The LA Teen Author Series returns to Central Library on Saturday, February 14 at 2pm with a panel of authors that includes Susan Adrian (Tunnel Vision), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Amy Talkington (Liv, Forever), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of the Library Store.
In April Lindner's novel, Love, Lucy, the title character dreams of becoming an actor, but once she graduates from high school, her father tells her that her theatre career is finished. The two strike a bargain: Lucy agrees to go to college and major in business and in return, her father sends her to Europe for a summer backpacking trip.
When Lucy falls for a musician named Jesse while traveling in Florence, she tells herself it's just a holiday romance. However, the trip changes her and once she returns home, Lucy struggles between keeping her promise to her father and listening to her heart. And when Jesse shows up on campus, things become even more complicated.
This modern retelling of E.M. Forster’s A Room With A View is a sumptuous romance and a thought-provoking coming of age story about hard life choices, relationships with family and friends, and why following your dreams isn’t always easy. Booklist writes, “This intelligent love story will resonate with readers who are themselves balancing the thin line between making lives of their own and seeking parents' approval.”
We talked to April about her favorite love story and the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to her. Here’s what she had to say:
What is your favorite love story and why?
Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite because it’s so complex and yet so beautiful. When Jane meets Mr. Rochester she’s powerless—in her own words, poor, obscure, plain, and little—and, as her wealthy employer, he holds all the cards. Spoiler alert: when the two of them reveal their love for each other it’s a deeply satisfying romantic moment, but it’s not the end of the book. Jane could have the man she loves, but she stays true to herself despite all kinds of temptation to compromise. When I was a young adult, I thought of Jane Eyre as a kind of guidebook to life. I would ask myself WWJD—What Would Jane Do?—and her example got me through some trying romantic times of my own.
What is the most romantic gesture that's ever been made on your behalf?
On my birthday a couple of years ago I happened to be giving a reading from Catherine, my second novel, at St. Joseph’s University, where I teach creative writing. My husband had to work that day and couldn’t be at the reading, but he surprised me by sending in a beautiful birthday cake and a big bouquet of flowers. I tend to cry when I’m happy, and I almost burst into tears in front of an audience made up of students and coworkers. Luckily I was able to get myself under control.
If you were getting your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which celebrities would you most like to be near?
Oooh! I want to be near Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the stars of one of my most loved romantic comedies,Roman Holiday. Not coincidentally, Roman Holiday plays a prominent role in my book Love, Lucy since it sparks Lucy’s desire to travel in Italy. Besides being two of the most gorgeous people that ever lived, Hepburn and Peck were both class acts in real life. But if I need to be closer to somebody more contemporary, put me next to my longtime crush George Clooney—another very pretty person who also seems smart and funny and a decent human being.
What’s the best piece of fan mail you ever received?
My favorite was an email from a young reader who told me that she’d never liked books until she read my novel Jane, and that ever since she’d been devouring book after book. Fan mail doesn’t get any better than that!