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In January 2020, I met novelist Laura Dave through a family friend. As part of her research for a book she’d been writing since 2012, she asked for a tour of the University of Texas, Austin campus, where I was a senior at the time. Throughout our walk together, she asked me questions in terms of what her characters might do (such as which library they’d go to for a specific book), so she could make them more believable and the story more immersive.
The book she was working on? “The Last Thing He Told Me,” now a New York Times Best Seller, one of the top current bestselling books on Amazon, the May 2021 pick for Reese’s Book Club, and a soon-to-be-TV series starring Julia Roberts.
Intrigued and wanting to learn more about how Dave wrote her successful thriller, I reached out to pick her brain some more when it came to her writing process. In our conversation, Dave highlighted products she relies on for her writing process, books that informed her storytelling, and what she does to unwind from a day of writing.
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