After missing three of her local book signings, I finally made it out to see Lauren Francis-Sharma discuss her debut novel, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry. I was glad that so many people came out and after the reading, there was no shortage of questions.
I managed to get in the first question and asked about the book’s pace. As I wrote in the review, this book is go,go, go. I wondered if this was intentional or if the book kind of took off after the writing started. She says it was intentional. She found herself picking up the pace when she thought things were slowing down. And she also took into consideration the type of book she’d want to read.
I’m usually hesitant to even ask questions. It must’ve been the Pumpkin Spice Latte I was drinking that had me feeling good enough to ask another. This time, I wanted a little insight into the editing process. We learned that the book was over 600 pages when Lauren handed it over to the editor. After about nine months, they got it down to the current 400 pages. She did have to tweak the ending a bit and change one of the book’s twists but in the end, this is pretty much the story she started with.
Lauren’s experience with her editor was quite different than the one Kiese Laymon described with his. Remembering the discussion at Laymon’s author event is what actually prompted me to ask the question. He felt like his editor wanted him to tell a different story, to make the story attractive to a more “mainstream” audience. He elaborated on that quite a bit, but back to Lauren……
From the time she started writing, it took nearly four years to get the book to the shelf. Creating a social media presence to help promote the book has been one of the most rewarding parts of the entire experience. The encouragement she’s received from fans has really kept her energized. I’m glad she said that because I don’t interact much with authors on social media. I’ll have to start doing that, especially for those whose books I’m recommending to anyone that will listen!
For the audio book lovers, it’s coming! Since much of the book is written in the local dialect, she wants to make sure that she chooses an individual that gets it right. She’s making a conscious effort to avoid offending Trinidadians. I wish people would have the same awareness when they select individuals to copy Southern dialect.
Of course any book can be read at anytime but, to me, something just screams summer read about this one. So if you’re looking to squeeze in one more book before the end of summer, you should at least check out the synopsis of ‘Til the Well Runs Dry before making your final selection!
|Yours truly and Lauren|
And I can’t end this post without saying that Lauren took a moment in the middle of her event to give Reading Has Purpose a shout out! It was completely unexpected and very much appreciated.
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