves and think of where I was when I first read them, and I love having beloved books signed by the author. I once waited on line for many hours to have Alice Munro, who is one of my favorite authors, sign several of her books–it means so much to me to have her signature in them. It somehow makes the book come alive even more. So I’d have to say I not only prefer traditional print books, but I kind of worship them.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I’m not sure who could play Eva or Annie, but I have a fantasy that Meryl Streep could play Eva’s mom or Lulu! And Tina Fey would be a perfect Aunt Janet.
On days when you are not reading or writing, what are you doing?
Besides eating chocolate? My days are mostly spent writing, reading, and spending time with my husband and my two kids who are 5 and 8 years old. Because writing is so solitary, I talk to my closest friend on the phone nearly every day. It’s nice to have that break from writing. I also spend too much time browsing clothing and shoes at Modcloth.
Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.
Margo has also been generous to donate a signed hardcover of Kissing in America to ONE lucky winner!