I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
There are dysfunctional families, and then there are DYSFUNCTIONAL families. [Read more…]
This show was truly inspired by my friends. In many of my conversations with them, I found that we all had so many of the same fears, insecurities, and doubts about beauty, aging, and navigating that territory. [Read more…]
Fishy Fishy Chief Fun Officer Marci Phillips on Porter’s Stowaway Tavern, Cute Bartenders and "Revenge"
Beauty to Die For isn’t your first time as an author. You wrote A Model for a Better Future back in 1998, which was a very different kind of book. What inspired you to write a mystery now? Is that a genre you’ve always enjoyed reading?
I have always loved to read. I read Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie when I was young. I enjoyed figuring out “Who done it?” I was approached to write a book by my publisher and things just fell into place. The book is special because it’s fun but also filled with wisdom to help the reader learn life lessons. I personally like to learn by having fun while I’m doing it. [Read more…]
Do you remember back in the early days of Facebook when people posted all kinds of lists in their “Notes” section? Our all-time favorites were the amazing “25 Random Things About Me” lists — they were so real, so personal and so fascinating.
SoIe thought it would be fun to post my own list so you can get to know me better. (Uh, I’m not sure I ever told anyone about number eight …) [Read more…]
Author Teresa Link Talks About "Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances" with Pamela Lear
Once in a while, a novel comes along that speaks directly to you, somehow knowing just where you are at a particular time and place in life. If you are lucky, that book is fun to read, insightful and takes you on a journey of possibilities. Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances, recently came across my desk and was that book. It is charming, while offering a lot of depth and introspection.
This is the story of three women living in southern California, each of whom has grown children who have moved on with their lives, and each of whom is in a troubled marriage. The novel follows their search for peace and fulfillment as their lives take inevitable twists and turns. Through vacations together, marital drama, accidents and medical crises, the friendships ebb and flow in unexpected ways.
At times humorous, at other times contemplative, the novel carries the reader through the friendship of these three women and each of their unique dilemmas. Written in a loving yet very honest tone, the story offers plenty of reason to care whether these characters will save their marriages or pursue other relationships, and made me want to see them find happiness.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to author Teresa Link. Here’s what she had to say about her debut novel:
The chapters alternate from the perspective of different characters, both men and women. Do you relate most closely with any of the characters? Or do you have friends that they were based on?
None of the characters were based on anyone; they all just rose up out of my own sorry self. I am deeply in love with each of them, and have no favorites.
For me, this novel was about women’s friendships and a search for a sense of peace and fulfillment in a midlife stage. Do you think the term “midlife crisis” applies to the characters, both male and female? Are there any particular messages you want readers to take away from the novel?
“Midlife crisis” is an interesting term. My working title for the novel was “Saturn Return,” which is an astrological phenomenon that occurs three times in a person’s life: between the ages of 28-31, 58-61, and, finally, around age 84. These are times of tumult and reassessment for all of us. My friend, Jincy Willett (author of The Writing Class) nixed that title; she said it sounded like a novel about a used car dealership. It was not my intention to drive home any particular message. In my own reading life, the best stories are the ones that touch a personal nerve and keep reverberating.
What genre would you categorize this novel in?
Oh, I don’t know. My publisher calls it “literary fiction.”
Why did you choose Southern California, particularly North County San Diego, for the setting of the story?
San Diego is the land of milk and honey, isn’t it? The pot of gold, the rainbow’s end. We have such expectations of happily ever after, so how shocking to discover that, even with the golden ring clutched to your breast, the uneasiness persists.
What is your writing process like? How long did this book take to write?
I wrote this book in about a year. Once the characters asserted themselves, I just let them battle it out in my brain. Fortunately for me, I have writer friends who read drafts and kept me on course.
I would love to read more of your work. Are you working on another novel or any other projects at this time?
I am about a third of the way into my new novel, which is about my great-aunt and her lover, who was a renowned commercial artist in 1930’s New York.