The Bones Of You by Laura Stone
Oliver Andrews was wholly focused on the final stages of his education at Cambridge University when a well-meaning friend up-ended his world with a simple email attachment: a clip from a U.S. morning show.
The moment he watches the video of his one-time love Seth Larsen, now a Broadway star, Oliver must begin making a series of choices that could lead him back to love—or break his heart.
The Bones of You is full of laughter and tears, with a collection of irritated Hungarians, flirtatious Irishwomen, and actors abusing Shakespeare that color Oliver and Seth’s attempts at reconciliation.
Oliver fumbled with his smartphone and pulled up his email. He tapped on the video link in Gus’s message and handed the phone over. It wasn’t easy to hear over the din of the crowd, but she’d get the idea well enough. “Wait for the hosts to stop talking. That’s him.”
Moira held the phone close, her head cocked to pick up the sound over the bar’s noise. Oliver watched her face, not the video. Her eyes widened as Seth began to sing, and after a moment she was smiling, entranced.
“Yeah, he has a tendency to do that to people,” Oliver said softly, taking a long drink.
“Hmm?” She could barely tear her eyes away from the performance to respond.
He toyed with the coaster under his beer as she finished watching the clip. She exhaled loudly and handed him back his phone. “You knew this bloke?”
“Knew him? Um, intimately. That’s rude; I’m sorry.”
She cackled. “And here I was wondering if you were a monk.”
Where does your inspiration come from?
From everything around me, really. I love to people-watch, love to imagine what the lives are of the folks around me as they wait in line, wonder about the girl behind the cash register and what she’s really like away from her job, curious about the older couple holding hands as they walk past me and what their lives have been like. And then… I want to write it out.
Would you ever want to change genre’s and if so what would you like to experiment with?
I love writing romance so much, but I do know that I have other stories to tell, as well. I’d love to write about the amazing love between sisters. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at psychological horror, and dystopian worlds have always been a favorite of mine, so maybe I can work all three into a book some day!
Are your characters/ideas drawn from people that you know personally in any way?
Oh, without question, ha! I’ve known some characters in my life…. I don’t lift whole cloth–where would the fun be in that?–but there most certainly are character traits or actual events that were too good not to recycle or re-imagine in some way.
Where would you like to be in 10 years with life or career?
Working on my tenth novel! And if that happens to be in a cliff-side villa in Chile, well, I won’t say boo to that, either.
What book or books are you reading now?
I’m re-reading a classic, one I think everyone should read at some point in their life, The Handmaid’s Tale by the fantastic Margaret Atwood. The other book is by a terrific world-builder, Jeff Vandermeer called Annihilation, and joy of joys, it’s a trilogy!
What do you do with your free-time when you are not writing or brain-storming?
If I’m not kid-wrangling, I’m usually out in my garden. I’m a Master Gardener and being outside with my hands dirty and back aching is just about the best place for me. Especially if there’s a cold margarita waiting for me at the end of a long workday.
What is your fondest memory from childhood that left an impact on your life?
Without question the best moments of my childhood were the summers my sisters and I spent at my grandma’s farm up in the mountains. My grandma was such a patient and loving woman, always eager to teach us new things, never teased us for not being immediately proficient, and loved to listen to us talk. She was a story collector, and passed that love of listening to other people’s stories on to me.
A life-long fan girl, Laura Stone takes a leave of absence from the glamorous life of motherhood while the kids were in school, devoting her days to writing full-time. In the past she’s worn the hat of actress, Master Gardener, and computer geek, but now sticks mostly to a Texas Ranger’s ball cap as she raises her children. They’re not fully raised, but then again, she would say that she isn’t either.
She began telling stories to her parents at the age of four. She was so successful in catching her parent’s attention that her father actually dislocated his back, trying not to sit on her imaginary cat, Doka.
She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not totally populated by hard-line right-wingers—and because that’s where the good tamales are from.
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