WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Kennedys Amidst that Gathering Storm (Smithsonian, 2008), about Joe's ambassadorship. I spent a day at the JFK library looking through boxes pertaining to Kick, and the librarians were very helpful in guiding me through the digital archive. I also researched a great deal while I was writing scenes or dialogue. I'd want to mention a particular movie or song, so I'd Google it and add those details. I'd learn something new and have fun with it at the same time. WWM: What were some of the roadblocks you faced while research- ing or writing? KM: With researching, there were a few. I'd get interested in something but would have a hard time finding the answer. For instance, there was a telegram Joe sent to Kick close to her wedding day that is often quoted in other publications, but I couldn't find the actual piece. In terms of the writing, one of the big challenges I faced was not knowing if the book might be a young adult novel since Kick is 18 at the start. I kept the first version of the novel to her teen years, but the feedback I received was that it was more for adults, so I had to do a total rewrite a year later, in which I extended the scope of the book into her twenties. WWM: That must have been challenging. What did you edit out of this book? KM: About 300 pages from the original didn't make it, but all for the good. WWM: The Kennedy Debutante was such a compelling story that it seems like it could have actually happened the way you wrote it. How difficult is it to meld fiction with history? KM: I don't know if it's hard because I enjoy it. It's been easier than writ- ing a novel in which I make absolutely everything up. I think my brain likes having a historical record, specific events to move my character between. WWM: What's next for you? KM: I'm writing another historical novel for Berkley. After trying my hand at many other kinds of novels (romance, mystery, young adult), I have finally found my genre. And I can tell you that my next novel will be about Grace Kelly! I'm happy where I've landed and excited about what comes next. The Kennedy Debutante will be available in hard copy, digital, and audio October 2 and will be found at Wellesley Books, Amazon, and other booksellers. For more information on the author, go to www.kerrimaher. com, or follow her on Instagram, @kerrimaherwriter. Maher will be reading and signing books at Boston-area stores throughout October; check her website for details. books "excited about what comes next" 178 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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