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Wave in D Minor by Laury A. Egan

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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Laury! Thanks for popping in to tell us about Wave in D Minor.

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

LAE: Leslie Chase, a young composer, receives the use of an ocean-side Maine house from her patron so she may complete her first opera. As Leslie battles loneliness and winter snowstorms, she meets a handsome but troubled man, Matti, and becomes enmeshed with him and his enigmatic relationship with her benefactor. When three opera singers visit, one of them, Sasha, begins to flirt with her, evoking Leslie’s sexual ambivalence and traumatic memories of an affair between her mother and another woman that inspired the choice of her opera’s subject—the relationships of Vita Sackville-West with Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf. As the emotional spaces between the characters compress, mysteries are exposed that lead to violent conflict.

JH: What inspired you to write Wave in D Minor?

LAE: Although the book is for non-opera lovers as well as those enjoy opera and classical music, I wanted to describe the creative process and the solitariness that is often inherent with following a creative life. The setting–Maine coast in winter–added to the bleakness, which, in turn led to suspense.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

LAE: I began writing at age seven (poetry) and have always felt that it was my life’s chosen calling. I love how an idea arrives and a plot and characters are revealed.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

LAE: I have my “big” novel being published September 2022, “Once, Upon an Island,” and several projects under consideration with publishers. Currently, I’m working on “Jack & I,” a novel about a teenage boy who suffers from dissociative personality disorder. A real challenge!

JH: How can readers contact you?

Laury A. Egan


Laury A. Egan is the author of two YA novels, “The Outcast Oracle” (a Kirkus Reviews “Best Book of 2013”) and “Turnabout;” “Fog and Other Stories;” three psychological suspenses, “Jenny Kidd,” “A Bittersweet Tale,” and “Doublecrossed;” a comedy, “Fabulous! An Opera Buffa;” a mystery/romance, “The Ungodly Hour,” a literary work with magical realism, “The Swimmer,” and a literary suspense, “Wave in D Minor.” Four limited-edition poetry volumes have been published: “Snow, Shadows, a Stranger;” “Beneath the Lion’s Paw;” “The Sea & Beyond;” and “Presence & Absence.” For many years, she worked as a senior designer and administrator for Princeton University Press. Eighty-five of her stories and poems have appeared in literary journals.

JH: Thanks, Laury! You are welcome to visit Books By My Friends anytime. We’d love to hear more about Once Upon an Island when it’s available.

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