Today, I get the honor and the privilege of sharing a triple treat! It’s release date for A.M. Leibowitz’s third novel in the Faithfully Yours series, Keeping the Faith, and I get to interview A.M Leibowitz, share an exclusive excerpt from the new novel, and provide my review of the novel… all in a single, awesome post!
I. First, the all important interview! I asked eight writerly questions to A.M. Leibowitz, and they gave me eight, wonderfully writerly answers.
Is there a character in your work you feel especially connected to? Why?
Both Micah and Cat are aspects of myself. I suppose that’s probably true for a lot of authors, that our characters represent pieces of ourselves. In this case, it’s almost literally true. Micah is the part of me that rebels against all things spiritual, angry and traumatized. Cat is the part of me still clinging to hope in the divine. Like many aspects of my life, I can’t simply “pick a side” on this issue. So they are how I reconcile this tension.
How do you hope your writing influences other people?
At some point, I realized that the main purpose of anything I write is “You are not alone.” For most of my life, I was looking for my people, my community. While I think that the concept of chosen family vs. family of origin can be overdone, that’s not what I mean here. I’m talking about people discovering they are not alone in all kinds of ways—through friends, partners, colleagues, children, and yes, even family of origin. It’s less about who we are closest to and more about shared feelings and experiences.
Tell us a little about any upcoming projects.
I’m finishing the main story arc of my Notes from Boston series. The books are stand-alones mostly, but there’s an extended plot too. I’m outlining future novels set in the same place, with “guest appearances” from the original characters. Those will have a different style, though. And I’m drafting a companion novel to An Act of Devotion.
Plotter or pantser?
Plantser! A bit of both.
Musical theater or rock concert?
Musical theater all the way.
What’s a charity/cause you support?
The National Hemophilia Foundation: https://www.hemophilia.org
What genre (other than your own) do you like to read?
Mystery and science fiction.
What’s one of your hobbies?