Interview with Abria Mattina, author of Love Among Pigeons

Publication Date: August 23, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn't so reluctant to talk about it.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

After I released ‘Wake’, I received a lot of requests for a prequel. I started toying with ideas for a prequel back in 2011, but I wasn't feeling it. So much of Willa and Jem’s pre-Wake story is discussed in the book anyway, so rehashing it seemed moot. I saved the drafts, though, and a few bits and pieces made their way into ‘Love Among Pigeons’ when I decided to write a story that focused on Willa’s family.

Willa’s brother Frank has always been my favorite character, but he didn't get a lot of page space in Wake. ‘Love Among Pigeons’ is his story -- the Kirk family’s story, really.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

Writing ‘Love Among Pigeons’ was a relaxing process. I started working on it when I needed to take short breaks from another manuscript I’m working on, and eventually it took on a life of its own. It felt good to revisit these characters again. I haven’t worked with them since I wrapped up Wake. Because I didn't have a particular deadline in mind and it was just a “for fun” project at first, the process was very liberating and enjoyable.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing is the drop in self-confidence that hits around a certain point in the process. It’s the moment when you start to doubt the premise, the style, the overall merit of the work. It helps to have good critique partners who can provide honest feedback and keep your spirits up.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I can’t write unless my back is to a wall, or if my writing is somehow sheltered. People reading over my shoulder is my biggest pet peeve, and it’s even worse when I’m working on something that isn’t ready to be shared yet.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I think this is it for Willa and Jem, but I’m at work on two other novels (one historical fiction and the other paranormal). I just need to make the most of every free second to write.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I’m always reading at least five books. At the moment I’m reading ‘If You Could Be Mine’ by Name Farzai.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

Good news for audiobook lovers: Wake will be released as an audiobook this Fall! I’ve been posting updates throughout the process on my website, so come check it out if you’re interested in the audiobook or in the process of having one made.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I have synaesthesia, which allows me to read in color and see sound.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

When I started doing promo for this companion novella, I realized how often book lovers have been burned by publishers who release companion “novellas” that are really short stories and don’t add anything to the body of work. I felt sort of compelled to apologize on behalf of the writing/publishing community. That must be my Canadian showing. The only thing I can do is be honest about what ‘Love Among Pigeons’ is -- it’s an actual novella-length work, and it does add to the world of Jem and Willa from Wake. I promise.

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