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Laura Taylor Namey | The Library of Lost Things

The Library of Lost Things

by Laura Taylor Namey

From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

October 8th, 2019

Introduce yourself and your debut novel!

Hi all, I’m Laura Taylor Namey and my debut is THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS coming October 8, 2019 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins

What’s the most surprising part about your debut journey so far?

The timeline has been surprising. It will be quiet for a while, then all at once it seems like there is so much to do. But it has been wonderful overall.

Give a shout-out to a fellow debut!

One of my favorite 2019 debut books is Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno. How I love this story!

Who is your favorite character?

Darcy’s aspiring fashion designer best friend, Marisol Robles is my favorite character. Her personality is a mash-up of me and my best friend, and she was so much fun to write.

Describe your main character in 3 words.

Bookish, Loyal, Self-Sufficient

What was the hardest scene to write?

The final scene in this book was definitely the most difficult and went through the most revision. Emotions are high, a few secrets are revealed, and this is a real turning point in the relationship between Darcy and her mom.

What advice would you give to a new writer?

Read widely in the genre and age group you’re writing in, and join a community of writers for fun, ideas, growth, and support.

Describe your writing space.

I have a designated office space in my master bedroom, but lately I’ve been working in my living room, which has such a nice view of my backyard. That plus a few cups a coffee and I’m ready to go.

What is your favorite word, and why?

Midnight is my favorite word because it has a romantic, whimsical, fairy tale feel. It can signify both the end and beginning of something. I love the sound of it, and the way it takes up space on a page.

What book or author has most influenced your own writing?

I am so heavily influenced and inspired by Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorite books.

What are two of your favorite covers of all time?

Two of my favorite recent covers are Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon and All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey.

Share a novel aesthetic!

Thanks for interviewing, Laura! I can't wait to check out your book on 10/8/19!




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