Thursday, November 12, 2015

Q&A with Laura Dave

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.

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