Kathy Ebel is a screenwriter, essayist, blogger and native New Yorker. Claudia Silver to the Rescue is her debut novel and we are delighted to host her on Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm for her book launch. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
1. Fictional character you admire?
Daisy Summerfield, the eponymous main character in the YA novel Daisy Summerfield's Style by M.B. Goffstein, that I devoured regularly in the early 1980's. Daisy heads to NYC in 1959 with matching Samsonite luggage, meets a bohemian girl on the train, switches luggage tags, and reinvents herself as a Greenwich Village sculptress in no time. Instead of an engagement ring, the happy ending is gallery representation.
2. Favorite LA destination?
It's a 3-way: the cove at the southern tip of Point Dume beach, Din Tai Fung restaurant, Pasquale Shoe Repair.
3. Who are your literary influences?
Edith Wharton, Dawn Powell ("The Powell," the tell-tale Greenwich Village apartment building in Claudia Silver to the Rescue, is named in her honor), Joan Didion, Lore Segal, Michael Chabon, Nora Ephron and Stephen Sondheim. The paintings of Florine Stettheimer, Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and films of Wes Anderson have also been major.
4. Your desert island book?
The Kidpower Hour. That's the novel I'm writing now. I hope my island has WiFi.
5. Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less)
In early ‘90s NYC, the biggest mistake Claudia Silver ever makes is the best thing that ever happened to her. With a beat you can dance to.