Interview with Laurie Stolarz, author of Return to the Dark House
03 Sep 2015
Tell us a little bit about your new release, Return to the Dark House.
In the first book, WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, we learn that Ivy’s parents were tragically murdered several years ago. Ivy was home at the time and saw the killer’s face. Ever since, she’s feared that the killer will one day come back for her. It’s become a real source of paranoia: She thinks she sees his face while walking in town; any weird phone calls or hang-ups she receives, she thinks are from him; she’s become a regular at the police station, reporting any and all irregularities in her life. She knows she can’t go on living this way, and so instead of trying to lay her fears to rest by squelching them, she faces them head on. She enters a contest: submit your worst nightmare for the chance to meet a famed movie director/writer/producer and see his confidential new project. Ivy is one of the seven winners chosen, the result of which isn’t at all what she expects. I don’t want to give too much away, but despite more tragedy – and seeing more loved ones getting hurt – Ivy picks herself up yet again in RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE to face her fears and do the right thing.
Do you listen to anything while you write? If so, what’s your audio of choice?
When writing, I only listen to music if I need to get into a particular mood to write a scene, in which case it’s usually angst-filled love songs. Otherwise, I find music distracting while writing.
Do you have a favorite spot in Boston (food, park, rooftop – anywhere)? Why do you love it?
On the massage table at the G2O spa: Best. Massages. Ever. Plus they have a lovely rooftop deck. Otherwise, I love sitting in the Public Garden, window-shopping on Newbury Street, and lunching at Life Alive in Cambridge (the Green Goddess wrap and Carrot Cake Alive are my favorites).
Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Hmmm… Would you be surprised that I’m a big Gary Zukav fan and that I have all his books? I find his teachings and philosophies fascinating and inspiring. Would you also be surprised to find that I have a large collection of vegan cookbooks? I love cookbooks with lots of colorful pictures (my version of eye candy, complete with two-page spreads) and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to make healthy food taste good.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
Spending time with friends – laughing, talking, reminiscing, relating. I’m also lucky enough to live by the ocean. I love going for walks on the beach, watching the sunset, having dinner with friends by the water.
Important question. Favorite of the Real Housewives? Why?
Yolanda Foster. I’m fascinated by her lemon groves, her custom-designed see-through fridge, her herbal remedies, and her walk-in closet. I love her taste – from her fashion sense to the place card settings on her dinner table. Now that I think of it, she should really have her own fashion and design show. I’d definitely tune in.
What’s your favorite line from Return to the Dark House?
“I’m stronger than my fears, bigger than this moment. What I need to accomplish is more important than being scared.”
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Never make assumptions.
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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.