Please welcome back to the blog author Barbara Davis who is here talking about her second novel The Wishing Tide. Enjoy our chat and learn how this Jersey born woman is considered a "Southern Author".
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 9/2/2014
From the acclaimed author of The Secrets She Carried comes a novel about the pull of the past and the power of love. As offseason begins on the Outer Banks, a storm makes landfall, and three unlikely strangers are drawn together
Five years ago, Lane Kramer moved to Starry Point, North Carolina, certain the quaint island village was the place to start anew. Now the owner of a charming seaside inn, she’s set aside her dreams of being a novelist and of finding love again.
Barbara welcome back
to The Reading Frenzy, congratulations on your second book release.
Tell my readers about The Wishing Tide.
Thanks so much for
having me back. The Wishing Tide is set on Starry Point, N.C, a fictional island
situated along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s the story of three very
different, and very scarred people—a recently divorced inn owner from Chicago, a
New England lit professor, and an eccentric old woman island locals have
nicknamed Dirty Mary—who are thrown together when a tropical storm makes landfall.
On the surface they seem to have absolutely nothing in common. But when the threads
of an old island secret gradually begin to unravel, reweaving themselves around
a decades-old tragedy, the things that bind them eventually become clear, threatening
to alter their lives forever. Ultimately, Tide is a story about grief and forgiveness.
Each of the characters is stuck in one way or another, so mired in grief and guilt
that they no longer know who they are or what they want. Eventually, they have
to find a way to forgive the past—and themselves—and to fight for the lives
Barbara both novels
are set in North Carolina is the reason just because you live in the Carolinas
or is it something else?
Well, book one, The
Secrets She Carried, is set on an old tobacco plantation, so what better place
to set it than North Carolina.And I
knew from the get-go that The Wishing Tide was going to be set on an island with
a lighthouse and beautiful windswept dunes, so again, where better than the
Outer Banks. It’s such a rich state, with so many beautiful setting to offer,
mountains, oceans, lakes, beaches. You name it, we’ve got it.
Barbara the covers of
both your novels are stunning.
Did you have anything to do with the choices?
I have to say, the
art department at Penguin is top notch. The first time I saw both covers I
actually cried I was so in love with them. As to having input, they are all
about picking my brain for ideas, and making sure the images they use are true
to the story and the characters. They encourage me to send art that appeals,
and are very careful to make sure my covers convey each novel’s feel and
concept, which I love. Just one of the many things that makes being a Penguin
author one of the best gigs on the planet.
I’ve often mentioned
how I love the unique cadence of a Southern, Low Country novel.
Do you think a Yankee could write one?
I was born in New
Jersey, so no one was more surprised when I found myself labeled as a “southern
writer” though maybe I shouldn't have been when I think back at how quickly I
picked up a drawl. I think as a writer one of your best tools is your ear. I
love dialect and rhythm, in speech as well as prose, the way words feel and
sound and taste in the mouth. I have a sort of metronome in my head when I
write, that tells me when I’m off, and when I’m on. So yes, I think it’s
Barbara you have your
first and second novel now under your belt. What if anything has changed as far
as you the writer?
On Secrets, I was what’s
called a total Pantser. In other words, I wrote the entire novel by the seat of
my pants, resulting in several false starts, a book that was much too long, and
took two years to write. With Tide, as well as the book I’m working on now,
I’ve become a maniacal Plotter. I’ve learned the absolute necessity, for me at
least, of working from a detailed outline. The outline for Tide was one hundred
and thirty pages long. The outline for my current work in progress is one
hundred and sixty pages.Now, every
morning when I boot up the laptop, I know exactly what scenes I’ll be working
on. I stay on point and on word count. If I’ve done what I’m supposed to on the
outline, the novel almost writes itself.
Barbara on your last
visit you told us you were a voracious reader.
Tell us the best book you’ve read since we chatted last year.
Oh, there are so
many great books out there right now, but I think I’d have to say my favorites
was The In Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White. She writes such wonderfully
damaged, real-life characters who have to fight through their issues and scars
to find hope and love. I absolutely loved it.
Barbara your novels
are considered women’s fiction.
Do you mind being put on a specified genre shelf?
Well, I’m usually
shelved with general fiction, but I don’t mind being labeled women’s fiction at
all. It feels accurate. My stories are about a woman’s journey, about
reconciling old issues, getting unstuck, learning to forgive, or fight, or
grow, and usually taking a chance on love in the process. I want the women I
write to resonate with real woman, to have issues they can connect with, to feel
like someone they might know in real life.
Barbara your website says
you’re hard at work on novel number three. Congratulations!
It says it’s set in Florida. Can you give us a hint about it and when to expect
It’s set on
Florida’s gulf coast, on a sleepy spit of beach called Hideaway Key. The main
character, Lily St. Claire, has just inherited a beach house from her financier
father that neither she nor her mother knew he owned. When Lily learns the
cottage once belonged to her mother’s sister, an infamous beauty whose name has
been banned for as long as she can remember, she’s determined to head south and
get to the bottom of the decade’s old feud between the two sisters. She’s
expecting a charming Florida beach house, a vacation getaway. Instead, she finds
a broken down bungalow crammed with forty years worth of memorabilia, and a set
of old journals that finally tells the story her mother has kept do fiercely hidden.
A gorgeous setting, bitter sibling rivalry, two romances, a stunning betrayal...
I guess you can tell I’m having a great time writing this one.
Thank you so much for
answering these questions. Good Luck with this novel and all in your future
Again, thanks for
having me. It’s been a real pleasure.