Interview with Anya Mora, Author of Tuesday’s Child
07 Jan 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Tuesday’s Child?
Tuesday’s Child is a psychological suspense — lots of twists and surprises. However, what sets it apart is the main character, Emery. As a wife and mother she tells us the story of the unraveling of her family – and her desperate desire to piece it back together. Her daughter has been murdered and her newly adopted son is the prime suspect.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I am moved by stories of complicated families and broken relationships. Kind of dark — but something we can all relate to on some level. As a mother myself, I began thinking about my worst nightmares, and I teased one of those out in Tuesday’s Child.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Can I do my top 5 for this year? All time is too hard!
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Conviction by Denise Mina
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The One by John Mars
Deep River by Karl Marlantes
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I am a plotter and love to outline … but the part I love most is when I am deep into a scene and lose myself in the world completely. It’s the closest thing to time travel in the world.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m a mom with six kids — my life is full! I usually get them off for the day and then take my coffee, with my springer spaniel trailing me, into my 1967 Aristocrat travel trailer where I sit down to write until they return from school!
What scene in Tuesday’s Child was your favorite to write?
There were lots of scenes that were hard to write. I grew my family by birth and older child adoption so many parts of this novel are laced with personal memories. But one of my favorites is near the end of the novel, in a flashback, when Emery is at the kitchen table with her children making costumes. The conversation they have brings happy tears to my eyes. Even though they were going through so much, their growing love for one another was central.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I love this one: Love Rewards The Brave. Life is messy, complicated, and tricky— there is no getting around that. But love rewards the brave every. single. time.
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