Julie Buxbaum, the lawyer turned bestselling writer, is following the success of her critically acclaimed book The Opposite of Love with the highly anticipated title, After You. Her sophomore novel, due out August 25th is already getting high praises, and if her debut novel is any indication, you wont be disappointed.
I had always dreamed about one day writing a book, but it took me feeling unfulfilled as a lawyer to consider pursuing writing professionally. I think until then I had been too scared to even try it. But after I quit my job as a litigator, I sat down to start The Opposite of Love and became immediately hooked on the writing life. Now, I can’t ever imagine giving it up.
If you could, what kind of advice would you give aspiring writers? What was the hardest part of writing a book? The easiest?
I think it’s essential to read anything and everything you can get your hands on, and to read not only widely but critically. The most important thing though is to sit down every day and actually write. Writing a novel can be torture some days, and pure bliss the next. But I think the hardest part is when you think about the enormity of the project. I imagine it’s like running a marathon (which, for the record, is something I’ve never done.) You can’t think about the 26 miles you need to run, you just need to focus on the quarter mile in front of you. Eventually, the pages add up.
There isn’t a real life Emily, though we do share enough biographical details in common that people often assume I’m her. But before I protest too much, I’m not Emily, I swear. I think the key to writing any character driven fiction is to fully know your character before you start writing, and let them lead the way. Once I knew and understood Emily–her thoughts, her motivations, her neurosis, etc–the writing was easy (or, at least, a lot easier!)
Your next book, After You, will be released on August 25th. What should readers expect to see?