Old Cars, Delicious Eats, & Even World Peace: Interview/ Giveaway with Historical Fiction Author, Lee Fullbright

Come and join me today as I chat with Lee Fullbright, an author from the heart of San Diego, though she is as classy as they come. Old cars, delicious eats, the deep south and even world peace–because why not?–Lee is a lover of all these things! We even share a favorite book–Atonement by Ian McEwan. Here’s my advice:  (1) Read this interview, (2) Read Lee’s book, The Angry Woman Suite, and (3) Circle back to read Atonement (check out my review here). Trust me, you’ll thank us 😉

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GRAB A CUP OF TEA, AND READ ON, MY KIND FRIENDS.

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Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, and food.

The Angry Woman Suite, which follows a challenged family from the early 1900s to mid-century, is most like an airbrushed sepia-brown.

The Angry Woman Suite is like the tough, pack-loving wolf that lives by her wits, all the while relying on “family” for survival.

As for a U.S. city, The Angry Woman Suite is diverse (mystery, coming-of-age, and love story), like my hometown, San Diego, the eighth largest city in the U.S., where every stripe is uniquely represented.

A car (long gone) that best reflects the glory that was once Grayson House—a setting in The Angry Woman Suite—has to be a Bugatti! A cream-colored one, please.

As for food, The Angry Woman Suite is distinctly American, complete with metaphorical references to an American Revolution battle, so apple pie of course!

Here’s a clichéd question:  You’re wandering out in the desert and trip over a hard object lodged in the sand. It’s a magic genie’s lamp—OMG! Which three things do you wish for and why? Any chance you’ll regret these choices later?

And #1 clichéd answer (but I do mean it): World peace. Followed by thin thighs. Number 3 wish is for a limo to whisk me out of that dang desert and back to my present home, where I’m to live comfortably (read: moneyed) into my old age. And no regrets.  

If there was one fictional character (either from literature, television, or movies) whose life and personality most resembled your own, who would it be and why?

Briony Tallis. The minute I started reading Atonement by Ian McEwan, I saw myself in the child who spins life through made-up stories, in an effort to explain her place in the world, often creating more questions than answers. In the case of Briony, the end result of her storytelling is tragedy, which is where, naturally, I like to think Briony and I part ways.

Now a different spin on the same question:  If you could pick, which fictional character’s life would you most want to have and why?

Nancy Drew! Because I love a mystery! I devoured Nancy Drew books as a kid. I wanted to be her. I wanted to start every day looking for clues. And I still wouldn’t mind spending every day looking for clues. And her boyfriend Ned seems a decent sort (if a little bland). 

Would you rather your writing remain obscure forever all the while knowing you had talent and stayed true to your creative vision OR would you prefer to write a book that achieves great commercial success but that you just aren’t proud of? Why did you choose the answer you chose?

Good one! I wrestled with this, at first thinking how cool it would be to go all idealistic, stubbornly (and arrogantly?) sticking to one creative vision (which would be door #1)—but door #1 is really too narrow for my tastes. It doesn’t allow for experimentation. Or growth. I’d be self-imprisoned. So, yes, I could see myself experimenting with style and structure and going with door #2, to a more commercial end, just to see if I could pull off something different. Also, writing is an income stream, and while it’s certainly a creative venture, so is strategizing one’s life and welfare and responsibilities to family and others. I’m a pragmatist.

About the book: “They need to be exercised, hearts do … to keep them strong.” Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets–and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for. An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man’s quest for justice. A plot that pulls and twists. Get The Angry Woman Suite through Amazon.

About the author: Lee Fullbright, a lifelong San Diegan, lives on beautiful Point Loma with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her literary mystery, The Angry Woman Suite, was a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, and won a Discovery Award (for literary fiction), as well as a Royal Dragonfly HM, and the award for “Best Mystery” at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. Lee Fullbright is also the recipient of the 2013 Geisel Award, for “best of the best” at the SDBA. Connect with Lee on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.

Mrs. Storm

Writing everything from Sweet Romance to Children's Books to Nonfiction, Melissa loves books, birds, and bonbons--in that order. She has an advanced degree that she never uses.

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