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Courtney Maum

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Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), and the handbook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, out now from Catapult. Her writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Poets & Writers. She is the founder of the collaborative retreat program, The Cabins, and she also has a writing-advice newsletter, “Get Published, Stay Published,” that you can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com

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Courtney Maum Thank you so, so much Stephanie—what an encouraging note to read. Sometimes when I'm writing, I imagine myself, quite literally, in the shoes of the c…moreThank you so, so much Stephanie—what an encouraging note to read. Sometimes when I'm writing, I imagine myself, quite literally, in the shoes of the characters. I might stand up and actually act out how a character would respond to something with both his/her body and voice which helps me (sometimes!) to get the emotions right. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! (less)
Courtney Maum Tough question! I'm intrigued by social fractures: the point at which a relationship begins to fray. Unsteady ground is also very interesting to me: c…moreTough question! I'm intrigued by social fractures: the point at which a relationship begins to fray. Unsteady ground is also very interesting to me: characters who are walking on egg shells for some reason. I also love absurdity, especially when it's commonplace. When something totally ridiculous and unexpected happens, especially when it happens at an inopportune time, I want to describe that, and the reactions such an event incurs. For example, at my grandmother's funeral, pieces of the ceiling plaster started peeling off while my sister was singing a special song. These pieces started falling on people in the pews. It was hilarious and heartbreaking-- like life!(less)
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“You love people. They disappoint you. But sometimes, they don’t. They just keep loving you, right through it all, waiting for you to wake up and appreciate them. To say, “I love you. I’ve always loved you back.”
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“I fell asleep smiling, fully at ease with the ludicrous prospect of spending the rest of my life with this one, single person. It's not quite right what they say: love doesn't make you blind, it makes you optimistic.”
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“Paris at night is a street show of a hundred moments you might have lived.”
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