1. Tell us about you and your book –
I’m a neuroscientist turned novelist, and the stories I write portray people with neurological conditions who are misunderstood, feared, or ignored. My newest book, Love Anthony, is about the intersecting journeys of two women and what they learn through the life of a boy with autism, one rediscovering herself and the kind of love she’s capable of and the other finding peace in the realization that the love and connection she felt for her autistic son mattered.
2. How do you find time to “do it all”?
I don’t! Truly. And this is a conscious decision, to not do it all. I have three children (ages 12, 4, and 2), a husband, a house, a book deadline, and at times like now, a book tour. Each day I make deliberate choices in an effort to stay in balance and sane, and this always means leaving many, many things undone. When I’m not on book tour, I typically write in the morning (8-12) and go to yoga at noon. I’m home with the kids from 1:00 on. I don’t talk on the phone much (and never in the car). I usually don’t answer any work-related emails on the weekends (this begins Friday at 5 pm). The house is not as neat and clean as I’d like it to be, the garage is embarrassingly disorganized, the local burrito place makes our dinners a couple of nights a week, and I can only hope to paint the baby’s bedroom before she’s out of diapers. Although my philosophy is to say ‘yes’ whenever possible, I also know it’s sometimes necessary to say ‘no,’ which means I decline book event opportunities if it means being away from my family and real life for too many days. My days are full and fulfilling because I purposely don’t do it all. At the end of the day, I’ll always choose to sit on the couch with my husband and a Moscow Mule than clean the garage.
3. Do you have pets? Tell us your favorite pet story!
4. What would you tell your 17 year old self if you could?
Hang in there, keep doing what you’re doing. And dance more.
5. Describe yourself in only 3 words.
Curious. Fearless. Learning.
6. It is 9 pm on a typical weekday evening. Where are you and what are you doing?
Our oldest child has just gone to bed. My husband and I are sitting on the couch, talking about the day.
7. Why did you take on this project? Does it hold special meaning for you?
The book comes from a deeply personal place. My cousin Tracey and I were both pregnant in 2000. She had twins, a boy and a girl, and I had a girl. We became new mothers at the same time, and it drew us close. Our children are twelve now. Her beautiful son, Anthony, has autism, and he still doesn’t speak. I wrote this book for her.
Author interview of Lisa Genova on her book, Love Anthony provided by Lisa Sweet Book This! Inc.