We've had our eye on Lisa Beazley's debut novel, Keep Me Posted, thanks to the eye-catching cover and the interesting premise. So we're glad to have her at CLC today to tell us more about it. Thanks to Berkley/NAL, we have TWO copies for some lucky US readers!
Lisa traded her corporate communications career for fiction writing when she moved from New York to Singapore with her husband and children. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Lisa has a journalism degree from Ohio University and has lived and worked in Cleveland, Honolulu, and New York City. When she’s not reading or writing, Lisa is sharpening her toad-catching, Lego-building, and deep-breathing skills as the mother of three young boys. (Bio courtesy of Lisa's website.)
Visit Lisa at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Keep Me Posted is about two sisters - one in New York, one in Singapore - who have grown apart over the years due to different life paths and comfort levels with technology and social media. So Sid, the Singapore sister and the luddite, proposes they try writing letters - it'll be an experiment: one year of no phone calls, Skyping, emailing, etc., Just snail mail. Cassie, the iPhone clutching, Facebook-addicted, harried city mom, agrees. Her life isn't exactly ticking along, and she'll try anything for a chance to reconnect with her beloved older sister.
And it works. The sisters find themselves sharing intimacies, revealing secrets, making embarrassing confessions, and leaning on each other through ups and downs of marriage and motherhood. By the summer Cassie and Sid are closer than ever -- despite other areas of their lives falling apart. And Cassie no longer craves the momentary highs of a well-received Facebook status, but rather lives for the soul-nourishing satiety only found in letters exchanged with her sister.
But before we chalk it up as a win, that pesky Internet gets involved, thanks to a serious lapse in judgment Cassie had way back in the beginning of the year. Soon enough, all hell breaks loose and Cassie must own up to every secret she’s revealed over the past year. It’s a look at what we share (on purpose or not) in the age of social media, and how that impacts our relationships and our identities.
I had been living in Singapore for a couple years and my little boys had recently started going to school. I was planning to go back to work, but first I gave myself a bit of time to try something new. When I started writing creatively and decided to attempt a novel, the theme that came to the forefront and ended up driving the whole story, really, was the struggle to maintain my most important relationships across oceans, and in my own home and local community while being constantly (and voluntarily!) bombarded by social media. I knew that the quality of my relationships were more important than the quantity, but with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram providing little bursts of comfort and connection anytime I picked up my phone, it became an effort to focus my energies in a way that prioritized my VIPs. Getting to work through these issues in a novel, without being tethered to my own reality, was a blast.
In one sentence, what was road to publishing like?
Roller-coaster-esque: anticipatory, thrilling, terrifying, occasionally nausea- inducing.
How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
A little of both. I outline, but as my characters develop, they wind up doing things that take some aspects of the plot in a totally different direction. So I go off in a new direction as long as I can, and then when I get stuck, I’ll re-outline and go from there, repeating this process again and again until I’m done.
If Keep Me Posted were to become a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Oh, this is fun because you need two actresses who could play sisters: One is a bit of a havoc-wreaking mess, and the other one is this calm and beautiful yogi-type. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Byrne would be brilliant. I also love Rashida Jones as Cassie with Zoe Saldana as Sid. Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence would make awesome Sunday sisters. I could do this all day…
What is your favorite way to connect with people?
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
My kids are always doing and saying hilarious things. I have three little boys, and once, my five year old said to me, with genuine pity and concern: “Mom. You are the only one in our family without a penis.” I assured him that I was doing just fine without one.
Thanks to Lisa for chatting with us and Berkley/NAL for sharing her book with our readers.
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