Hi everyone! Today on the blog is an interview with Laura Silverman, author of Girl Out of Water. Below is a synopsis & the interview!
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.
Girl out of Water sounds like an amazing coming of age story, what made you want to tell Anise’s story?
Thank you so much! Honestly, Anise told her own story. I definitely wanted to play with ideas of feeling trapped / being scared of losing home, but it wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized how much I connected to Anise on certain things. Just like Anise, I was really worried I’d lose important friendships when we parted ways for college, and that’s something you have to figure out your whole life. Good friends are always moving away. Sometimes you’re always moving away. You have to learn to put in some work, but you can definitely keep those important relationships, no matter the distance.
Do any of the characters stem from people you know or from people watching?
Most of the characters are pretty much their own. If I had to pick one I relate to most it’s probably Tess – Anise’s best friend. We’re both very loving and loyal and…honest haha…with our friends ☺
How long was the process of writing Girl out of Water to getting it published?
I wrote the initial drafts over about six months. From there, I queried the manuscript and found my agent. We worked on it again and then went out on submission for an editor and publishing house. So there were a lot of lulls in between when I wasn’t actually working on the book, but from first idea to on the shelves it’s been close to three years.
What was your favorite part about writing Girl out of Water?
Ooh! That’s hard to choose! I think probably the draft right before I queried agents when everything started clicking – it was the first time I looked at it and was like, whoa, omg, this really could be an actual book. It was really satisfying to feel all of the hard work come together.
Favorite female literary character?
Awesome question! Some recent reads come to mind – Starr from THE HATE U GIVE and Molly from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED.
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?
I also love freelance editing and at one point I was going to be a copywriter at an advertising agency, but those are pretty similar haha ☺ Totally out of the box? Being a doctor would be amazing, especially on the research end of things.
Soccer! I was never particularly athletic, but I loved it as a kid and wish it were more popular in America.