Interview with Isabel Jolie, Author of Lost on the Way
22 Sep 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Lost on the Way?
Lost on the Way is a different take on the friends to lovers trope. Jason and Maggie have been friends for years, but their relationship has become unhealthy and toxic. The two struggle with how to adjust as their relationship evolves and as they face the changes they individually must make.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading Reckless Kiss by Amelia Wilde and Waiting for Max by Ella Jade will be my next read. Both are on my phone. I do have a Kindle reader, but read almost everything on my phone. That’s probably why I’m slowly going blind.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Don’t stress over all the little stuff. Focus on the long-term, because you’re barely going to remember all the things that have you worked up right now. College is going to be a blast, and when you make it to your twenties, those are the years that will be everything. Oh, and don’t bother spending money on getting that film developed. Save your money for a day when you need it (cause it’s coming). You’ll lose all those photos anyway and in about fifty percent of them the flash didn’t work.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Going for a walk or reading. Or playing a game with my family.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
My daughters and my husband. Or at least, right now my world revolves around them, my core family unit. Watching my daughters grow up and evolve, seeing them happy… well, their happiness brings me joy.
What scene in Lost on the Way was your favorite to write?
Maggie and Jason exit his office after an intimate interaction that shocked and blew Jason’s mind. In his office, she unexpectedly fulfilled a fantasy he’d had for years. And at first, he’s blown away, but then when they exit, they’re holding hands and he freezes, overwhelmed by emotions. He’s once again crossed the line and he sees how Maggie is interpreting it. They run into his colleague and Maggie carries on an entire conversation that he’s present for, but he doesn’t absorb. He focuses on his physical symptoms and wonders if he’s getting sick and he spirals down the mental rabbit hole.
Later, we see the whole scene from Maggie’s point of view and it’s so clear the two had completely different perspectives on the discussion in the hall and what happened.
I think that kind of thing happens a lot in life and I loved how this hall scene reveals how different their two perspectives of the same event are.
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