1. How did you come up with the title?
Since Virgins was about girls in high school, the title says to readers that we are picking up the characters as they become adults.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. So many people loved the characters as young girls, I wanted to explore their lives in a really interesting time—just as the women’s movement was opening new doors for women, and as these particular young women were becoming Washington journalists in a time of upheaval and challenge.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
Much of it is based on events I lived through—The Vietnam war protests, the impact of Kent State, the rise of Black protest organizations, the Nixon years and womens’s struggle to succeed in what was still very much a man’s world.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I don’t think so. I loved braiding together the women and their personal lives and loves with national events.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making sure to keep all the threads of the story moving along. There was Peg meeting up again with her old love, Sean, and Con, now a married woman, re-discovering her old ambitions, and a new character, Kitty, a widow who has become a popular hostess who is also a power player in Washington and who has a passionate affair with an very ambitious young congressman.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I found that I really enjoyed telling a large story that spreads out on a large canvas, bringing women’s personal lives into focus with great, far-reaching national events.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes. I joined my high school newspaper, (Just like Peg and Con do in Virgins) and I remember how wonderful it was to see my actual name in print. I have to admit, I still get a kick out of that!
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I guess my very favorite author is Edith Wharton, and how she tells stories about women’s lives in a time when women had few choices, and how they struggled to find a true identity apart from the narrow confines of the worlds they inhabited.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I am working on a mystery with my daughter, Alyssa Lupo Zulueta, called “The Silver Screen Murders.” It has a Hollywood theme, of course. And I am working on a new novel to be called “Fancy Girls” about young women in the Mad Men era. It’s such an interesting time. Women are struggling to break out of old restrictions and boundaries, but they haven’t yet gotten society’s permission to do so.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope that when young readers delve into my books, they will get a good sense of all the battles that were fought to win the opportunities they now have. Not all the battles are over, by a long shot, but we have to understand our history. And I hope they never stop reading.
About the Book
The Sequel to the International Bestseller VIRGINS…
Two best friends from high school, Peggy Morrison and Constance Masters, reunite in Washington and continue their indecent behavior. One becomes a Capitol Hill gossip columnist and the other is a prize-winning journalist, and both exploit their feminine wiles to get what they want.
PRAISE FOR VIRGINS…
“Rings with authenticity…few writers are as funny as she, and none funnier. Yet she is capable of wrenching your heart and soul.”
- The Chicago Tribune
“This is a riotously funny novel…The ending hints at a sequel. Yes, please, for readers’ sakes!”
- Library Journal
“To read Virgins is to remember a day when a kiss was two tightly closed mouths colliding and there were definite rules as to where a roving hand could move…And no, if you are too young to remember those days, Caryl Rivers is not making it all up. Rivers has written a very funny book.”
– The Washington Post
Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Kobo
About the Author
Caryl Rivers is a nationally known novelist, journalist, media critic and professor of Journalism at Boston University. Her coming of age novel, "Virgins" sold a million copies around the world and has been republished as an eBook by Diversion press. Her journalism has focused on media, politics, women's issues and civil rights. In 2007 she was awarded the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for distinguished journalism.
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