Normally, I don't go out at night after work. Too dark. Too late. Too old. But I made an exception and I am so glad I did. Last night was a special night and I had such a great time at the Ambler Theater watching A Night with Matthew Quick. Matthew Quick is the author of Silver Linings Playbook and he was there in person to talk about his latest book The Good Luck of Right Now, a novel about synchronicity, road trips, a girlbrarian ( love that word!) and a young man searching for answers.
Of course, I brought my daughters and two of my granddaughters - and of course Jessi (my youngest daughter) made sure we got good seats. Looking up at Matthew from the front row was like looking up at a god, except that Matthew was oh, so human - and genuine. On stage he tells stories that are as engaging and entertaining as the ones he puts in print.
During the talk, he explained something I'd always wondered about - why in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, the character of the father was completely transformed. Matthew said it was because "that's the way Robert wanted it!" (I can't believe I met somebody who calls The Master - DeNiro - by his first name. He also talked about how vulnerable a writer feels when he puts his work out there. Boy can I relate to that!
Faithful readers of this blog know that it was The Good Luck of Right Now that inspired me to start writing my second book which I am so excited about and hope to have finished by this time next year. Matthew said he writes one novel a year - while it takes me a lot longer. Give me a break. He's forty, I'm seventy-three but, as I discovered today, I do some of my best writing just after napping.
Matthew Quick's next novel, Love May Fail, will be released in 2015.