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Interview and giveaway: No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Ann-Marie Casey

April 11, 2014

No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

To celebrate the paperback release of No One Could Have Guessed the Weather, I’m thrilled to welcome Anne-Marie Casey here to answer a few questions!

Are any of the four main characters in the novel based on you? Are any based on other people that you know?

The inspiration for No One Could Have Guessed the Weather was the time I spent living in Manhattan with my family. So, yes, I was inspired to write by my experiences there, and I knew the stories would feel more authentic if I used specific situations and feelings that happened to me. I also “magpie’d” incidents that friends described, or suggested to me as material, but I was EXTREMELY careful during the writing to make sure that the women in the book did not share recognizable characteristics within anyone I know!

Just like Lucy, I had a notebook in which I wrote ideas and incidents and stuck in pictures from magazines, or photographs I took, and almost without realizing it, I was creating a character and writing the first chapter. But the similarity between me and Lucy begins and ends with the geographical situation we both found ourselves in. In the same way, I used my previous career in the high-octane world of series TV as the background and story line for Julia, but we are very different people.

This is a rather convoluted way of saying that not one of the four main characters is me, although I share some history or characteristics with all of them—“Madame Bovary, c’est moi,” as the genius novelist Gustave Flaubert famously said!

You, like Lucy, moved to New York City from a different country. What did you use from your experience in the novel?

Two things: first, the sense of physical journey to a new place and the practical effects that had on my life. My husband and I moved with our two small kids to Manhattan the year I turned forty and, like Lucy, I found myself pushing a double stroller round the East Village, fighting up and down subway steps, and battling down crowded, noisy Avenues in the pouring rain. Of course, there were days when I longed for the peace and space of our home near the sea in Ireland.

Second, the spiritual journey the move took me on. I had visited, and worked in, New York on and off since my late teens, but spending that time with my family in such an invigorating, if often extreme, place, was a transformative experience. It was a jolt that helped me “pole vault” the rubicon of my fortieth birthday, and encouraged me to take risks with my career. New York is a hard city, but it is a magical place, built on the hope of generations of immigrants, and, if you allow it, it will wake you up to all sorts of new possibilities.

I certainly would not have written the book if we hadn’t lived there; Lucy would never have started writing herself.

About the book:

Sometimes what you want in your twenties isn’t what you want or need in your forties….

When Lucy’s husband loses his job, she is forced to give up her posh life and move their family to a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where he has managed to secure a lowly position. Lucy soon finds herself living in the epicenter of cool and hip. Across from their apartment is a bar called PDT—when Lucy passes by she thinks, “Please Don’t Tell anyone I’m a middle-aged woman.”

Homesick and resentful at first, Lucy soon embarks on the love affair of her life—no, not with her husband (though they’re both immensely relieved to discover they do love each other for richer or poorer), but with New York City and the three women she befriends.

There’s Julia, who is basically branded with a Scarlett A when she leaves her husband and kids for a mini nervous breakdown and a room of her own; Christy, the trophy wife of a much older successful man, who is a bit adrift as only those who live high up in penthouses can be; and disheveled and harried Robyn, who is constantly compensating for her husband who can’t seem to make the transition from wunderkind to adult.

Spot-on observant, laugh-out-loud funny, yet laced with kindness through and through, No One Could Have Guessed the Weather is what happens when you grow up and realize the middle part of your story might just be your beginning.

To enter to win NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED THE WEATHER by Ann-Marie Casey, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only– one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.Contest ends at midnight EST Sunday, April 20, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2014 6:50 am

    This sounds very good, and I love that it came from the author’s own experiences!

  2. April 11, 2014 6:59 am

    Great interview! I really liked this book and hope you get a lot of takers for the giveaway.

  3. April 11, 2014 7:43 am

    I enjoyed your post, I particularly liked her comment about using a notebook to jot ideas and put in photos and pictures that would inspire her characters. I have this book on my TBR pile, but you just moved it up.

  4. April 11, 2014 7:58 am

    Thank you for the post.

  5. April 11, 2014 9:32 am

    Thanks for your wonderful post! I am excited to look for this new-to-me title!

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 11, 2014 10:30 am

    I don’t recall hearing about this book until today, but I’ve already added it to my list!

  7. April 11, 2014 9:17 pm

    I love New York and this looks like a great celebration of the city.

  8. April 11, 2014 9:58 pm

    I’m excited to hear about this book. It is a new to me title, but I love the cover and your interview was great.

  9. Patty permalink
    April 11, 2014 10:14 pm

    I read this and loved it!

  10. April 11, 2014 10:27 pm

    this one sounds delicious! I haven’t heard of this one yet but definitely adding it to my hurry up and find and read list! thank you for the wonderful giveaway as well!

  11. April 13, 2014 8:14 pm

    I remember hearing about this book when it first came out in hardback – thanks for featuring this book and the author!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:23 pm

    I bet I’ll really enjoy this one. Too many books, too little time.

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