Monday, April 8, 2013

Author Feature: Day in the Life of Anita Hughes

I'm so excited about today's guest on the blog.  Today I have Anita Hughes sharing what day in her life is like with us.  I hope you all enjoy this great post. 

 A Day In the Life by Anita Hughes

     My son used to laugh and say I lived my whole without leaving my freeway exit. I like routine and am generally perfectly happy with a day plotted like a geometric shape: drive the children from points A to B, shop for groceries at point C, drive to after school activities at points D and E, and then home to begin the same routine all over again.

     When I started writing seriously, my day got smaller and bigger at the same time. I spend most of my time hunched over my computer but suddenly I am transported to San Francisco or Lake Como or to a gorgeous resort on the California coastline. For someone who doesn't have the time or resources to travel, writing is the perfect escape. Once you start tapping on the keyboard you can be anywhere. I sometimes look up at lunchtime and can't remember exactly where I am - am I in Fenton's Department Store sniffing expensive perfume or am I sitting at my desk looking at stale coffee?  

     Last week, I embarked on a short book tour for the release of Market Street. We flew to San Francisco and I did events at some wonderful independent book stores. It was a thrill to stand in the middle of Union Square and look at the stores and landmarks I had been writing about in my novel, MARKET STREET. For a moment I envied the tourists who stroll through Chinatown and take the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf. What a wonderful way to spend your day - exploring new places, eating new foods, seeing art and museums and beautiful stores.

     But last night we returned from our trip and I am sitting alone with my computer and my cup of coffee and I couldn't be happier. As a writer, I can go where ever I like, and hopefully take my readers with me. My days may consist of simple routines, but my horizons are limitless!

From the author of Monarch Beach comes a delicious story of a department store heiress, her messy marriage, and her passion for food. Cassie Blake, heiress to Fenton's, San Francisco's most exclusive department store, has been married to Aidan, a handsome UC Berkeley professor, for ten years. But when she discovers Aidan allowed himself to be seduced by one of his students, she moves into the third floor of her best friend Alexis's Presidio Heights mansion. Aided by the hilarious and high-spirited Alexis, Cassie has to decide if she can forgive Aidan and give their marriage one more chance. Saving her marriage is not the only choice Cassie has to make. Cassie's mother is eager to have her oversee Fenton's new Food Emporium, destined to be San Francisco's hottest gourmet shopping destination. Her true passion has always been food, and Cassie suspects her mother might be trying to lure her into the Fenton's fold by entrusting her with such an exciting opportunity. And then there is James, the architect designing the Emporium, who is quietly falling in love with her. Filled with delicious descriptions of high fashion, gourmet food and the City by the Bay, Market Street is a rewarding treat that will linger long after its surprising and satisfying finish.

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a B.A. in English from Bard College and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in English and Creative Writing program. Her debut novel, MONARCH BEACH, will be published by St. Martin's Press in June 2012. A second novel, MARKET STREET, will be released in early 2013.

I hope you all enjoyed this great post, I know I did.  Thanks so much Anita for writing up this great post for us and sharing your day with us.

I will be posting my review of Market Street later on this month so make sure you keep an eye out for that.  I hope you all have a great day today and as always...


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