Historical fiction author Erika Robuck’s (Receive Me Falling) stunning novel Hemingway’s Girl releases next Tuesday, September 4th after a glorious spring/summer buzz. Seriously, as early as May 24th, Cindy Adams in her New York Post article Lots to read as summer kicks off noted the book and then critical raves followed.
“Robuck brings Key West to life, and her Hemingway is fully fleshed out and believable, as are Mariella and others. Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting.”
“Robuck’s breathtaking alchemy is to put us inside the world of Hemingway and his wife Pauline… Dazzlingly written and impossibly moving, this novel is a supernova.”
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You
“Writing in clear and supple prose, Erika Robuck evokes a setting of the greatest fascination…This is assured and richly enjoyable storytelling.”
Margaret Leroy, Author of The Soldier’s Wife
“Robuck brings to vivid life the captivating and volatile world of a literary legend. Like a Key West hurricane, Hemingway’s Girl gains power and momentum, destroying much in its path, and reminds the reader of the strength found in healing.”
Kristina McMorris, author of Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
“Robuck pens a love letter to all of us who ache to have more Hemingway. Set against the enchanting, tempestuous landscape of Key West in the 1930s, Hemingway’s Girl imagines the powerful and resilient women behind the mythical man. An inspiring story of heartache and renewal. Readers will be sure to enjoy this ode to a literary icon.”
Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker’s Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico
“Fans of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife will adore Erika Robuck’s spellbinding tale of Hemingway and the fiercely independent Cuban girl he befriends in 1930s Key West. Robuck is a gifted storyteller, and in Hemingway’s Girl, she brings the literary legend to life: his passions for boxing and fishing, the tumult of his second marriage, his curious tenderness toward Mariella whose beauty he is enthralled by and whose grit he admires. Evocative and taut, Hemingway’s Girl is an irresistible, exhilarating story of love and adventure, impossible to put down.”
Dawn Tripp, bestselling author of Game of Secrets
The Divining Wand has scheduled an interview with Erika Robuck for tomorrow but, for today, let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:
ERIKA ROBUCK was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. Inspired by the cobblestones, old churches, Georgian homes, and mingling of past and present from the Eastern Shore, to the Annapolis City Dock, to the Baltimore Harbor, her passion for history is well nourished.
Her first novel, RECEIVE ME FALLING, is a best books awards finalist in historical fiction from USA Book News. Her second novel, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, has been acquired by NAL/Penguin and is scheduled for publication on September 4, 2012. Her third novel, CALL ME ZELDA, will follow.
Erika is a contributor to popular fiction blog, Writer Unboxed, and maintains her own blog called Muse. She is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, The Hemingway Society, and The Historical Novel Society. She spends her time on the East Coast with her husband and three sons.
And now it’s time to get to know Erika upclose and personal:
Q. How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A. Where boys, God, books, and coffee are juggled.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” –Ernest Hemingway
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is my three boys and husband in perfect health, playing in a gentle surf, where I sit with my toes in the water, reading a book.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing my children. My children losing me at a young age. Ticks.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I would be in Key West at the Hemingway House, writing at the desk of Ernest Hemingway.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I most identify with author, Kate Chopin. She wrote while raising her children.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I most admire my father. He works full time, is a deacon, visits prisoners, counsels those approaching marriage and baptism, and is a caregiver for my homebound mother, among other things.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. In writing: “just” and “such.” While scolding my children: “You know what…(blah blah blah).”
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would absolutely love to be able to play the piano. I’m so bitter that my parents didn’t force me to take lessons when I was a child.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Finishing a novel and finding an agent and publisher after nearly a decade of rejection feels like it’s up there.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. An obsessive need for a clean inbox before I can get to work.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Irreverent humor.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not finding out more about my grandmother’s polygamous father from Ireland. ‘Tis a story that begs to be told.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be Hemingway’s boat, Pilar, in his lifetime. He had many mighty sea adventures on that beauty.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I love make up, especially lipstick. I wear it always.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Juliet Ashton from THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. I adore Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz from the Disney show Phineas and Ferb. My boys have turned me on to that loveable mad scientist.
Q. If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. NHL Player Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburg Penguins— “Please sign all of these jerseys, pucks, and sticks for my boys.”
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When people don’t respond promptly to email or phone calls.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Boating with my family.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I’d like to work at the Hemingway House in Key West doing anything from giving tours to cleaning the writing studio.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Following through on one’s word, compassion, and not taking oneself too seriously.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Peanut Butter bagels. Yummy.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Into the Mystic (Van Morrison), Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven), From Here You Can Almost See the Sea (David Gray), One Prairie Outpost (Carbon Leaf), Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin)
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Possession (A. S. Byatt), Emma (Jane Austen), Atonement (Ian McEwan), The Reed of God (Caryll Houselander), The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
In addition to being remarkably talented, Erika has a lovely positive and thoughtful nature that can be enjoyed by following her on Twitter and becoming friends on Facebook. Also please remember to return here tomorrow for the interview with Erika about Hemingway’s Girl!