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Dave Laura Dave, author of The First Husband, is the author of The Divorce Party and London Is the Best City in America. She has contributed to The New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, Self, Ladies' Home Journal, and NPR's All Things Considered. A New York Native, she now lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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An Interview with Laura Dave:

1. What was your biggest childhood ambition?
It was a tight tie between being a writer and being a singer.  After my turn in South Pacific at camp, the second dream was sadly squelched.

2. What is your fondest memory?
My 9th birthday.  Dinner with my family at Vincent's. It was like many other nights, and yet it somehow stands out for me.

3. What did you do for fun as a child?
I read everything I could get my hands on, played soccer and softball, danced.

4. What was your worst job?
Too many to count!  I had 13 jobs while I was working on my first novel. One involved a very short tenure at a large retail clothing store.  I made it through one shift.

5. If you had another occupation than the one you are in now, what would it be?
A music supervisor for a television show. I love music.  Doing this playlist for The Times was a highlight of my writing career so far.

6. What inspired you to write?
My father. He read to me every night when I was a child and it made me fall in love with books.

7. What was your biggest challenge when writing this book?
The Divorce Party tells the story from two points of a view-- a woman at the beginning of her marriage, and a woman at the end.  Balancing those viewpoints was a real challenge in the best way.

8. What do you dislike about writing?
Starting. Once I'm in it, there is nothing better.

9. What book are you reading now?
Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper.  Tropper is one of my favorite writers.  It's my second time reading this novel of his.

10. Where is your favorite place to write?
A coffee shop, in a corner table, listening to good music.

11. If your best friend was a celebrity, living or dead, who would it be?
Nora Ephron. Her writing is wise and funny and brutally honest.  All qualities I value in a friend...

Copyright © 2009 Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party.