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1. What genre(s) do you write?
Women’s fiction and contemporary romance.
2. Coffee or tea lover?
Coffee! I live in Seattle, the home of Starbucks, so I feel morally obliged to support them.
3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
I’ve hit #1 on the New York Times bestsellers lists for mass market paperbacks. Now I’d love to hit #1 for hardcovers.
4. Do you have pets?
Yes, I have three pets. Two ragdoll cats (Alex and Lucy), and one miniature poodle (Kelli). They’re with me every day as I write.
5. When I wake up every morning I… grab a cup of coffee and check my Facebook page.
6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
I have a Hello Kitty lava lamp. Is that weird?
7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I’ve tried lots of different hobbies over the years, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than writing.
8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
I hope my stories will take them on an emotional journey—a vacation of the mind. My stories might make you cry and will almost definitely make you laugh. I promise that all of the characters you love will end up in a satisfying place, so you can relax into the story knowing it will turn out well.
9. What inspired you to write CALIFORNIA GIRLS?
In Seattle, there’s a local morning talk show called New Day Northwest, and I’ve been on it a couple of times to talk about my books. (You can see one of the segments on the Media page at SusanMallery.com .)
The host, Margaret Larson, is fabulous. She’s smart and savvy, and she clearly does her homework before she interviews each guest. She was the inspiration for Finola, one of the main characters in the book, although Finola isn’t based on her. I just asked myself, what is the worst possible thing that could happen to a morning show host immediately before she goes on air—and how would she deal with that?
I also kept circling back to an idea about a bride-to-be getting dumped by her fiancé’s brother. Or rather the brother was the one who told her. I knew he was secretly in love with her and that having to tell her was the best and worst thing ever. Best because hey—now she was single. Worst because now he was breaking her heart.
I really wanted to put these two stories together, but I was worried that it was too much of a coincidence that both started with a break up. I mean seriously—what are the odds. So I danced around that for a while until I realized that was the whole point. What if three sisters got dumped the same weekend and it was different for each of them.
Meet Susan Mallery
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.
Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her online at SusanMallery.com.
The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…
Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.
Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.
Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.
But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.
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