A little bit about me: I'm the single mother of a wonderful kiddo in elementary school. We live in a small town on the coast of Maine, about an hour and a half south of Boothbay Harbor, the setting of FINDING COLIN FIRTH and THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB (June 2012, Simon & Schuster). Walking distance from our house is a wonderful little independent bookstore, a smoothie shop, a good restaurant, our town library, the weekly farmer's market, and a great coffee place where I like to write and read. In other words, everything I need.
My next novel, FINDING COLIN FIRTH, will be published by Simon & Schuster July 9, 2013. It's about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life changing summer when rumor has it that Colin Firth is coming to their small coastal Maine town to film his new movie. It's not a movie club book like TMSMC, but it is a spin-off, featuring the main characters from TMSMC as secondary characters and the same inn setting. I wrote this novel with a picture of Colin Firth in a tuxedo next to my computer. That's nice research. My favorite Colin Firth movie? That's a hard one. I first discovered him in the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice, so that's a first love, but I love him in Love Actually and Then She Found Me too.
About THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB (published in over 18 languages): What inspired THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB was not only my love of films and Meryl Streep in particular, but a rocky Thanksgiving many years ago. That Thanksgiving, my mother and grandmother weren’t getting along—they were arguing over whether to put garlic in the mashed potatoes, bringing up what was or wasn’t said twenty years ago—until the three of us sat down to watch The Bridges of Madison County. The discussion we had after the film, about Meryl Streep’s character’s choices, changed everything. Suddenly, we were talking, really talking, opening up, revealing pieces of ourselves. My mother and grandmother went from angry at each other to hugging each other. A Thanksgiving saved! Fast forward some years later, when I had a Meryl Streep movie marathon during a rocky time of my own, and an idea for a novel was born.
My favorite Meryl Streep movie? I love so many, but my favorite is Out of Africa. What I love about Meryl Streep (so much that I devoted my novel to ten of her oustanding films) is how exceptional she is at range--from breathtakingly serious to hilariously funny. And to be honest, I just love her face. I think she's exquisite!
I'm not only a movie fan--I'm a huge reader. My favorite books range from childhood favorites such as Anne of Green Gables and Little Women (I've always liked to think those March sisters were my own :) and current favorite authors include Anne Tyler, Elin Hilderbrand, Elinor Lipman, Marisa de los Santos, Fay Weldon, Beth Hoffman, Jennifer Weiner, Sarah Addison Allen, Jane Green, Anne Lamott, Richard Russo, Stephen King, Maeve Binchy, Claire Cook, Jennifer Crusie, Pam Houston, Elizabeth Berg, and many more. I love big-hearted, emotional novels about life and love. I also love memoirs and all kinds of non-fiction.
I'd love to hear from you with any comments (and I'd love to know your favorite Colin Firth and Meryl Streep movies). Email me any time: AuthorMiaMarch at gmail.com
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