Every Big & Little Wish
by E.C. Moore
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she’s ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I write scripts and treatments for multi-media, but have always written fiction on the side.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I was chosen to participate in a gifted English creative writing program in high school and attended symposiums at university.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Hemingway, Anne Tyler, Marilynne Robinson, Alice Munro, Larry McMurtry, John Irving, Alice Hoffman, and countless others. You can’t become a good writer if you don’t read good writers.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I get up and first thing reunite with my trusty coffee/grinder maker. Cup of Joe in hand, I get social media and e-mail out of the way. The day job always takes precedence. With business commitments out of the way, I write fiction, sometimes late into the night.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Every Big & Little Wish is a fictional attempt to explore my experiences with stalking and being kidnapped. My protagonist, Jacy Wilbert is not me in any way shape or form, and she is a few years younger than I was, but her dog Thor is an actual portrayal of the guard dog my dad bought to protect me.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
Every Big & Little Wish is dark and suspenseful but not without light-hearted moments. Since it’s set back in 1970, I believe the nature of the narrative sets it apart from most novels out there today.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
The protagonist, Jacy Wilbert, is my favorite character. She’s far more impetuous and bold than I could ever be.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I won’t say the scenes when Jacy was with her abductor were fun to write, but there was something satisfying about writing them. Cathartic, I suppose.
9) What are your hopes for this novel?
My hopes for Every Big & Little Wish is to get the book in the hands of as many readers as humanly possible. It’s difficult to get seen these days in the sea of books out there.
10) What do you have in store next for your readers?
I am currently working on two books. The first is a companion book to Incurable, titled Insatiable, Incurable Saga Part II. The second is a standalone titled Letters from LaLa Land, and it’s about a family in crisis. Promise Albright, the fifteen year old main character, is suddenly thrust into a completely new life in California.
About the Author
When Elizabeth’s not writing feverishly, you will find her out walking or sightseeing. She’s crazy about coffee, books, cooking, good wine, cairn terriers, miniature ponies, historical houses, tapas, and witty people.
She resides in a fifties bungalow in Southern California, with her creative-director, hubba-hubba husband, a yappy blonde dog, and one feisty Chihuahua.