Laura Dave is the author of the new novel Eight Hundred Grapes. Her other novels include The First Husband and The Divorce Party. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times and Redbook, and she lives in Santa Monica, California.
Q: The concept of synchronization appears throughout the novel. Why did you choose to highlight this idea, and what does it mean for your characters?
A: Synchronization is so much a part of winemaking - and so much a part of romance - the characters' journeys naturally revolved around the idea of it…
Q: How did you come up with the book’s title, and what does it signify for you?
A: I wanted to pick a title that spoke to how much goes into winemaking - how each glass of wine is an expression of so much work. I had never thought about how many grapes were in a bottle - as soon as I found out how many grapes it takes to make a single bottle of wine, it seemed like the perfect metaphor for the world.
Q: Do you usually know how your books will end before you start writing, or do you make many changes as you go along?
A: I never know how a novel is going to end. For me, that's the joy of writing - that discovery. I write the first draft to figure out who the characters are and thematically where they are going - and the novel's world opens up from there.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: A novel about lies and secrets - and ultimately redemption. I'm also writing the script for Eight Hundred Grapes for Fox2000 - it's exciting to watch Eight Hundred Grapes have a new life on the screen!
--Interview with Deborah Kalb. Laura Dave will be participating in The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival at the JCC of Greater Washington, which runs from November 5-15, 2015.