Interview With Deborah Nolan
by Cara Connelly
Tell us about your path to publication. What have you published to date?
I started writing when my son, now 35, was an infant. I’d been practicing law until he was born but decided to stay home with him instead. We’d just moved to New Jersey from Park Slope, Brooklyn, I didn’t know anyone, was home with my baby and my husband was working all the time. I was pretty isolated and lonely. I started by keeping a journal and then graduated into writing, mostly non-fiction.
When my son was in nursery school another mother invited me to join a critique group. She also told me about the writing classes at The New School. I joined the group, and am still a member of what’s left of it, and took classes, first in nonfiction and then fiction. I got positive feedback at the classes and an article I wrote about having twins was accepted by “Twin Magazine.” It was never published but I felt somewhat validated and continued writing.
Along the way I joined MWA’s New York chapter and started going to their one day seminar and networking party where I met Erin and then Faith Black, an editor at Avalon. She convinced me to send in my books and accepted both Suddenly Lily and Conflict of Interest. Faith and I are still in touch and I still am a member of MWA.
What do you like to read?
Like most writers, I was a reader first. I usually have two or three books going at the same time and a book on tape in the car. I read romances and mysteries but I also read literary and women’s fiction. I don’t think I could stick to one genre. There are too many good things to read out there.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book that I’ve submitted is Athens, a fish out of water tale about Sasha Moriarity, a 30 year old woman lawyer, who finds her boyfriend in bed with a colleague. Humiliated and angry, she leaves New York for Athens, New York to check out the house she’s inherited from a grandmother she never knew. She falls in love with Athens and her mysterious neighbor and all would be perfect if it weren’t for the escalating threats and vandalism that start to occur. Although her life is threatened and she narrowly escapes death, because this is a romance, Sasha escapes without serious injury and finds happy ever after with her neighbor who turns out to be a Hollywood movie star who has been in hiding following a scandal.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m working on a sequel to Suddenly Lily partly because the book has done very well since Avalon was acquired by Amazon. I am also writing it because I like Lily and the other characters and wanted to write more about them.