Friends & Fiction
Friends & Fiction

Episode 14 · 1 year ago

Friends and Fiction with Kristina McMorris

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Kristina McMorris joins the Friends & Fiction authors to discuss her unexpected path to writing, her former life as a child TV host--and how she was almost a regular F&F host! https://kristinamcmorris.com/home

Welcome to friends and fiction by bestselling authors, andtess stories. Friends infintion is a podtast withfive best selling novels, whose common love of reading writing and independentbookstores bound. Then, together with chess author interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing. These friends discussed thebooks, they'e written the Borsa reading now and the art of story telling, ifyou love books and you're curious about the writing, world you're in the rightplace: bestselling novels, Maryt, Amens,Cristen, Harmel Christ, wodson Harvey Patty, Callahan Henry and MaryAlicemonrome, our five long time. Friends with more than eighty publishedbooks to their creditat, the start of the pandemic, they got together for avirtual happy hour to talk about the books, your favorite bookstores,writing, reading and publishing in this new unchartered territory. They'restill talking and they'v added, fascinating discussions with otherbestselling novels, so joined them lie on their friends and fiction. PACEBULGROO page every Wednesday at seven PM, eastern or listen in you later at yourLeisurehi everybody and welcome to friends and diction. Our weeklyfacebook live show featuring author chats in support of independentbookstores, our community of readers. Here on friends and fiction has grownto more than sixteen thousand members. How is that possible, and we could notbe happier to welcome you here tonight, so let's get started, I'm CristenHarmel and my latest book is the Book of lost names and Christi Waz in Harbeyand my latest book as spiels like falling unhatty Callahan Henry and my ladestbook is becoming Misis Lewis. I am Maryallismonro and my littest book ison Ocean Boulevard and I Mary K, Andrews and my last book is HelloSummer, and this is friends and fiction. We are so glad you're here so tonight.As you can see, we have a new face among us, another wonderful, specialguest and a true friend to all of us. I am so happy to introduce all of you toChristina mcmorris The New York Times best selling author of five novels,including it sold on a Monday which is now sold more than six hundred thousandcopies prior to her writing. Career. Christina was a PR director and a hostof weekly TV shows starting Withan any award winning program when she was justyou guys get this nine years old. She also owned a wedding and event planningcompany, and so I'm assuming there's basically nothing. She can't do andshe'll be running for president, maybe in twenty twenty four will we bewatching you at an early canmention in thwusand and twenty four all Bot for Youyou have my bote cs: Ymca dances like none of E. I feel like that's what it takes so allright. There we go so before I tell you all more. I also have to tell you thatChristina was initially supposed to be one of us when we launched friends infiction back in April, when we were still in our early planning stages.There were actually six of us, not five and Christina was our six. She bowedout early because of her writing and family obligations, but I always feel,like her spirit, is very much with us. She is at her core of friends andfiction author and she always will be T. I feel like I've known Christina forages. We actually did not meet in person for the first time until January,when I had a few days of schedule. Events along with Christian Mary Alicein Southern California, so Christina was a part of those events too, and herparents own a beautiful house in San Diego. So despite the fact that he hadnever met she emailed me last October and invited me to stay with her duringthat trip along with Christie and Maryallic, I was floored by the kindoffer and I wrote back to say I would...

...love to as long as I wasn't imposingshe wrote back all in caps, yea slumper party anomally mettering person. I knew I hadmade a friend for life, she's kind, she's, supportive and she's, a real,genuine cheerleader for other authors, plus, of course, she's, an incrediblewriter in her own right. I get chills when I think about the fabulous book.She's, writing now and I hope e's going to give us a hint about it tonight. Sowe are so glad to have her with us before we get rolling in like Chrisinaget a word in edgewise. I wanted to remind you that every week we featurean independent bookseller and this weet we're working with one of my veryfavorites, copper fish books in Penzagorta Florida. So copperfish isone of Christina's favorite stores to and we decided to choose them afterchatting with each other one day about bookstores, where we loved havingevents, the two owners of copper, fish, Serena and Cathy, or two of the kindestmost genuine people you will ever meet and one otheir booksellers. Jean Lewisis also a wonderful book reviewer an advocate for authors throughoutsouthwest Florida. They have just built a welcoming, wonderful environment forauthors and readers, anlight and some of my favorite events over the yearshave been at copperfish. So tonight they will be giving us a discount onall of our new releases. Twenty percent off of hard covers, and ten percent offof paper Bacx and in addition, they will be giving away one of these uniquefriends and fiction, cuzis, Tyo, friends and fiction on them with eachof the first forty orders between now and Saturday. So if you want your sodacans or your Beerf Cans to be wearing the very latest in high fashion, thisis yourbecauseas. We all know there's nothing worse than a naked soda, so youguys stem up. You don't want Yoursoda to be naked or wearing something.That's just not stylish happen. So Christina back to you, we'reso thrilled to have you. Can you finally, now that I'm letting you speak?Can you tell us o goot about whic you've been up to during the PENDOM? Itwelcome. Welcome! Thank you lades again, yes, Um Yeah! I I thought.Oh my gosh. It was Ein. It was so hard to decide. I wanted to be partisistCrik, so much, and then I just I was hitting the overwhelmed wall as Youllknow and dedline and children and and now so what we've been busy doing. TisSurviving yes and and trying to figure Ou, what's going on inSchool of course, is had of the big thing. So so the kids are took up aweek of time just recently, and the kids are now doing all ready to go foran online charter school that just in fantastic. So so they we're al setthere, which is which is good news so other than that just yet trying to getsome words in on on the new book every day. As we all know it's bit of a slogwhen you know it feels like the world is burning, I'm in Portland, so yeah color, Yeh, Os yeah doing that and then kd ofcatching,some some fun bin shows every once in a while, as I you know, working out andyou try to decompress and find something fun to do so, that's beenpretty much it every time. I sit down to do yoga andwork out in some way and not sit down, but try to work out. Something elsealways seems to come up. Sohavin trouble with I down to work out. I endup turning op the T V and SA Weare N. I've just been doing my windlift I feellike that is probably excellent armis because of that yeah Yo ch arms every once in a while, younow yo Li, I do can do it go yeah equally well, Yodidu have to join a completelydifferent school to do the online curriculum we did. We did yeah, so wejoined on Oregon Charter school and they have been doing on that's all. Wedo was online, so it's Vanto. I haven't heard that that's intereting, it's beengood yeah and it's all included. You know with tuition and everything else,it's the same and then and made it wee, can transition back. We hope we hope.Next year we o Erf Ol, that's good!...

Well, so usually, this is the pointwhere I would say: Hey everyone tell me about your week, but I have somethingthat I think would be a little bit more interesting to talk about and thatreally outsus as sort of total dork. At least myself. I iill. I will take thaton my own shoulders, so I thought that tonight maybe Christina Christi andMary Alice might like to tell the story of how we formed a fictional girl band.I Mean Hall Mariallis in the Christies, but I think we could make an exceptionfor Patty and Maryky if they were willing to change their names asChristia saing. Obviously we have the best names, so you know I I don't wantto judge 'cause. You have the wrong names to begin with, but you knowwhatever. No, maybe e'll have a voat at the end and see. If we can, you know,get you in there, but Um Christie. Do you want to start off by telling us alittle bit about Marychristis gnt Say I mean Mary K and Patty have both changedtheir names for books before ad a Bi deal, so why? Why not? I know, but wehate coming from behind with the demarit already onprar. I co change myname to Kristen Pana. It's wore TA, OT, WITL forher. Sothat's it has this tro choice, I'm going to be Christie,Brinkley and se. I W D I ate out to I Atta we're in about opaying who's Aum. What was her name? You have aspecial name: Kristen, yes, missed mystaa O this all HA. I believefrom something I brought up at a luncheon back in that January thing wewere talking about where I was saying that my my childhood aspiration for abrief period was to be a pop singer and Mi popsinger name was going to beMystica so from ax sprung this just fantastic girl band. So you guysquickly tell the story 'cause. I think it's funny. We came up with it. Well, Ithink I t remember how we actually the name came together. 'cause, obviouslyyou guys were. It was Christi, Christina and Christan Soaria. I wasthe Adball, so Mary Alicon, the Christies just happened, but I think ifwoeld we ever take this group on tour. We all have to kind of be like moveover Steph and can we can form our own band? We can do this too, and we can'tsin we're playing instruments now, fany tide he tells Thain can writesongs because when we got hom, she's Er a song, a single fom, the christesincorporated all of our book titles. I believe it's anl, the friends infiction basebank, pish R. I did put it up there today. It's Ga, I'm so glad real. It is good S.no, it's not me singing it, though I actually hired somebody to sing Ip, butit does have Um our our latest book titles. Hidden in the lyrics, not notvery cleverly Hiden II was very impressed when you did that and ThatwasI O. I she launch to OI pretty said. I've aready said that Patty and Markacan be Ar Gogo the ANCWER. So then they ea like the studio. Fifty four Theng,we'll brin it back and they gat thrown blocks, and you don't even have tochange your names and I'll. Give you tambaurines, if you, if there you'reGon Ookayino Noa winshime Eit e, Wa Denowa,the town Berin I was go. I was so sad when I found out that was my instrumentand then Christi said Io. Who didn't you say I have the Cambeinbut Yeah.That's my that's my thing aiear Christina. So I guess I'm on theKeyboard Aon o there was a big Er ski part. F, your downtown Portland yearsago, that you remember w you could get...

...together with a thousand people. Youdidn't know in one room and Um. It was crazy now- and I remember myhusband and a C. U other couples and the bad plane and at one point,apparently they were looking for me and they couldn't bind me, and so he said,I think your wifes up on stage I ejoine the band with the Tambourin becauseer,not tmy husnd. I T I iwant you to take our tour girls, we'regoing to we're going to work. Yess, O Er's, going to be a musical element,exactly one that has musical talent you CAn'tasb. We could do it. I was a drummer in my high school marching band, so youknow we need a drummer. If you need someone to March a snare. I I'm yourgirls one, but two James Taylor, songs on theGuitar Yeait wo PLA on o Song, he's always uning together, aeting grollteam. So I carried the pomhoms in the band you Guy Er wrong. WHAT COU gowrong? I mean billboard charts here we come arycase a silence. She jt e Lik, iowYeah said Marakasingos, dark she's gone all right Christina, so we have a guesson the show we each loved to ask the question, but before we dived in todayI would love to have you tell everyone out there watching about sold on aMonday your most recent novel? Can you tell us a little bit about it? Y? Ofcourse, I just happen to have a copy right here. Yes, the Solon Monday is my last bookand Wow toorry fiels like eon to go same thing and and Soso fortunate. Ifeel like that. I got to do that when, when we could still hug people that wedidn't know so the quick gist is that it wasinspired by close it up here this there we go. This photo, which is PrettyShockyoug, know a lot of people seen that online at different times aboutyou, know having a mom turned away from the camera, sseemingly in shame andfour kids on their own stoop in Chicago and a sign that reads: Four Childrenfor sale, inquire within H, so for obvious reasons that stopped me in mytracks and tried to understand why a mother would not just give up her kidshopewee for their vetermen, because you thought they lile t better life withoutyou, but actually ask for money and return and that let me down arabbithole of the true story behind the photo which you know we will go intoall of that 'cause it go on and on, but pretty incredible story. Very quickjust is that the children there were actually five total another one wasborn after the photo that Hodo went essentially what we called todamnviralat the time ran inten eleven states. Lots of donations, job offerseverything coming in supposedly the mother turned it alldown and and there's a whole other story, hi Ma, but basically, just asshe wanted, she had any boyfriend. He didn't want her old kids, so she gotrid of all of them and the oldest one rian and I became friends after I wrotethe book and she's the one in the little white dress and she's amazing,and we got to meet for the first time on the today's show couple of years ago,which was incredible, but her story is that a farmer came to the door knockedon the door d asked to buy her and for two dollars: Ane Ed to user, a slavelabor as farm labor and her little brother started crying. He didn't wantto be separated from the CISSY, and so the PHARMACI fine will take him to forfree and she remembers her mother saying- and this is where it's not acompassion for it. All that I had hoped I would find trying to understand howsomebody could do this. She remember some mother, saying great. I'm going touse the money to play Vingo. No, I thought wow. Okay, that's not thestory. I thought that maybe there's a good reason. Maybe ith a child stick athome and that's the only way you feed them. I mean who knows all the reasonsbecause, as we all know, especially today, we can all agree. I'm sure thatinformation is coming at us very, very quickly, it's hard to keep up andsometimes seeing a photo or snip it of...

...a headline or something we can make ajudgment on someone that without context, could be very, very wrong, andso I thought you know in context. Maybe this could be very different and sothat ended up inspiring sold on a Monday, because there was one mintionin an article about that photo that such some family members claim thephoto is staged. And when you look at the photo, the sign is so perfectlypainted, with reflective accent marks on the letters. It did make me wondersince the kids weren't sold for two years after it was published, it mademe wonder, sort of a chicken and an egg in which one came first, but he stillhad the same result, no matter what and so that ended up, inspiring sold on inMonday. So then, one or two se in Somreson that it's a reporter, thenthat sees two kids on a farm house, Porch being offered for sale and hetakes a photo. It's not meant for publication, but it leads to his bigbreak and yet has devastating consequences for a lot of peopleinvolved and has to see hit's too lates to make it right so kind of aboutunintended consequences, which I find fascinating. It's such a good God wordyes, teiabook, and it's amazing that it's Um that so many people havediscovered it and connected to it. It's it's just been great to see howsuccessful it is m. One of the questions we ask here every week iswhen you were growing up. What were your family's values around reading andwriting. You tell us a little bit about that. We're just so interested in youknow were where all of our writer guests have kind of come from andbecome who they are today, absolutely so gosh I's so funny. I am probably soopposite of all of you reading was, I loved it as a kid and then and ofcourse, my mom mede to rent all of Esauonts, so that was part of of ourchildhood that two younger sisters. So that was a big deal, but I rememberreading the sweet, Dallyhigh books, you know and Inhello God is me margareted. You knowdping all of those Um, but it really passed that we were not abig reading family. I remember my dad is an immigrant from Kyodo. So Iremember him like this. Is So terrible? He probably US GOIN TA die that I'mtrying to spe. hevery time went to the bathroom a such a guy thing right to go:greed in H, bathroom yoed, his Japanese Summari books like a hundred ofit, was a nucal bookand, and it was reading about the the Ou Knofour. We talk about our civil wars being so long World War. Two being solong as Mary Alice Fullwell knows about theJapanese history. There's there there're civil wor hitg was like fourhundred years. I mean like. Japanese people are stubborn and they do not forget, so so be happythat you all steamed with me and you're on my goodside. As far as we know, anpet I'll tell you the toth lady, you knowwith Japanese people e. that's what I remember and what's funnyis my mom. When I was in junior high it was, she wrote, a romance novel and shewrote all of it, except she always wanted to do that and she wrote all butexcept the last chapter and she just couldn't figure out how to end ittntand then she put it away forever and it wasn't until what was it twelve yearsago or something bat that I was barely a reader at the time which I have doneso much catching up of course, and then, but always a movie. Buff Love the artof story Telliang in other forms- and I remember calling her inspired by mygrandparents' courtship letters from World War. Two and saying you know, Ithink I might write a novel about HEU could inspired by grandmand GRANDPA'scourtship ecause. They only met twice and fell Lod through letters, and Ithought how beautiful it's kind of like Seronoda birdecept in World War, two,if Heias as migt Ibat, you know it's like mess dotcom. It makes you for ite.So I don't quite know what you're going toget of that FIDAT and- and so I called on, I think in write this snovel. Shesaid: Oh Honey, isn't witch clearly irrational amount of faith in herchildren. She said, oh honey, you think...

...you should and she eded up saying. I think youknow what I have this book. I never finished. I think IAM going to startover again and wown and so shen now she's a selfpublished author under calemcfaron and she is the r rated one and I tsth Hershe SOS UN thing to say aboutMamma. He rshe Lik. I don't want to know theres. No, I can read her introsand then I stop. You know no, how Ho know about any of that andYouwa Shel lecture me. You Go Chris. You know this a d love your book, butyou always want the tenteen forti so like you always want them to like kissfade. A black smoke cigarette and I go what's wrong with Thatwe- were talkingabout the whole art of writing, love scenes and it's Um it more difficult for some of us on old, a on that R and your mom is awesome. She weall get to know her, Oh se, few days in January, Oyes. Yes, yet like you, shecan do everything and do it. Well, it's weird something something about yourfamily. I don't know but Patty you had a great question for Christina. IChristina come so happy to see your face, I'm so tied to see still photosand people, and so you know I'm so excited that you'rewriting. Antho WHUTD! You call a collection, not an anthology. Whatwould you call it? A collection story, theciting book, No one. They justannounced yeah she bend Im. Oh a iidit um two of my dear friends, are writingwith Suzan Meysmer and Ario Lahan, and it's a new historical fiction book andso we'll be sharing a pub house which is really fun cause Lewis was with them,but as an x nurse I don't know if you're ever a next nurse. Are you notsaing, as as a nurse who used to have a licence and no longer does I'm fascinated by the premise? So Iwant you to tell all of us about number one about the story, not too much'cause. I know it's far away, but how you feel about working with threepeople collaborating now the five of US collaborate on this show, but that'sway different. Then writing a story. Together I mean trying to juggle threepeople. I can just this much double my own life, soI'm Justi want to hear about it. We are so excited and you are sohelpful because right away, arial reached out to Patia said Patty. Whatdo you think you know n? She said. Oh, my Gosh, they're, wonderful and thepublisher reached out to us and asked if the three of us would write a booktogether, an it and the funny thing. Is You know it's it's. I call them thosebooks. You know I've done a similar one before an athology with ten authors,Total and cluding, some of the People Ho telnd on the show, ine, ChristanHanna and Whatnot and Um, and it was like Grand Central and all took placeon the same day. GRANC Central Terminal and all ran an chronological order, butthey were kind of like long short stories. There were novelettes and emand this time so I thought. Oh, this is fun again, it's kind of like ocean's.Eleven, you knows WHA. I call them it s. You get to work with your friends andtheypay you. You know it's all about how we gets alled up forthe premier. You know who cares about the story, so in this case it was. It was three ofus which is much more manageable than hurting cats of ten, and we immediately said yes, of course,and had to figure out they wanted historical, but we weren't but reallyloked to open end it for us, and so we they insaid e blood, world, workd, Yo.Of course, 'cause O everybody loves World Wor to and so do we, and so weended up coming across youn this. This ideas, ithink Susan, found it first andan arial immediately funded documentary. It all came together our entire storywithin two days wow, I wasit w. It was like just as soon as we said. Yes to itand watched the twenty minute documentary allthis ten I took notes ittook me like an hour and a half as I...

...kept stopping it rewinding it. You knowand trying to catch. What he's saying and immediately said. Oh, my goshthere's three kinds of nurses here: There's Army nurse, Navy nurses and thePhilippina nurses, and so it made sense, and so what it is I it's called as ofnow it's called Band of angels, which I always start singing you o iewhat. Isit o sweet charit in my headangels and what they are courses of the nursesin world war? Two were called angels, that's what the soldiers nicknamed them,because they were so incredible and what they went through the Philippinesthe day after a Pearl Harbor's attack. Of course, you don't hear much abouteenen December seventh December eighth. They started Ta tack in the Pillivinesand had sort of that same thing, and there were so many Americans that werestationed there, including including nurses, just like how we think of ofPearl Harvor. So what happened during the occupation and the battles- andeverything else is- is what we're covering and thestories are justincredible look as his chills when we hear about what they went through andthere's not many people that know much about what it is indured, they wereincredibly brave and they all survived. It is miraculous that they all survivedand to guess what we're, how we're writing it is different than GratCentral, in that we are writing it as a novel but sort of hybrid between anatology and a novel. In that we each have our section. But all ourcharacters are in every section so but the point of view Canit and weessentially hand off o the tawn. So it's come like a pony thress and thenext person tates hit and sort of takes the chew of the three characters and asthose two and then the next person takes it w th so low, but ten joinsback with all three. So we had our summary done within a week, but it justflowed hit would go exciting. THAT'S MAZING! I'm really excited about it.I'm excited about this subject. I'm excited that it's three of you, I'mjust I'M! Really, I'm really excited about it. I haven't, since I heardabout it so Akingey we already sold one boxso e said ther. We now ho'll Ba a free copy. So I was like Idon't think she said she was buying it. Dn't s like Wel. I was excited Ito gally.You knowtel Heo Wan me buy freeget a gally S, you're, actually, essentially fivefreebooks down. So you a here ai you all. Okay, I might have beenpaying propostage o this. An sathat sounds wonderful. Um Christy! Did youwant to ask your question? If it's okay, I'm going to go last wecause she sortof covered the question I was planning to ask already, but I have a millionquestions I can ask, but I don't know what needs too lovelis he're going toask so I'll go lact, ooky, okay, perfect marrycade! Do you want to gonext? Yeah, um? Aside from being an incredible writer, I understand thatyou have a background in television. Can you tell us Hav, you got started asa television host at the age of nine, and you know if this Gig doesn't workout. Well, you go back to t V. Oh my Gosh Um, so I will say that Ibisess break sojust. Like writing. It was not something I I planned on not at three years old. I did not sitthere in my higter going. I really want to be on Telesisi. What happened was my mom, which youwill all laugh at now, of course, is that my mom thought I was too shy. Clearly I have gotten over that problem and now she's regretting it all I'm srr.So what happened was she thought? Well I'll put her in one of those six week,modeling acting classes. Do you remember those that Erereally O yea?Yes, and so I for two hours, every Saturday, for six weeks, twelve hourstotal you get a certificate that says Yey, I'm ready for Hollywood, that's owl! It takes yeahs and then atthe en they sait by the way. If you...

...want to it's a really good experience,if you want to go and try out at this auntition at eighty Seson viliatstation in Portland, they've e Ne Kid show it's kind of like a kids PNmagazine of entertainment tonight. If you want to go there, they'll host andthey'll interview fun people that bans that come through town, it sounded fun.I cud you K, Ow, I could interview mysica. You know she comes O up, so I said yes, of course, we thoughttot experience, so I showed up there and the funny thing is they carried meup with this little boy, like Tine years old, who clearly hit and H D,like hundreds of auditions, very shortlik, he was not happy about beingpaired with the movie, so I remember he asked Yo how Ma Ait Han you had. This is my first and it's like. Oh, no, so we'd go in we're just O run into thestudio and jump on our chairs and Ha sister read the teleprompter and theenshwas to say I am so sorry Werelate, I'm Christina welcome to popcorn 'cause,that's an enge op, so the QS we run- and I jump on my chair, which they havenot told us, are onrollers. I Si likeit's like broadcast news likeI fly one way my cheer flies, the other. You know the boy's forified right and I crawl back onto my chair and Ideliver my life through my laughter and when we left, I remember my mom sayingso. How did it go? II'l tell you in the car. Get out here I onte Curri Brod run Brunchof the carand producer runs out, introduces yourself and thought it was hilariousand somehow wded up. I got the job, so I I hosted that show for six years fromnight and grew up literally in a new station,which is why, of course, you know the reporter's point of view were sole. TheMonday resignated with me, because I thought I I knew wwat that new stationwas like. I remember me, friends, growing up with ou the weather man. Whowould let me take the special pen and move the clouds around. You know a re going to Telbaarians your memorsdon be very interesting right. Yeahing, O, that's awesome! Maryalis. Do you Wanto ask your question doer? Well, you told us about your collaboration, whichI am just all amazement about the season and area. I just I I Iunderstand how to do amthologies, but I to write with someone throughout thenovel as an experience. I've never had, but I'm really curious about whatyou're next Christina mcmorris novel is because sold on a Monday was sosuccessful, and the question is what you doing next, but also when you havea book as successful as your last one. Does it um? Does it give you that pause about Om?What can I do next, or do you just ignore it and zip right in so tell usabouch your next book. I should be asking all of you that, because all your books are successful,Um and yeah, it's a little bit daunting, but I think of saving me from notfreaking out is that Iam, I'm more excited about this book, the One I'mworking on that I've ever been about anybond, they said. Oh, that's, a goodsign. Is it maybe the first one you know were just 'cause: It's the Laborof love and ou K, O the letter to my grandparents sort of generation. Thisone is just theris s Christi as Christan was to say that we reay talkedabout it and I get so excited that I want to shure everything, but so I'm working on that- andhopefully I thought this sold ONA Myda. I hadthat last second anxiety that, hopefully I'm not alone here- thatright, work, cames out and think. Oh, my gosh. That was a mistake. I shouldave done it. I should have just written from the kid's point of view. I shouldhave done with the trend with Shoin Nyou know I'll, write the next book asfast as possible and we'll all forget...

...it over habbit. So the running joke in our house isthat I am so excited about the current book that it's doomed to fail. O, that's not funny! I I can put out the universe hat. I itrery her, I metal funnyyes. So I'm working on that and also what I'll tell you about that one Iwil,the only man to say right now which, but I cannot wait to ceare more it'ssupposed to ge about makes August. If you know like we said if the worlddoesn't burn down, Um is that I've found this nuggetive history from WorldWar. Two that I always said. I wouldn't write the sant ear again, unless I findsomething that I've never seen before, and it is a secret branch of Britishintelligence that IAD never heard of before, and I shared othe historicalfriends and they'de never heard of it before and they were so specialized in whatthey did, that they were kept classified and disbanded right afterthe war so that they could keep some of the tactics they used completely secretand classified until the nineteen eighties, because nothing might have touse them during the Cold War. So some of the tactics they used are think thatyou all grew up with as children and you have no idea and you're still usingthem and yo've no idea. Tho Use the way they did so si o did go. Bat Tat is in sight, putout the Fishin ride and nothing reall W, and this is what I go and subscribedown: Blono Freorder Yeah! So that's I and thenalso my sister, which Mary Alice I showed you like. The PTAP as e wereDrivi into an event in February, you're, so sweet to look through this picturebook. My sister and I did Amanda Oshitat's an amazing artist and we findwe paired up and decided children's picture books together, something we'we've talked O for years and we sold two books, and so hopefully that wouldcome out. You Know Someday E, I think next year, but we'll see how it goeswith the inealike. We have similar schedules 'cause. We both have a novel.Some I have an anthology. You have your collaboration and a children's book allcoming out next year, oh y ot, len hem to call each other and see if we'restill alive by the other vew. I was going to say you don't really haveanything on your place. You guys kep it up, come on stopbeing, so lazy, Wif, Opleet, oh Tyeah, great laf, BeiRi, exactly Christi Do Wan to ask you a question as o. Now is a really quickone? I was going to ask you about Ou n, your family and what inspired you tostart writing which you covered a little bit. I love the story about yourgrandparents, but I'm always interested in this. If you weren't writing what doyou think you would be doing as a career? Oh goodness, ohyou know beforethis I loved what I did before state writing, which was edid planning, and Iknow that that is so wo Alli getting that yeah so and I loke Testi in T vshows you know after the kid chow. I then took a break from all of that.Never thought I'd! Do it again and then hosted got pulled back in because I was I owned, a wedding and a bit to anycompany, but, like I said I did set fourteen weddings o summer. So I'd never need to see other chickenants for the rent of my niht. It was Gatan experience. You know youjust go, I could write and the joke was sitting here with the venidors. So Ibecame good friends with and we' sit there and go. We really should write abook. We should say all the thints would go wrong, but then how you dothem right? You know so you'd have these funny anecdets, and that was therunning joke that someday. I would write this book, which maybe Itus be novel. You know atsome point so I' like to read that one I thon to be aster. Oh, oh, the Stori tSOM. We will do later and I will die so that'll, be after hours, yeah Ta.You don't have to pay for that. One! Listen that rigt right! RGI'D! Probablydo that again. I I love doing even planning, not waitings as Mu ev beenpanning, though, like I would do five...

...hundred person, events that were fullcostume and bring in like the bazer dancers and and some of the globaltrotters like Medaw, Lark, Limen Tame, and it was so much fun I' loved it. Soyeah, that's probably what I would have kept doing. If I didn't do O- and I sodifferent than saying I want to be a fill in the BLAK, Thad you've got itall planned out. So S I get to be home. You know withthe kids, and that is not something t your weakers are gone. You know Orfavran it is long hours, ou kows just set it an clean up. So it's been. It's bewonderful to be homes with the kids at their age and to be home every day whenthey come home from school o. So I assume, then, when we take MaryalismaChristi's out on the road you'll be the one planning our tour and like oordinating Ourcho go, go dancers andevery no. I used to be dancer. I'm gonna I'm going to coordinator day onit, but like my first change, Tha was Ikind of beleving toward the Christies and Maryallise. I don'tknow it's JuimBord Athat Iquit Ukqwe come to Berfort. We have a former Harlim globe. Trotterthat lives here and he's l. We can know him night F, fantastic done. I mean Idon't know what' stopping Askd, you guyswloh, yes, Obad. I forgot so Um Tat, O all of you out there. Do you not loveChristina? Just as much as we do. I mean she's, fantastic. I I wish I wishyou were here with Hus. Every week an so let me take a quick break to remindall of you, Cesour little commercial breaks to remind all of you about ourbookseller of the weak copperfish, a real favorite of many of us, so theowners are just so good and so kind and it suly does come across and everythingthey do, they're exactly the kind of just the type of people that we allwant to be supporting right now. You know at a time like this, witheverything going on and as a reminder, they are offering a great discount onthe new releases from each of us, ten percent on paperbacks and twentypercent on hard covers. Plus you get the chance to win one of thesefantastic cuzies, which my latest nothing et up, but these friends andfiction cuzis for the first forty people who order and of course the linkis on our friends and fiction page under announcement and the booksinclude: Christinas Soldon Amonday, Mary Alice's Onocand Boulevard,Christie's fiels, like awing Patti's becoming msss Lewis, Marri pays hellosummer and my new novel, the Book of Lost Names and as always, each book youbuy at an independent bookstore, is a good deed. You are helping to keepiiterary community thriving plus you get to read amazing books. So it's awin win and this week with the addition of this stylish cuzy, it's a windwindwin. So what are you waiting for now? The four of US had a chance to askChristina some questions, and now we would love to let you do the same, andI was actually thinking that both of the pre, the PRICHOS and readerquestions Christina touched on a little bit already, but I think there's stillenough there that she can answer. So I think we'll still go ahead and ask them,and while we are talking, if you have something you would like to ask outthere just post it below the video and Christi's going to be pulling ISI, Tshe's watching she's ready for your questions, so just postthe there andwe'll pull them alive. So Mary Alice, while people are getting theirquestions ind. Would you like to ask Ak the furs of a reader question? It'sfrom Diana conder and she says: Were your grandparents still alive when youbook letters from home came out, and can you tell us a bit about how thatbook came about when you started to tell as that but answered the firstpart too? I don't know that, were they alive, Yeah Yeah and my grandmother isstill alive. She's like ninety four years old mon, noting ovencanal inWashington. She usalle spit fire. She cooks like nobody's business, so howthat and my grandfather passed away...

...gosh I I'm terrible at the numbers. Iwant to see- maybe it's about thirty years ago, but he and I wew very, veryclose she's the funniest person Dark Irish. So you know his storis gotbetter every time you told them gon, bigger and longer and Funnier, youknow, but you don't get hilarious jokes that can hale, of which you cannot tellcoctel parties anymore, and I will share this 'cause. I makesure this with you all before, but but he had, this is my favorite thingabout him. Was We called Him Papa? He had a tattoo on his foorarm that he gotwhen he was seventeen years old when he volunteered for the navy right afterPearl Harbor and a special permission to do that. It's seventeen years old,which she sounds insane to me now an having a son, who's, almost seventeenand they went out and did what American sailors did, which was r a little bittoo much alcohol and in the morning, woke up with a bandage covering hisentire forearm. No, which is not from an injury. It isfrom a Tatoo, you don't know whatis under the GAUSE. He didnt now an the terror as you're taking it opwit O Lord, and luckily she was closed generations or grandchildren. It wasgood. It was better that at the tanksgiving dinner table that she hadnows on, so she was like a little navy sailor girl.She was so cute, looked like the cracker jacks or of had the biling upat and hands on. Her Hits Teve best part about her. He called her hisgirlfriend, apparently back then, and when I knew he called her grandma, andso when he moved his knuckles, he could make her wiggle and dance a t that yeah. This is not why the wayencouragement do not. Children do notr great answer Ogan and when I call himbecause it was an old tattoo at that point, it's Papa House Grandma doingand his answer is always the same. He said well, her boobs are drooping, butshe can still thax ioh yeah. So that is how that book cameabout. As far as you kwow sharing the letters, because I was creating a selfpublished, Aqingos cookebook ful of my gramma's favorite recipes. It was aChristmas present for the grandkids and threw a biographical section about herlife in it and interviewed her and that's how the letters came about andthat's how we even knew she had them. That's when we asked Gorhamma. Whydidn't Syou share this before and, of course, her answer as they all ar thegreatest generation was well. Nobody ever asked, of course, iocouldvped that intoto thestory and thinking Ito'LD make a really good movie, and I always tell people itwas like t. no cook beat Siin Ga the Ryan you know got. I was cormonal with my secondchild and pregnant, and I'm like you know, if I'm cready life a book, don'tseem that hard. So you know some stupid, but luckily I'mso glad I was that Blitlig. So that's how it came to be ohgreat Anso. Seeingwhat a great story! Oh, that's! Amazing! Marit did you want to ask the nextfeeur question and this a joy Armstrong is excited that you're going to writechildren's books with your sister and she wants to know what the books willbe about and M when they'll be published. So we are waiting for the because of Ham, an o crazinesswaiting for dates Um, but we, the first one's, almost completely done. I'vedone my word. I Love! Oh, my goodness, you Vais to be an author of children'spicture book when you can edit the whole thing in twenty minutes: Fun, Couii, Ave, five minutes. I couldbus through those covas thats a bating over to the illustrator and you're.Like good luck to you,...

I'm Goowas Thatis, your sister, theillustrator. He is yeah now she's, amazing, her name's Amanda Yoshita andshe almost worked at dreamworks but then decided to. She was in finalinterviews and everything else at she's that good and but she really wanted tobe back in Port Liv and she was on you know they were senling down with afamily and and one to be closer to home than te Doun in l a so so to have herclose by, and she gets she's been dreaming of doing this- that she was owan to say two or three years old a when you want to be when you grow up-and I remember everybody's answer at three years old was Yo, I wan to beprincess. You Know Id want to be, then ano, be a wonder. Woman and she waslike. I want to be a children's book. Illustrator O Aa Thingo minded a you give a aboutwhat the first book is about, yeah, so the first one, oh my gosh, I'm so sigedup both them, but I can say the first one right now is called Um: Oh Gosh.What is it my brain is so pantenic cried it's if ely made to be anything and isAsualit is out this little girl who has anxiety about trying to pick what shewant making choices roundwhich. I still have help me along an she has to pick what she wants to bewhen she grows up for school. We all know that that that assignment verywell, but the twist of the story is that she, because she can't choose, shedoes mash ups, so she will end up deciding that the moon is made ofcheese is what she's heard. So why not be instend? Just a shef she's going tobe t the very first ASPONOTCHEF, because all these alians have flythroughs and what are they going to eat for dinner? So she creates all thesemashup careers and puts them alltogether, and it's so cute and fun D.th. The illustrations are fantastic e yeah. I cant re for it that sounds sogreat and how cool that you're doing something so different and and makingit such a family thing. That's so cool Chris. Did you ever chance to pull acouple of reader questions Um the first sot? I love this. I think this is sortof for all of us from Hidi Jen Angel. Have you ever beendrawn to a story that you just couldn't write? Sicrtinwow Lordyomad me answer the herst a OO. That's a Pretyes, Christinayou're, not the host ofe war. My friend, I MEA mercy. You are ta You'R, like youanswer firt. No, I mean all the questions that we've all beenasked. I have never been Ai. I as some Ki Ni. That is a great question. ETEREIILL be prepared. I sa you know I I will say yeah absolutely. I think thatI've come across story ideas that were historical, that I think, oh my gosh.This could be such a good story, but it didn't feel big enough or novel. So Ithink that's where I could write it as a short story. Um that was one werelooking grand central. I wrote about the female pilots, the LOSSOF World WarTwo and their stories were incredible what they did and it got so littlerecognition that, but I did' at the time I'm sure if I had enough otherelements I could make into a novel, but at the time I fell like you know it.This is perfect for maybe a smaller story, but those are what, but I heldoff for quite some time, because I didn't know that that would be a whullnovel and even my current one, the story, ideas I was drawn to for the oneI'm working on with British intelligence. I had those ideas in myfiles for probably eight years, I just didn't put them togeth. Never. I didn'tthink that each one of them alone was a novel, Um and suddenly one night Irealized they were all one book and all of Ha Sudden. I had like almost to holdovel on my head by the end of the night. So so that's one thing that I thinkthat I can speak to at I'm sure. There's other ideas thatve come acrossyeah, any time that I click on to Click Bay. That says fifty themost shockinghisporical photos. You have never seen...

...like bt O storie that I go. Ye T can'tbe a fold novel yet so Tai have there's Um. There's one storythat I've tried to write. Probably ten times, I was going to write it as a younganalt, and then I was going to write it as instorical. Then I was going towrite it as a dul timeline. Then I was going to write it as a biographicalhistorical ihave picked it up, put it down picked it up, put it down and atthe present moment, I'm in the put it down face. TBUT also like e Christina, for example,the Um Florence Nightingale. I researched her for about a year andwhen I was in London, I visited the fluence night in kill, Museam anddecided and said that what I wanted to do with it, even though you could write a trilogy about her, was that I wantedto write a Nabella about her. So it's a audible original s that it's not outtill this fall, but yeah there's certain stories. You look at side eye,then you face him head on hand, you'd turn away again, and then he plays Hemhat on and then he turned away again. So I remember if there is a book that Iwanted to was when I was writing sweetgrass and we been studying aboutthe gallawomen and and that traditional art, that's a southern arl of makingthe baskets, and I really really wanted to tell the story from leking point ofthe sore the basket leaver herself- and this was my gosh eight years ago orsomething, but I really felt at that time when I think is a big topic in theliterary world right now that this story should be told by a Gullof womanherself or a woman from that history, and so I never still told the storysweet cress, but it was a completely different novel. But just taking thatrich tradition, that's three hundred years from slavery to today that shouldbe written by someone from that culture. I always felt and Um. I wanted to writeit, but I just felt I couldn't Iknow Maaa m. You know I have had ideas to dstories that were a little bit too close and too autobiographical, and Ibathered me from that. It's like when everyone else is dead, then I'll tellthat story. Then I've had an idea, pat and I battedaround a few times Um to do another romantic comedy which Um I I've done.Some romantic comedy like Hessy fit and Um Save the date Um kind of wonderingif I should go back in that direction. So I I've had a little idea noodlingaround in my head and it's sort of a modern day take on anniemame wow. Trusting. I don't know if I'llever do it, but I lie that idea: Yeah M how how about you Christi, O UmYeah, I actually I ha. I wouldn't say that I can't write it. I'm just notgoing to write it yet now it's going to be a while Um, but there was a storythat sort of came to me. It was so strange. I was a big dinner party onenight and I was like at one end to the table and will was like way at theother end of the table. It waswit this great dinner parties for everyone'stalking and someone told this story and it was a bou Um. This woman who's kindof a hero of mine, and he is Um he's probably in his late eighties and hehad met her and he was telling me the story about her and it was just alightening strike for me, like Oh, my gosh and my husband looked at me fromthe at the table and he was like that's a sign like you have to write thatstory. Um and I thought I'm sure people have written this and no one had- and Icalled the library a you and see the next day and he were like yeah. We haveeight hundred of her personal letters. If you would like a hope, you make somecopies and I was like Oh my gos, so I got e dream T at. I would love to do,but I don't think this is the moment in my life to really devote that kind oftime, because, as you know, who write historical novels, I mean that is atremendous kind of undertaking that I...

...don't feel really prepared for, but Ihope that I hope that no one wrigtes it in the mean Tine, Everytik call andI'll be like who's checked out. Theres letter e Te e. You DO IHAV IE gre file, folderan when I was writing about joy, who checked it out what Aoi Don I know,lobs and I'll just go, look at them and I'll be like somebody else, Sun. Thisshoulder oun their a I jest. This is such a future like ThrillerStory Right Her. I was Ting thinking that II'm hinking, like you, find outall these burkers a MI, not Hasse e puing. All checked out books of storiesthat Patty Kellahenry was Gointo. RIIT was amazing: Christan Amody, the Guy,the dinner party yeah, exactly obviously, the guy at the dinner partyhas to gocause heaven forbidiu mention it to somebody else. Again. They Maulchecked out. The letters got to go IGO too bad. Exactly we're ruthless aroundhere swell downstairs, xactly unfortunate, Christina W. We a we can plot the the forthcomingdeathslanoever now um on every friends in fiction episode. We try to give awriting tip for all the aspiring writers out there. So tonight wethought that they might want to hear those words of wisdom from you. Do youhave a short tip for people thinking about trying to rat a novel? Don't doit Andand? Certainly don't do it by tryingto access Christie's letters, becauseer disaserwatching you watching you ye. So No, oh, my gosh otside winealways is helpful Um. So I thought about it when you asked meif I was going to do a tip- and I thought- Oh, you know I especiallyduring the tour I was talking- Abot of high schools and colleges and andwriting students, and- and I know we all have our favorite tips to give andand one of the ones hat. I thought know that Mabes Hav talked about a lot an Ithought, IAD mentioned and I even Evena lied a little pre. I'm so prepared I'll plain this and I'll tell you sowhat it is is Um. Have you all taken like a workshop at one point from mywhol, Michael Haig, who is like the three abstructure right he'swonderfully eaeork yeah an used to go to conferences, write ir conferencesand whatnot, and he kind of teaches how to take the movie structon and turn itinto knot, had applight to novels and was fascinating, because I such a moviebuff- and he would talk about so welll share- is one of the tips I loved thatstruck with me was he said You watch a movie the first five minutes. Almostalways they will establish something about the character, the maychacter toroot for, and it doesn't even mean you have to like them, but they said putthem in some kind of small or big conflict, even if it's tiny that showsyou who they are because of courses. We all know the character comes out theirtrait frigt when they're in conflict, and so when you watch a movie in thefirst five minutes. I come it fascinating hat immediately. They showyou something that reveals a character trait that we can root for and and thatendears us to them in some way it doesn't have to be likable M, and Ithought that was really interesting, and so when, when I teach the kids andmost of my favorite tips, some of the traits are like being smart, funny,Witty, compassionate and also exceptiuonally skilled. I thought thatwas interesting. Just if you surle a see job somebody who 's just reallysmart and good at their job and not nes o the most likeable. You know how topontray in he movies a powerful, courageous moral, and I love this oneundeserving of an injustice, because that something's o universal, that wecan all relate to that. We all at some point in our lives have felt that wehad been treated unfairly, that we didn't get. What we deserved. You know,or we've got something negative that we didnt teserve, and I thought that is sofascinatindg. So the way that I teach it when I talk to the kids is to thinkof the avengers. They basically represent anything likethat, so that we, how skilled they are,...

...how funny they are y' got like the HulkGrit who destroys things. It was really like pretty horrible INA. He couldn'tcontrol him, but he was funny and and strong, and so we cund admire that andSher or even some of the villains like Loki or something you know we don'twant him to die. Even Houg was terrible because he's funny- and so I thoughtthat was really interesting. An I'v tried to ply that to all my sor nowthat greatre tip that's a great idea. Think you iigs book is really good forany ofthe young writers out there. So, ladies, we are running super swort ontimes. We want to try to get through the last little bit of this prettyquickly but Um Patty, end Um and Marykay and ow. You both had a book.You wanted to recommend tonight. Cou D, You want to give us a quickrecommendation. Yeah el Y, I dead, you novel it's byKimpowers rules for being dead and it's based on it's based on a piece he wroteabout his mother's death. When he was quite young and he was told that hismother died of of a brain aneurism and later he came to find out throughstories, he came to blieve. Maybe it was suicide. Maybe his father killedhis mother. So this he hut it into a novel and a OT worls were being dead,kimpowers fascinating. It sounds great. This you novel coming out next weekcalled the UNRAVELBING, the Hun Bothe unraveling of cassity homes, and one of my favorite novels last year wasm daisy Jones in the six. So this is very much in the vein of JSDaisy Jones. In the six, it's like, I said, debut and approach the dark sideof fame for a Popstar who ends her own life and it's tolld from multipleperspectives and it's kind of a behind the scene's look just like Daisy Joneswas the pop scene and the music scene, and it is my Elisa l slone en it comesit's a debut. So I'm really excited fror that it sounds interesting. Thankyou for tha great recommendation. Patty mwile! We have you. Do you wan t tellus a little bit about next week, you're going to be hosting next week? Well,you have me as if I'm going anywhere Y, I'm done please. Now we have a really exciting week. Nextweek with the four of us and Chrisina Yur welcome to with th the other form n,the five of us and come back iliiated, I mean other four, the Biblus. I knowwe celebrate our successes on here, but that might give everyone the impressionthat we don't have any failures when we do every day and we struggle- and Ijust thought it might be really interesting next week to talk a bitabout writing and staying in the arena and perseverance and doubt and failure'cause. We celebrate our successes here and cheer them, but I thought we'd talkabout that and then we have an exciting addition to tell you about, becausewe're going to start doing once a month, something called behind the book gonhis episode. So next Sunday, not in three days but the following one. Wewill have Rachael McMillan, who was an author, an abid reader and also anagent. She wears all those hats better than I wear my one hat and her new book.London restoration came out yesterday. It's like you were Boochistin, climbingthe charts in Canada, she's a Canadian author and so you'll love meeting her.So that's what we got coming up next week. That sounds cantestic, I'm so excitedfor that. That's going to be wonderful, Mary Alis! Do you want to tell usquickly, Um wit, the book clubs up too this Muth? Yes? Well, we we have afriend's indiction book club, everybody and it's really wonderful and I thinkwe have over two thousand members already. So I hope theme would be moreof you will come and join and on September, fourteenth thegard to thediscussing ty book and I'm very excited onboulelard. So you have time to readthe book, which I hope you will and...

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