Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hey there! My name is Abby and I currently write out of the mountains of New Hampshire. I have released 3 — and soon to be 4 — books in the wild, but I have an additional 2 books waiting in the wings.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name is In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes — due out February 13, 2018 — and it was inspired by all the wedding drama I witnessed during the years when everyone (including myself) was getting married. Weddings can really bring out the worst in people (and not just in the usual "bridezilla" ways) and I wanted to capture that. I also was inspired by the unique geography of Florida: how some parts are considered the South, but other parts (like Miami) aren't. That made me want to create a fictional town that was a suburb of Miami, but tried to play itself off like a stereotypical southern town.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Probably the compulsion to write is my most unusual habit! I could be in the middle of anything — washing the dishes, feeding the animals, even driving — and I will stop whatever it was I was doing (as safely as I can) and write in whatever notebook is near me (or, if no notebook is near me, I'll write/dictate it into my phone).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Easily David Sedaris, Joan Didion, Cheryl Strayed, Lauren Groff, and Stephen King. They've each taught me something invaluable about storycrafting, wordsmithing, and staying true to yourself.
What are you working on now?
I'm in the preliminary stages of writing a new book! It's all just notes right now, but the ideas are coming together quite quickly and I can't wait to turn these ideas into an actual novel!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love social media, because it gives me a chance to connect with my readers. Internet 2.0 has given writers this golden opportunity to reach those that they never could've reached before. Goodreads and Instagram are my personal favorites.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it. Know that rejection is the name of the game and know that we all wish we were the exception to that rule. Keep at it. Write every day, even if it's just a blurb about what's on your mind. Keep at it. Read as voraciously as you write, perhaps more so. Keep at it. Find that fine line between knowing your writing could always improve and having faith in your current writing abilities. Keep at it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings." – Stephen King
(Meaning, be willing to delete things that don't work for the story, even if you absolutely love it. Don't literally kill your darlings.)
What are you reading now?
Always the Love of Someone – Huw Lawrence
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm exciting to see where In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes takes me! After that, I'll be organizing my newest poetry into a collection that I hope to have out by the end of the year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera