Unexpectedly compelling and sparkling with wit and intelligence, this debut novel chronicles one woman’s quest for control over her surroundings, and the secrets and surprises that lie hidden in an ordinary suburban landscape.
And bestowed with this praise:
“On Maggie’s Watch shows how we thrive, how we go on, in a life that’s neither perfect nor fair. Ann Wertz Garvin writes with humor and compassion so well; just when I’d feel about to cry the scene would twist and I’d laugh out loud. She has such deep understanding for her flawed and trying-to-get better characters; she obviously loves them, and so do we.”
—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners
The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of On Maggie’s Watch for Monday, November 29, 2010 but, in the meantime, let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:
Ann Wertz Garvin is a full professor at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where she teaches courses on nutrition and stress management. This is her first novel.
Interesting background? Indeed. Yet Ann is so much more than that and it’s time to get to know her, upclose and personal:
How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: That place between too little and too much
What is your motto or maxim?
A: Thank you for having me. I had a nice time.
How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: My life right now, with slightly better abs (ok-totally better abs)
What’s your greatest fear?
A: Disabling illness (losing my children is really number one but I can’t even think about that)
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: It’s not where you are it’s who your with, then you could be anywhere and be exactly in the right place.
….but Greece is nice too.
With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Erma Bombeck (I know there are better answers like Eleanor Roosevelt or Jane Austin but I’m going for something not completely self-aggrandizing)
Which living person do you most admire?
A: Nora Ephron
What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: No offense (because it’s funny–if you say no offense you know offense is coming)-plus I swear too much.
If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I’d like to be a triple threat on Broadway (sing, act, dance)
What is your greatest achievement?
A: Writing fiction, hands down.
What’s your greatest flaw?
What’s your best quality?
A: Sense of Humor
What do you regret most?
A: Not realizing my value earlier in life.
If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I’d like to be a dog or a man for an hour. But only an hour and then I want a hot bath. (no offense)
What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My crazy, curly hair
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Nancy Drew
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Pepe LePew (he’s a lover not a fighter)
If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Dara Torres
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Small talk
What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Teaching and writing but in cooler clothes, a better memory, and kick ass shoes
What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
Sense of Humor
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Cheese (I know, really? But, yeah…it’s cheese)
What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Build Me Up Buttercup-The foundations
You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White
Hard Candy – Counting Crows
Brown Eye’d Girl – Van Morrison
What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Deep End of the Ocean – Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Short History of a Prince – Jane Hamilton
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital – Lorrie Moore
Olive Kitteridge-Elizabeth Strout
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away a copy of Richard Doetsch’s The Thieves of Darkness in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Richard Doetsch and The Thieves of Darkness. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to see if you’re a winner.