We're pleased to have Erin Duffy back at CLC to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Lost Along the Way. She was last here in 2014 to feature On the Rocks. She's best known for her debut, Bond Girl, as it easily became a 2012 favorite for Melissa A.
Erin graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street, a career that inspired Bond Girl. She lives in New York with her husband and children. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
She's here today to play Loaded Questions with us, and we just love her answers. (Try NOT to laugh at the way she annoyed someone she knows really well.) Thanks to HarperCollins, we have FIVE copies of Lost Along the Way for some lucky readers.
All through childhood and adolescence, Jane, Cara, and Meg swore their friendship would stand the test of time. Nothing would come between them, they pledged. But once they hit their twenties, life got more complicated and the BFFs began to grow distant. When Jane eloped with her slick, wealthy new boyfriend and didn’t invite her oldest friends to the ceremony, the small cracks and fissures in their once rock-solid relationship became a chasm that tore them apart.
Ten years later, when her husband is arrested and publically shamed for defrauding his clients, Jane realizes her life among the one percent was a sham. Penniless and desperate, deserted by the high-society crowd who turn their surgically perfected noses up at her, she comes crawling back to her childhood friends seeking forgiveness. But Cara and Meg have troubles of their own. One of them is trapped in a bad marriage with an abusive husband, while the other can't have the one thing she desperately wants: a baby. Yet as much as they’d love to see Jane get her long overdue comeuppance, Cara and Meg won’t abandon their old friend in her time of need.
The story of three friends who find themselves on a laugh-out-loud life adventure, Lost Along the Way illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts. (Courtesy of Amazon.)
What would you do if you wanted to annoy someone?
I recently wanted to annoy my husband because I was bored, so I sent him a ton of bitmojis while he was at work. I’m not kidding, I think I sent thirty or forty consecutive bitmojis and pinged his phone for maybe five straight minutes. When he finally called me he was so annoyed he could barely keep his composure. I thought it was hysterical. He definitely did not, at least not at the time, but maybe he does now. I’ll have to ask him–– or, better yet, just do it again! I hope he’s not reading this.
What one person or thing best represents the 80's?
Molly Ringwald, Molly Ringwald, Molly Ringwald! Oh my God, is there anyone more synonymous with the 80’s? I loved her in everything she did. Pretty in Pink? Obsessed with it. The Breakfast Club? Loved it. Sixteen Candles? As far as I’m concerned, one of the best movies ever. I am such a fan of hers it’s ridiculous. Molly, if you’re reading this, I love you! That might be a little bit creepy. Sorry.
If you were a teacher, which subject would you teach?
That’s a no-brainer. I’d be a physical education teacher so that I could get paid to exercise while working. I’d create the best gym classes ever. “Okay kids, this week we’re going to learn yoga! Next week, cardio sculpt! After that, we’re doing nothing but ab work and butt exercises!” Plus, your work attire consists of sneakers, yoga pants, and ponytails. Seriously, where do I sign?
4 Non Blondes. Does anyone remember them? They had one hit back in the 90’s that I can’t even stand to listen to, but for some reason, I don’t want to get rid of the CD because it reminds me of the good times I had in high school. Are they still around? Actually, don’t answer that. I don’t even want to know.
What latest trend simply baffles you?
High-waisted jeans! Oh my God, can the person responsible for bringing them back please call me and explain your thought process? The only people who look good in high-waisted jeans are seventeen-year-olds with legs like a giraffe–– kind of a small percentage of the population. I’ll tell you who does not look good in high-waisted jeans: me. It will be a very, very happy day when they go back into the fashion archives for another thirty years. Can someone please make that happen?
What idea will you never be dissuaded from believing in?
Love conquers all. Sometimes, especially these days, it seems like an impossible idea. But, no matter what, I will never, ever stop believing it. I hope you don’t either!
Thanks to Erin for visiting with us and to HarperCollins for sharing her book with our readers.
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