Q&A with Laura Hankin, author of "Summertime Girls"

We're very excited to say that Laura Hankin will be coming in to sign some copies of her new book, The Summertime Girls! The book will be release on August 4th, but while you wait, check out our Q&A with Laura below.

The Summertime Girls Synopsis:

When two lifelong friends reunite for one more summer in small-town Maine, they must bridge the gap caused by the dreams and secrets that tore them apart
Ally Morris and Beth Abbott were beyond inseparable. From the very first time they met, the girls knew they d found a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But sometimes, life can t help but get in the way.
As time goes by, disappointments and petty resentments begin to alter what they once thought was forever. Ally's boho lifestyle leaves her drowning in confusion and cheap whisky, while a terrible secret threatens to shatter Beth's carefully controlled world. By the time they need each other most, Ally and Beth are nearly strangers to each other.

When a family crisis prompts Beth to contact Ally for help out of the blue, the girls reunite in Maine. But the distance between them is overwhelming. To save their friendship, Ally and Beth will have to confront painful moments in their past and redefine who they are before their incredible connection fades away for good

1) How did you come to write The Summertime Girls

I'd moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actor. After a couple years of discouraging auditions and day jobs that didn't let me use my brain, I felt like I'd shrivel up into an unhappy raisin unless I found a creative outlet, and fast. In the wake of a break-up, I was appreciating the importance of my female friendships anew, even as I struggled to redefine some of them now that we were all out of college and trying to become adults (whatever that means...) All of these factors came together into the idea to write The Summertime Girls. It's nice when you can put your angst and confusion to good use.

2) What are you currently reading?
I JUST finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I know there's some post-apocalyptic-fiction fatigue going around, but I'd highly recommend this one. It explores the role of the arts in a time when most people are concerned with simple survival, and plays with non-linear structure in really interesting ways, and is heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. 

3) Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why? 

The first book that comes to mind is I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, about a girl coming of age while living in a decaying castle with her family in 1930s England. It has one of the most vivid and charming protagonists I've ever encountered, and makes me feel warm all over. If you're having a bad day, you should read it. If you're having a good day, you should read it. Basically, if you're alive, you should read it.

4) Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?

Jonathan Franzen's new book, Purity!

5) What's next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?

After I finish typing this, I'm going to read through a (very rough, recently completed) draft of my second novel, about a young woman who finds her dead mother's journal. So we shall see how that goes!