Q&A With Leslie A. Rasmussen
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Q&A With Leslie A. Rasmussen
Tonight I have the pleasure of doing a Q&A with Leslie A.
Rasmussen who is the award winning author of the women’s fiction novel “After
Happily Ever After”.
Q: Where did you get your idea for your novel “After Happily Ever
A: As my children got older and more independent, my friends and I
had some in depth conversations about what the next chapter of our lives would
look like. I realized that we had so much in common that a story about what we
were going through would be relatable to so many other women and they’d realize
that they weren’t alone. I also knew so many people that were facing their own
mortality as they witnessed the difficulties their parents were going through
as they aged. Being in the “sandwich” generation was universal, where you
aren’t only taking care of your kids; you are also helping with your
Q: What were your favorite novels you read so far this year?
A: I read a lot because not only am I in a book club, but I also
read all my author friends’ books, too. The books I enjoyed the most this year
have been Colleen Hoover’s ‘Verity’, ‘The Plot’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz, and
‘The Match’, by Harlan Coben.
Q: What is your advice to those who want to write? What is your advice
to those who deal with writer’s block?
A: If you are just getting started in writing, I would say, go to
conferences and meet and listen to various authors, go to workshops for your
genre, follow authors online and ask for advice, and read as many books in the
genre that you want to write in. As far as writers’ block goes, sometimes you
have to just write even if you think it’s not good. The empty page is far
scarier than when there are words on it. When there are words, you can at least
edit and rewrite those words into something you think is so much better. If you
are really stuck, sometimes you need to walk away and let ideas and characters
germinate for a while. If you put too much pressure on yourself, you won’t be
able to write anything.
Q: Does Hollywood have the rights to your novel yet?
A: As of now, Hollywood doesn’t have the rights to my novel yet. I
own the rights, and am in the process of looking for an agent to represent
Q: If you were to collaborate with another author, who would it be
A: I would collaborate with either Jennifer Weiner or Colleen
Hoover. I like to write stories that have realistic relatable characters and
both women write those kinds of stories. I have been a fan of their novels for
a while, and I think I could learn a lot from both of them.
Q: Are you currently writing a new novel now? If so, can you
please spoil a little bit about it?
A: My second novel The Stories We Cannot Tell will be
published by Touchpoint Press next year. It’s the story of two women, Rachel, whose thirty-years-old
married, and Jewish, and Katie, who’s thirty-two, single, and Catholic. The
women meet for the first time when at five months pregnant, they have each
received shocking news that there’s something very wrong with their babies.
Rachel and Katie must make the difficult decision whether to terminate their
pregnancies. The women bond through tears and
laughter, and develop not only a close friendship, but find they have more in
common than they ever would’ve expected. The novel deals with loss, love, hope,