UNCOMMON ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED OF NOVELISTS
Marilyn Simon Rothstein,
Author, Lift And Separate
Can you describe Lift And Separate in a sentence?
Lift And Separate is the story of Marcy, a woman forced to restart her life when her husband of thirty-three years, the Bra King, finds a perkier fit.
Are you divorced?
No, but sometimes my husband wishes I was.
What was it like working as a writer for “Seventeen” magazine?
Starting in seventh grade, I read the magazine every month. So, of course, I was thrilled to work there. I wrote features about home and food, fashion and beauty.
I can still answer any question about acne.
How do you take your coffee?
In a cup—it’s less messy. I always add milk.
Who would you invite if you could have dinner with any writer in the world?
I’d invite my eldest daughter. She’s a TV writer as well as an award-winning playwright. I’m done bragging now.
What’s on your night table?
Right now, my cat.
What book would we be surprised to see on your bookshelf?
The picture books for children by Mo Willems. My favorite is Let’s Go For A Drive! From a suitcase to a map, Elephant and Piggy gather everything needed to take a ride in a car. Then, they realize something important–they don’t have a car.
What is your writing process?
First, I have a large snack. Then I write. Then I might have something to eat. Then I look in the freezer for ice cream. If there’s no ice cream, I think about writing while standing in front of my open fridge.
When will your next novel be published?
My next novel appears in early 2018, also from Lake Union Publishers. It will be available for pre-order on Amazon.
Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.
Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.
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