‘5 Questions’ Interview with RITA-nominated author Lisa Verge Higgins!
Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Lisa Verge Higgins to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!
Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of fifteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages. She is known for “creating heartwarming stories revolving around women’s lives and women’s friendship.” Her book THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP won the 2011 Golden Leaf Award for Best Single Title. Her third and latest book, FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER, will hit the shelves March 19, 2013.
Describe your book One Good Friend Deserves Another in ten words or less
In ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER, three women try to save their Indian-American friend from an arranged marriage.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
I have three teenage daughters. One afternoon, while they were dragging their jeans-sagging, scruffy boyfriends toward the family room XBOX, I turned to my Roman Catholic husband and said: “Is it too late to convert to Hinduism so we can arrange their marriages?”
. . . and that was the beginning of ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER.
Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?
Dhara Pitalia is most definitely the heart of the book!
Raised by traditional Hindu parents, she was educated in a private Catholic school and brought up in an neighborhood where Hebrew, Spanish and Hindi are all spoken widely. So, like many of us, Dhara is uniquely American in that she straddles many worlds.
But after the breakup of a long-term relationship with a man she’d loved since college, she decides the American way of romance hasn’t worked for her, and decides to let her parents do the choosing. That choice shocks her friends . . . and has surprising consequences for all of them.
If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?
My day job is my three teenage daughters! They don’t like it much, but their antics often find their way into my stories.
As for alternate careers — I was once a chemist. I worked for years testing soil, air and water for EPA organic priority pollutants. You’ll find pieces of that in ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER in the character of Kelly, who’s a bit of a science geek.
Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about
My next book, FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER, is coming out in March 2013 and this is truly a book-of-the-heart!
It’s the story of Monique, a young widow whose husband left her a “bucket list” of things they’d wanted to do together before he died.
For four years, Monique puts off doing the list, too busy with raising their daughter to fulfill broken dreams. But when a next door neighbor, Judy, starts acting crazy in her empty nest, and another good friend, Becky, receives traumatic news, Monique gives that bucket list a new look.
She and her friends are in desperate need of a fresh perspective . . . and that old list of wishes just might save them all.
One Good Friend Deserves Another (published by 5 Spot / Hachette Book Group) is available on Amazon (Kindle).
Check out Lisa Verge Higgins’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through her other books!
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