Whilst we’ve been enjoying an unusually warm weather here in the UK, I think we can forget that this sunny weather is commonplace and sometimes even tedious to others. I’m staying in with Katherine Luck today and she seems to be one of those who really could do with our usual summer rain!
Staying in with Katherine Luck
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Katherine. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Thanks for inviting me!
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I brought my second novel, The Cure for Summer Boredom, which just came out in June. It seemed fitting since it’s summer and some of us get bored this time of year—especially yours truly. When I get bored, I read—or write—novels.
(Now that is a whole new concept to me Katherine. I love the summer and never get bored at all. Why do you think you do?)
I guess it’s the lazy, languorous pace of summer days that gets to me. That’s what my book’s main character, Ruby, is battling: summer boredom. But unlike me, when she gets bored she gets into trouble. Hilarious trouble.
Ah – so what can we expect from an evening in with The Cure for Summer Boredom?
Well, you won’t be bored, that’s for sure! The story takes place in a fictional town somewhere in Texas called Somwärin, Texas. It’s home to a whole gaggle of wacky characters, from furniture-obsessed Swedish ex-pats to slightly supernatural trailer park residents to long-haul truckers who believe their CB radios are sending them mystical messages. And, of course, Ruby.
You’d think nobody could get bored in a town like that—but Ruby’s not your ordinary girl. And the adventures—and misadventures—she gets into are also anything but ordinary! There’s plenty of heart in the story, too. Sort of Little Women meets The Dukes of Hazzard. I like to think of it as all the fun of the YA books I read as a kid during those long days of summer, but written for grownups.
(So a bit more adult in its themes then?)
Yeah, it’s definitely not a kid’s book! There’s a town-wide festival of drunkenness, grand theft auto, a kidnapping that goes sideways, looting, a general riot. Just your typical summer in Texas.
(Crikey! It sounds a bit busier than my sleepy little town here in Lincolnshire!)
I’m not sure I dare ask this, but what else have you brought along and why?
Edible glitter! I had no idea such a thing existed until I wrote a scene in which Ruby decides it would be a great prank to swap a bag of glitter for the bag of sugar her mother’s using to bake a cake. It all goes comically awry and nobody gets glitter poisoned fortunately, but I got to wondering what would happen if someone actually ate glitter. And lo and behold, I found out that edible glitter not only exists, it’s quite the hip condiment. You can put it on anything—cake, ice cream, pudding, pizza.
Yes, pizza. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but the night is young and I noticed a pizza delivery place just up the road…what do you say?
(I say I think I might prefer pepperoni but I’m willing to give the glitter a try if I must!)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Katherine. I don’t know about The Cure for Summer Boredom, but I’ve found it a very unusual and entertaining evening!
The Cure for Summer Boredom
It’s summer in the little town of Somwärin, Texas, where the most anticipated event is a wrestling match between a man in a bear-suit and a bear in a man-suit. To Ruby Bejou, it looks like just another boring summer. And when Ruby’s bored, she makes trouble.
But this year, things are different. Her daddy accidentally starts a cult for long-haul truckers. Her big sister is on a mission to win a cutthroat beauty pageant and won’t let anything get in her way—except maybe her enormous boobs. Her little sister is out to destroy the town bully, even if it sparks an international diplomatic incident with the entire nation of Sweden.
And Ruby? She’s determined to stay out of trouble. With the help of a psychic newspaper editor, a tooth witch who transforms coins into teeth, and a forbidden library guarded by the entire town, she just might cure her summer boredom for good.
About Katherine Luck
Katherine Luck is a writer based in Seattle. She is the author of the novels In Retrospect and The Cure for Summer Boredom. Her articles and short stories have been featured in Reuters, The Amistad, Seattle Woman Magazine, Oregon Literary Review, and Crosscut.com. You can read more of her work, including the “Dead Writers and Candy” series, on Katherine’s website.
You can follow Katherine on Twitter @katherineluck.