Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Christine Reilly

Christine Reilly's debut novel is Sunday's on the Phone to Monday.

From her Q&A with Caroline Leavitt:

I always think authors are compelled or haunted to write a book—what compelled you?

My biggest passion, tied with writing, has always been listening to people. Human behavior fascinates me – when I was younger, I knew I’d either be a writer, a teacher, or a psychiatrist. (Reading is a type of listening to people.) I started Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday with a set of stakes, and challenged myself to answer them. What happens to a family during and after the worst possible circumstances – death and illness -- occurs? What happens to a woman when her sanity slips away? What would a brother who would do anything for his sister act like? What happens when “anything” results in destruction?

I loved all the music references in the book—is it your taste, too? Do you listen to music as you write? Thank you! It is, though I honed in on one...[read on]
--Marshal Zeringue