Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up home that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she’s got a chance—her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn’t planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.
Interview with Lynn Weingarten
You’ve had a lot of very different jobs – barista, counter girl, editor, etc. Were those experiences helpful in writing your first novel?
Lynn: Oh yes, definitely. My editing job was hugely helpful. (Spending a lot of time looking at what is and is not working in other peoples’ writing is a great way to get better at fixing ones own). The editing job was at a book packager/media production company so I also learned a lot about plotting books, coming up with ideas, etc. The other jobs were maybe less directly helpful, although still contributed in an all-the-experiences-you’ve-ever-had-will-contribute-to-who-you-are-and-therefore-what-you-write sort of way. Boy, that sounds really corny. But it’s true!
Also, I don’t think I would have made Ellie a barista had I not had the experience of being one.
A lot of people talk about writing a book, but never get around to it. Was there a turning point that made you just sit down and start writing?
Lynn: The turning point was that I had a contract to write the book and a due date! J. The book was sold off of an outline and sample chapters, so by the time I sat down to do the bulk of the writing I already had a deadline looming. I find deadlines very helpful
Were you influenced by current or past news when writing Wherever Nina Lies?
Lynn: I wasn’t influenced by any specific story, but was definitely influenced by all of the missing person signs/news reports/etc that I’ve seen over the years.
What are your three favorite books of all time?
Lynn: Hmm, that is a very hard question. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books for sure; it’s one of the only books that I reread regularly. I love pretty much everything I’ve ever read by Lucy Ellmann, Graham Greene and Margaret Atwood. I’m not sure I could pick favorites though.
Do you have any writing rituals? Do you listen to music while you write, or have a special writing area?
Lynn: I don’t really have any set rituals. There are a bunch of different places where I like to write depending on the weather, if I’m on deadline, my mood, how crowded the places are on that particular day, where I’m having a writing day with a writer friend and whether or not I am hungry. Some of the places I write the most are: my favorite coffee shop, my second favorite coffee shop, another random coffee shop that has good cookies, a Starbucks in my neighborhood (it is sort of a sad Starbucks, but they have very strong air conditioning which is nice in the summer), a giant Whole Foods which has a huge seating area, on a lawn chair on my roof, at the desk in my living room and in my kitchen. Sometimes I like to listen to music and other times I listen to a rainstorm mp3 on repeat.
And oh! I tend to eat a lot of hard candy while I’m writing and chew a lot of gum. Lately this means a lot of butter rum and caramel flavored Nips and strawberry Trident. Right now I am chewing three pieces.