Even though Lynda Rutledge’s book launch party for Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) was on April 30 at BookPeople, I’m declaring her my author of the month for May. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Bass, Texas, yet, get thee to your nearest bookstore and snag a copy. Lynda’s debut novel is a gem –– or as author Jenny Wingfield says, “It knocked my socks off!” Indeed. (And if you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day present, well now…)
Lynda graciously answered some questions about Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale, writing, inspiration, and Antiques Roadshow. Here is Part I of our blog interview (should we call that a “blinterview”?!) –– tune in next Thursday for Part II.
I had this idea years and years go…and had to grow into it. My mom, who had a rambling old two-story house full to busting with stuff that five kids left behind, started having garage sales a few years after I finished college. I found this out, living thousands of miles away by that time, when she called to tell me she’d sold my long-forgotten stash of comic books yellowing in the back of one of the house’s old closets for a dime apiece (my dad owned a drugstore so I had hundreds). It was an inexplicably sad moment. Then I remember laughing at myself, surprised by my hurt feelings. Why was I so attached to those old things? But I was.
About that same time I heard that the first Superman comic book went for a million dollars and that, as you might imagine, had me feeling really sad — sad I didn’t have THAT comic book. Then I began watching PBS’ series Antiques Continue reading