Happy Birthday to Girls with Books!
August marks the 5th Anniversary of our blog and we are totally excited to continue our celebration with each and everyone of you.
One of my favorite authors, Renee Carlino, recently celebrated the release of her newest novel, Wish You Were Here. Here’s some info on her newest book:
Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.
Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.
Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.
About a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending Renee’s release party for Wish You Were Here at a fabulous local bookstore, Warwicks. As it happens, Renee is a local girl…from San Diego…just like me.
It was a fun filled evening. And even more so, the audience was filled with family and friends there to help Renee celebrate her latest release. We were graced with stories about her siblings (the short blanket being one of them) and got to meet her brother Rich, to whom the book is dedicated to. I even had the pleasure of meeting Renee’s mother.
Prior to the party, I had the opportunity to interview Renee to coincide with her new book as well as our anniversary celebration.
GWB: What book are you reading now?
Renee: I’m currently reading The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World by Kristen Rockaway. I’ll be sitting on a panel with her at the San Diego Festival of Book on August 26th and I’m also reading Most of All You by Mia Sheridan.
Renee: John Irving, Caroline Kepnes and now Jill Santopolo.
Renee: I’ve re-read a The Fourth Hand by John Irving countless times. It’s one of my favorite books.
Renee: I was inspired by my seventh grade English students and their passion for reading, as well as some very inspirational musicians I reference in Sweet Thing.
Renee: Sometimes I tell people to schedule writing. It’s a very disciplined craft. You have to commit to sitting at a computer for hours at a time.