20 Questions with Allie Larkin, author of Stay
1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks. But usually a receipt or notecard serving as a bookmark. Nothing fancy.
2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
3. Favorite author?
4. Favorite genre’?
5. What is the best book you have read in the last year?
SEVEN YEAR SWITCH by Claire Cook
6. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers
7. E books: Friend or foe?
8. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
I was a compulsive reader as a child, and I think that helped me develop my sense of story and character. I don’t think there’s one book that made me want to write. All the books I’ve read were a part of the process.
9. What are you reading right now?
SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH by Alicia Bessette
10. What is the last book you bought just for the cover?
GIRLS IN TRUCKS by Katie Crouch
11. What is the last book you received in the mail?
SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH
12. What is the number of books you own?
I think I’d rather tell you how old I am and how much a weigh. Let’s just say many.
13. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
GREEN EGGS AND HAM
14. Do you have a favorite place to read?
In a lawn chair in the backyard.
15. What is next for you, publishing-wise?
I have an essay about my dog, Stella, that will be in Wade Rouse’s anthology of dog essays called I’M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP. And I’m working on a new novel.
16. Do you have a favorite place to write?
I rotate through several spots in my house: couch, futon in my office, kitchen table, comfy chair in the bedroom. I have a very hard time actually writing at my desk.
17. Do you have any pets ?
Two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat. Argo is the cover model for STAY, and both Argo and Stella inspired the character of Joe in the book.
18. How does your garden grow?
With way too many weeds. 🙂
19. The last thing you Googled?
Locations I’m considering using in my next book.
20. What makes you cringe?
Jello. The way it moves – it’s just not right.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Allie. I love authors that are inspired by their dogs.
Here is a blurb about the book:
Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of college. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from him at the altar, Van’s standing behind her best friend Janie as maid of honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the only man Van’s ever loved. Before, Van’s mother died, she told Van never to let Peter go, but as the couple exchanges vows, Van wonders if her fairy tale ending will ever come true.
After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet. The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, and Van is at the end of her rope… until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what.
Van affectionately names her dog Joe, and together, they work to mend the pieces of Van’s shattered heart. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Joe’s vet is a rugged sweetheart with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But when the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, Van is forced to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted, proving that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.
Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay is an unforgettable debut that illuminates the boundlessness of love and marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.
About the Author
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and their two German Shepherds. Stay is her first novel.