We think finding a new author to love is the best thing, well, EVEH. And when we crush on a book, we crush hard. We think about it when it's not around, we talk about it incessantly to all of our friends and we try to spend as much time with it as possible.
So when our publicist suggested we read Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright, we were ecstatic to discover how beautifully written her debut was. We were in love! In fact, Liz's husband begged her to stop talking about it on their trip to Cabo. (We think maybe he was just jealous that she wrote Kim a love note after she finished it?) Liz also chose it as a hot summer beach read over at SheKnows.com!
In Love in Mid Air, Elyse Bearden’s marriage is already in trouble when she meets a handsome stranger on her flight home from Arizona. Her husband, a doting father to their young daughter but an inattentive husband, has been communicating with her via post-it note for far too long and seems content with having sex in the kiss-less "X" position once a week.
So it’s not surprising when she starts a torrid affair with the man she meets in row 29-somehow trying to recapture the excitement she feels is sorely missing from her marriage and her life in general. Love in Mid Air is honest and captivating-one of the best books we've read this year. Want to know more? Check out the book trailer!
And we're lucky enough to have FIVE copies of Love in Mid Air to give to our fantastic readers! Just leave a comment and we'll pick a winner by random drawing on Thursday night.
And we're so excited that Kim agreed to be a Lit IT Girl! Because we discovered that, not only is she a genius author, she loves Grey Goose and trashy TV just like us! And her journey to publishing should give every aspiring author hope.
CHICK LIT IS NOT DEAD PRESENTS: LIT IT GIRL KIM WRIGHT!
How many agents did you query before you found “the one”?
I lost count. Although several of my friends had published books, I had this nutty idea I was going to make it on my own and not ask anybody for favors. You know, “If the book is good it will make it on its own merits” - that sort of insanity. After thirty something agents turned me down, I called my friend Alison Smith, who had written a highly successful memoir called Name All the Animals, and was like “Um, gee, um, would you introduce me to your agent?” And he’s turned out to be the perfect fit. It’s funny because he was on my radar screen all the time. It’s like traveling the world in search of the perfect man and marrying the boy next door.
What was your rock bottom moment during the process?
During that long hunt for representation I got a lot of rejection, but one of them stands out. I’d walked to the mailbox and the envelope was thin so I figured it wasn’t good news. But the agent hadn’t just said no, she’d gone on for a whole page scolding me for writing a book that she thought glorified affairs and divorce. It started out with “This shameful story….” I literally sat down in the middle of my driveway. For a minute I thought I was going to pass out. My therapist still has a copy of that rejection letter in my file!
How long did it take to write your book?
I never know how to answer this because I wrote a very long, very bad first draft of the book and then put it down for two years. When I picked it back up I did a brutal revision, slicing out big sections and pretty much building it back up from scratch. That took a couple of years and then there was the aforementioned hunt for an agent and then, once my agent sold it, the publisher held it for two more years before it was released. So if you count the fallow periods it took ten years; I think I actually worked on it for five.
What did you do to celebrate your book deal?
Went to New York and met everyone from the publicity team to the foreign rights team to the receptionist down in the lobby. Then after being this complete networking fool, I went off on my own and just sat there and let it sink in. I remember sitting at the bar of the St. Moritz thinking “I have a book. I actually have a book.”
Knowing what you know now about publishing your first novel, what would you have done differently?
Honestly, nothing. I made bunches of mistakes but looking back it all seems like a necessary part of the journey. I might have swallowed my silly country pride and asked my friends for help sooner.
Who is your writer crush?
Tom Perotta! His “Little Children” was a huge influence on “Love in Mid Air.” I recently friended him on Facebook and am trying to decide how to stalk him without it being too obvious.
What’s your biggest distraction or vice while writing?
Sudoku. It’s like crack cocaine for me.
GNO drink of choice?
Grey Goose vodka, very cold and straight up. It was what I was drinking when I was sitting in the St. Moritz thinking “Holy Mother of God, my book is actually going to be published.”
Favorite trashy TV show?
I love reality TV. Dancing With the Stars, Top Chef, Project Runway, The Biggest Loser. My latest guilty pleasure is this show called Chopped on the Food Channel. They give chefs these mystery baskets with strange ingredients like gooseberries, chocolate, bell peppers, and calamari and they have to make an appetizer using them all. Great stuff.
What celeb would you love to have a Twitter war with?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes me nauseous. So she might not be that fun to war with, because I’d be livid the whole time. Love in Mid Air recently came out in Australia and I heard Germaine Greer is mad at me about some things I said about feminism in an interview and that’s sort of cool. I think in the long run, I’d like to have a Twitter war with someone I respect.
Thanks so much Kim! xoxo, L&L
To learn more about Lit IT Girl Kim Wright, head on over to her website or find her on Facebook.