Born in Sydney, Australia, Anita Hughes began her writing career at age eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named “One of Australia’s Next Best Writers.” Fast forward to the present with Anita, now living in California, taking her bow as a novelist when Monarch Beach debuts on Tuesday, June 19th.
Best described as a novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again., Monarch Beach has been selected for Los Angeles Magazine’s The Reading List – June ’12 and also has received the following Advanced Praise:
“With honesty and heart, glamour and grit, Anita Hughes tells the inspiring story of an unusual woman discovering life on her own terms and finally spreading her wings. Loved it.” — Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School
“Absolutely riveting and brimming with emotion. Monarch Beach charmed me from the very first page.” — Jane Porter, author of She’s Gone Country
“An utterly delightful debut about one woman’s journey of self-discovery. With a flair for fun, fashion and passion, Anita Hughes delivers a captivating story and characters that sparkle with life. Monarch Beach is an inspiring beach read.” — Ellen Meister, author of The Other Life
“Chick Lit takes a walk on the privileged side in Anita Hughes’ debut novel, Monarch Beach, about an heiress who loses one fairy tale, only to discover that – with the right attitude! – life is one big adventure. Easy-breezy fun.” — Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Thin Pink Line and Little Women and Me
The Divining Wand has scheduled a return visit with Anita Hughes on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 but, today, let’s meet this author through her “official” bio:
Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. At the age of eight, she won first prize in a nationwide writing contest sponsored by THE AUSTRALIAN, Australia’s most prestigious newspaper. She graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing, and attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program. She lives at The St. Regis Monarch Beach, where she is at work on her next novel.
And now it’s time to get to know Anita much better by going upclose and personal:
Q. How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A. Writing and walking along the beach at sunset.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Nothing succeeds like success.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Sitting on the balcony of the St. Regis and watching the sun set over Catalina Island.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I live in a villa at the St. Regis, Monarch Beach. What could be better?
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Sacajawea because she accomplished so much with a baby strapped to her hip.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Joan Didion – for being able to write for so many decades.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Stop that!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To be a great chef.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising great children.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I over think things.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My sense of humor.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not being able to stay in college forever!
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Danielle Steele because she has written over 100 books and the ideas keep coming.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I’m quite petite.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Philip Carey in Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Edward Casaubon in Middlemarch by George Eliot.
Q. If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. David Beckham – “Congratulations on your beautiful family.”
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Finishing reading a book without having another good one lined up.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading at the beach.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I don’t think there’s any better job than being an author.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, loyalty and ambition.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Frozen yoghurt. My favorite flavors are cake batter and peanut butter.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Hotel California by The Eagles, Drops of Jupiter by Train, Candle in the Wind by Elton John, Come Together by the Beatles, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Middlemarch by George Eliot, Old Sins by Penny Vincenzi and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.