Today we're talking with Enid Harlow, author of Good to Her
FQ: Your characters in Good to Her are beautifully portrayed and full of life. Which one is your favorite and why?
Most writers, like good parents, don't play favorites. I'm in love with all my characters.
FQ: What inspired you to choose Dinty Moore’s as your iconic backdrop in Good to Her?
I have fond memories of the place, having often gone there for dinner as a child with my father.
FQ: Nate often considers the question of whether or not he was good to her. Why did you center on this perspective throughout the story?
That seemed to me to be the heart of the story.
FQ: You allude to Sallie’s marital infidelities and Nate’s awareness of them, yet there seems to be acceptance of this factor. Why?
The answer to that resides deep in Nate's character.
FQ: Your connection with your characters is clear. Without presenting too much of a spoiler, how difficult was it to write your ending?
Endings are always difficult. This one, particularly so.
FQ: New York has an incredibly bountiful and intriguing history. As a native New Yorker, if you were able to take a period of time from New York’s distant past and replay it today, what period would that be and why?
I'd go with the present. What's happening at the moment is always the most exciting.
FQ: Is there a topic you would like to write about; yet shy away from it because you don’t have an instant connection? If so, what is the topic and why the aversion?
No such topic, no aversion.
FQ: What would be a “must do” you would recommend a New York City visitor to do and why?
For first-time visitors: walk through Central Park; walk along the High Line; walk through China Town and the Broadway district and Riverside Park. Walk, walk, walk. New York is one of the only cities in the U.S. where that's still possible.
FQ: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Good to Her and thank you for the opportunity to interview you. Is there a possibility you could provide a glimpse into your current project and its anticipated release?
I am currently working on a collection of short stories. No release date yet.