Meg Mitchell Moore (@mmitchmoore): A 13-year-old cyberbullying victim connects with a heartbroken archivist and an Irish domestic servant from the 1920s through an old diary.
Meg Mitchell Moore: I think of it as very different and I’m really curious to know how readers respond. It’s darker. I think it’s more ambitious. And in many thematic ways, it’s the exact opposite: The Arrivals was about people returning home in search of solace, and So Far Away is about people looking outside their usual circles for solace that they couldn’t find at home.
Meg Mitchell Moore: Busy! And exciting. And a great learning year. I was a lot more nervous last year at this time. This year, I have learned how to chill out about the stuff I can’t control. I have no Google alert on my name. I don’t read any reviews unless they are sent to me from my publicist. I take real joy in the writing time I have (I’m working on my third novel) because I understand more than ever that that is where the real happiness is.
Meg Mitchell Moore: Oh, balance is elusive. Time is always a challenge, so when I do have time to write, I try really hard to focus and let everything else in life fade into the background, even if only for an hour or two. I also do NOT try to write when my kids are around. I think it’s impossible, so I don’t put myself through the torture. Writing happens only when I’m alone. I think all working moms are trying for balance. All you can do is do the best you can to get to everything and try not to beat yourself up when you don’t succeed.
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Meg Mitchell Moore: I don’t! In fact, the journal was one of the hardest things to write in the book. I kept resisting the idea that it needed to be written -- in the first several drafts, I alluded to the journal, but never showed it; I told the entire story of the journal-writer in third person.
Meg Mitchell Moore: I am! I’m really excited about it. It’s tentatively titled The Captain’s Daughter. It’s about the daughter of a lobsterman from a small fishing village in Maine who returns to the town she thought she escaped when her father’s boat goes missing and confronts her past as well as some uncomfortable truths about her present.
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