Judith Marshall – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever

The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends—five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.

The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in the Napa Valley and raised in a suburb of San Francisco. As a child, I loved movies, and I dreamed of becoming a writer, someone who could make up stories that others would want to read and maybe see on the screen. But soon life got in the way and it wasn’t until the mid-90s when I finished reading Rebecca Well’s book, “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” that I slammed the book shut and exclaimed, “That woman wrote my book!” After much soul-serching, I left job as an HR executive and turned my attention back to my childhood dream. Ten years and five complete revisions later, my first novel was published.

What inspired you to write this book?

Although a work of fiction, the story was inspired by my own life experiences. Like the protagonist in my book, I, too, have been blessed with the friendship of a group of women I have known since high school. This book is dedicated to them.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Definitely revision. I love the creativity involved in writing a first draft, but editing and polishing is really hard and not much fun.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Everything I can think of! Seriously, I spend one half of every day posting, blogging, updating my website, requesting reviews, contacting news media, etc. The second part of the day is spent writing.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My second novel is in its final revision stage. “Staying Afloat,” is the story of a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother who morphs into a sex-starved adulteress. Great fun to write!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

I agree with Anne Lamott — write lots of really shitty first drafts. You must believe in what your doing and keep at it. Tenacity is 90% of being successful.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?