Q: What drives your protagonist?
Delia started out as an heiress. Then came The Great Family Financial Disaster of 1986. Now, at 35, she is on a mission to reclaim her lost fortune.
A hot hedge fund offers her a job, and it seems as if she finally has her chance.
Suddenly and inexplicably, here was Odyssey, appearing out of nowhere like a fairy godmother with an invitation to the high-finance ball. This was real money, not some lousy hundred-fifty kay. It was the kind of money that might even reconstitute a lost fortune.
Q: How is New York City a character in your novel?
Delia’s roots extend back into the fabric of New York. Her great grandfather was an industrialist who made his fortune bringing electrical power to the city.
New York is Delia’s patrimony. Reclaiming it is as important to her as regaining her family’s wealth.
Gradually the skyline came into view, a vista powerful as myth. New York was a fairy-tale kingdom, a glittering citadel of towers and turrets, with heroic bridges and leaping trestle work bracing the island like flying buttresses.
My lost castle was near the center of this kingdom. It was one of the greatest mansions on Fifth Avenue, a grand white wedding cake of a house presiding over the corner of 80th Street and Fifth Avenue. Once upon a time, the mansion housed one of the city’s first families. Mine. I was the scion of this family, a modern-day princess, with roots extending back generations, into the literal fabric of the city. This kingdom and that castle were my birthright. I was here to storm the shores.
Q: How is the world you created relatable to ordinary people?
Delia struggles with the same desires and moral questions as everybody, just on a bigger scale.
I couldn’t support the maintenance and mortgage on this apartment. I couldn’t sell it either. Like every other homeowner in America, I would never get back what I paid for it. Ironic that I, so desperate to escape the mediocrity of the American middle class, was caught in the same under-water mortgage crisis as the rest of them.
I had failed and done it colossally, with lots of zeros while living on Fifth Avenue. It stood to reason that the unwinding of my life would have more drama than the average suburban home foreclosure.
Q: What is the question of character or morality that your novel addresses in our society?
Delia is on a journey to understand what real power is. Family wealth, entitlement, sex as control–these are illusions of power. Real power unfolds as Delia comes to realize unconditional love, compassion, and mercy. Her experiences working these things out is what makes the story compelling.
I told him about the chain of evil and how I wanted to break it. He nodded. I was on the brink of adding more—telling him about another dream I had: That maybe, if the chain were broken, there could be magical cloaks again, colorful and of immense stretchiness. Iridescent tropical birds would grasp the cloak’s corners and fly off to the horizons, winging on and on, as far as it took to envelope the earth.
Q: What are you saying in this novel?
Η σωτηρια της ψυχης ειναι πολυ μεγαλοπραγμα.
The salvation of the soul is a really big deal.
Q: How much of this novel is autobiographical? How much is family history?
Like Delia, my family was a prominent New York Clan, owning hundreds of acres in Southampton and mansions in the city. Our Great Family Financial Disaster happened around 1980. My great-grandfather was the famous electrical inventor, Thomas E. Murray.
As many know who’ve read my Vox article, I am the look-alike daughter of a world famous fashion model.
Q: What inspired you to write the novel?
I couldn’t stop myself.
Q: What other books is yours like?
One of my fabulous test readers called it, Bridget Jones meets Age of Innocence.
Others say it’s Scarlet Johansen meets The Big Short.