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How Ray Bradbury, And His House, Inspired Bend Author

Here’s my Q & A with The Oregonian this week.

There’s something delightful about the fact that Nicole Meier’s youthful admiration of a novel about a world where books are banned eventually led to the publication of her first novel.

Q: Why did you choose Ray Bradbury as the author whose house your heroine would lust after?

My interest was piqued when I came across a newspaper article featuring the sale of Ray Bradbury’s Los Angeles home. I could tell from the photo of the charming yellow house, where the iconic author resided for half a century, that the interior was full of stories. Like my protagonist, I wanted nothing more than to get inside and discover its secrets.

I later learned a developer purchased the home, and planned to raze it to the ground. As a Southern California native, familiar with the neighborhood, I wanted to imagine a world where the house wasn’t demolished, but instead purchased by an appreciative writer.

I’ve been a Ray Bradbury fan since my teens, when I discovered “Fahrenheit 451.” I admired him for his storytelling and unique perspective on the culture in which he lived. Plus, he was such a proponent of writers everywhere. You’d be hard-pressed to find another author of his caliber who generously offered so much thoughtful advice to other writers.

Q: Your novel has been called “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “Under the Tuscan Sun.” What titles do you think are most comparable to your book?

Because my book portrays a woman inspired by an old home, it’s similar to “A Paris Apartment,” by Michelle Gable. Also, because I write about a young woman redefining her life in California, I believe fans of “Maybe in Another Life,” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and “Oh! You Pretty Things,” by Shanna Mahin will enjoy my book.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from the book?

While my story is fictional, I hope to share a bit of Mr. Bradbury’s inspirational spirit with my readers. I’m thankful for his many contributions to the literary community. I also hope readers will take a bit of inspiration for their own lives. It’s never too late to change your course!

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