Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together. Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiancé set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he’s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.
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Interview with the Author:
1. What was your biggest inspiration while writing your book?
I’m always inspired by human nature. I find us fascinating. I feel that I can see our capacity for good, for taking care of each other and being loving and kind. If it’s dormant, or hidden, I want to know why.
I’m also very much a dog person, and dogs provide an interesting contrast to our nature. They are, unless abused or neglected, almost unswervingly loving and kind. They seldom worry about vulnerability or image. And I think they bring out the best in us. So when two damaged characters get together, or try to, it seemed inspiring (for me, at least) to put a dog between them and watch how it changed the emotional landscape.
2. What is your favorite book of all time?
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
3. What is usually on your nightstand?
A box of tissues and a clock. I know you were thinking in terms of books. But they are beside my easy chair. There I keep my Kindle with probably over a hundred unread books on it, and a growing stack of paper books. I read and work on the computer in my easy chair, and by the time I go to bed it’s because I can’t keep my eyes open another minute.
On a few occasions I might have my notebook computer on the nightstand. If I have a book that is enjoying a promotion, and running up the charts, I tend to wake up at intervals in the night to see what it’s doing. I should be embarrassed to admit that, but I’m admitting it anyway. I’m very childlike about it. I get excited, and I don’t want to miss a thing.
4. What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
Gosh, that’s hard. Because I spend so much time on social media, on my blog, emailing with readers… it’s hard to imagine what I might be holding back.
Some people might be surprised to know that I still wince deeply at any negative comment in a review, and it takes a while to let it go. In my head I’m very circumspect. I know no book can be all things to all people, and I accept that. But I think being the best writer you can be involves caring very deeply about how the work is received. Nine out of ten comments are great, so why is it the tenth that always sticks? Part of human nature, I suppose.
It might also surprise people to know that I have a silly sense of humor. I still like to watch the old Looney Toons cartoons and I love Lucy. I laugh out loud at things a lot of people would consider hopelessly outdated or too broad.
5. What is your writing process?
It is whatever it wants to be. When the work is there, and ready, I am its slave. I can’t turn it on, I can’t make it be ready, I can just encourage it by being there to type it all out when it comes around. In other words, my writing process tells me what to do, and I do it. Happily and gratefully.
About the Author:
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the bestselling author of twenty-seven published and forthcoming books. Some of her recent books include The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me with You, Where We Belong, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her short stories have been published in Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun. She has received numerous awards, including the Rainbow Award and the British Book Award. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into twenty-three languages. Hyde is the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
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