Joanne DeMaio on “Whole Latte Life”

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

My novel WHOLE LATTE LIFE was published in March 2012.


What’s the book’s first line?

Rachel checks her watch again, she can’t help it, she’s so hungry.

What’s the book about?  Give us the “pitch.”

In her fortieth year, Sara Beth Riley walks out of her life to find herself again.  Moving from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England town, WHOLE LATTE LIFE is a story that looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love.

What inspired you to write the book?  A particular person?  An event?

Real-life provides my best writing inspiration.  A few years ago, several friends planned weekend outings to New York City.  So I thought that this type of outing with friends in the city would resonate with women readers.  They are filled with drama and plotting possibilities.  Now it was up to me to find the “what-if” scenario.  And that was:  What would happen if your best friend suddenly disappeared on a girls’ weekend out?  That question launched my novel.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

Sara Beth explores the notion of walking out of one’s life to start over again.  She’s distinctive in that she faces a fear and lives it out fully, on the page, exploring the answer to a question women might only wonder about.

A few summers ago my family and I saw Stevie Nicks perform at Jones Beach on Long Island, at a 15,000 seat amphitheater on the sea.  Before singing Landslide, she told us how she wrote the song during a very low time.  Indecision riddled her personal life and her stalled career, especially since the record label dropped Fleetwood Mac that same year.  Nicks told us that if she wasn’t in the music business, she would have become a teacher.  So, like with Sara Beth, being at a personal pivot point inspired defining decisions.  There’s a little bit of Stevie in Sara and here’s why:  Both women, real and fictional, chose a difficult road without looking back to live the life they loved.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

If you’re looking to celebrate the bonds of friendship, if you’re looking to redefine your life, if you’re looking to escape to a seaside cottage, if you’re looking to fall in love.  If you’re looking to experience all the blended moments of life, this whole latte life, then I encourage readers to share in this story.


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