Letâ€™s give quick thanks for Kyra Davis as she is going to guest here at my blog today so I can continue to futz around with these TGWSS edits. You may remember Kyra who once dropped in to talk about her Sophie Katz Mysteries.
Now she is back to answer three Qâ€™s about a book that seems a little more personal â€¦ So Much for My Happy Ending.
Itâ€™s the story of 26 year old April, who thinks that everything in her life is finally falling into place when her boyfriend of three months proposes. Between her flaky, tree-hugging mother and her she-devil boss, marriage seems like the place she'll find love and security. But soon after they're married, Tad's crazy, extravagant gestures are starting to look less romantic and moreâ€¦well, just plain crazy. Are you still supposed to stand by your man, even if it turns out he isn't who you thought he was? Sometimes you have to figure out how to write your own happy endingâ€¦
The Boston Globe says, â€œKyra Davis brings insight and energy to "So Much for My Happy Ending,"â€¦In April, Davis has created a narrator with a sensitive, honest, engaging voice.â€
JJ: What do you think of your cover and how does it compare to the cover you imagined when you were writing the book?
KD: Iâ€™m actually thinking of asking my publisher to send me one of the posters of the cover so I can hang it on my wall. Itâ€™s that beautiful and it captures the essence of the book perfectly. The wedding bouquet with the focus being on the thornsâ€”itâ€™s poignant, powerful and yet somehow gentle and feminine.
Of course it doesnâ€™t compare with the cover I imagined when writing the book because I didnâ€™t imagine a cover. I am the least visual person in the world. Seriously, I donâ€™t remember faces, I donâ€™t care what my house looks like and I canâ€™t draw. But I can remember every word of a conversation I had 10-15 years ago and I can pick the perfect song for any occasionâ€”go figure.
JJ: Who did you dedicate this book to and why?
KD: This book is a fictionalized autobiography. Like my protagonist, I married a man who turned out to be bipolar and like Aprilâ€™s husband Tad, my ex self-destructed in a rather spectacular way, leaving me with a huge mess to clean up. It was a scary and stressful time and I donâ€™t think I could have gotten through it if it wasnâ€™t for my friends. Thatâ€™s why I dedicated it to them.
JJ:How true to life is this book?
KD: Very few events chronicled in this book actually happened but I have had a parallel experience to almost every situation I put April (my protagonist) in. I to a marriage proposal before I was ready, I adored the way my then-fiancÃ©e was protective of me without being possessive. I saw flashes of my partnerâ€™s dark sign but, unable to reconcile them with the rest of his personality, deliberately chose to over look them and of course I eventually discovered that my husband was suffering from a sever mental illness and had been lying to me about almost everything. And like April I got through it.
This book is for all the other Aprils out there. I want to let them know that they can get through it too.