Do you all remember when I guest blogged for Glamour blogger Sarah Jio last year? Well, Sarah has just released her debut novel (it comes out TODAY!), and as Sarah tells me, she’s “over the moon” about it. The Violets of March is a sort of coming-of-age story for adults. The storyline alternates between present day and 1943 on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. When a recent divorcee finds an old diary tucked away at her great aunt’s house, she’s transported to another time and another woman’s life as she uncovers long-kept secrets that lead her on a journey of healing her own wounds and finding love again.
What was your inspiration in writing the book?
I have always loved Bainbridge Island, where the book is set. In fact, I grew up just a few miles from its shores and spent many happy hours there as a child. So, the book is partially inspired by the island, and also inspired the most beautiful jazz song by the late Susannah McCorkle called “The Waters of March.” I heard the song years ago and began to think about what type of story I could create that would fit the song.
How does it feel to have your first novel published?
I am absolutely pinching myself! I can hardly believe that I’ve accomplished this lifelong dream (and I’ve been at this for a long time—my first “book” was called “A Tug Boat’s Dream,” written in the first grade!). The whole thing has felt surreal—from the time I heard about my book deal and then the sale of rights to the book in Germany (I was in the cereal aisle of Trader Joe’s with my kids when I read that news from my agent on my Blackberry) to now when a book with my name on it will be in bookstores across the country. It’s so hard to believe. I recently sold my second novel, The Bungalow, to Penguin. It will be published in April of 2012.
Bravo, Sarah! xoxo
P.S. As always, you can read Sarah’s Glamour health and fitness blog, Vitamin G.