|Anita Hughes, photo by Sheri Geoffreys|
Anita Hughes is the author of the new novel California Summer. Her other novels include Monarch Beach and Market Street. She lives in Dana Point, California.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for California Summer, and for your character Rosie?
A: I came up with the idea for California Summer remembering a bad break-up with a boyfriend. You can put your whole heart and soul into a relationship and then it's over and you have nothing. It's a frightening feeling. I wanted to make Rosie grow from the experience, and become much more confident.
Q: The book sets up a contrast between Rosie's life in Los Angeles and the new community she builds for herself in Montecito. What made you choose those two locations?
A: I spent a few days in Montecito and fell in love with it. It's so close to Los Angeles - and people from LA are frequent visitors - but the pace of life is different, there's a real small-town feeling. And it's one of the prettiest places I've ever visited!
Q: What do you think the book says about summertime, and possibilities that might occur then?
A: I think the book says that summertime is a period for re-invention. You can take a deep breath and see what is making you happy and what isn't working and make changes accordingly.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: I love Elin Hildebrand, Mary Kay Andrews, Jane Green and Liane Moriarty.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I just finished edits on Christmas at the Chalet, which is set in St. Moritz and comes out in October. I love Christmas books and this one was a joy to write.
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: Thank you for having me! Connecting with readers is my favorite part of writing.
--Interview with Deborah Kalb. Here's a previous Q&A with Anita Hughes.