General Literary Fiction /Self-Help Fiction
Date Published: March, 2018
Why is starting over so complicated? After an amicable divorce, Tamara is ready to move on. She has loving friends, a meaningful job and a comfortable life. And yet, while everything seems to be in its correct place, she has the distinct feeling that nothing is as it should be. Feeling like she is losing control, Tamara struggles to answer a really difficult question: what does she really want? The Place Where We Belong is a novel about self-acceptance, belonging, friendship and love.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Given the fact that I am not a big planner, and my books develop and evolve at their own pace: one of my biggest challenges is reaching a mature storyline that will have a clear beginning, middle and end. I have many ‘orphan’ scenes that are waiting to be developed and turned into a book. Maybe that will never happen.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Because I have eclectic taste, I actually prefer switching between radio and YouTube. On any given day I will go with the flow – whatever is on the radio – that is what I will listen to. Or else, I will select music on YouTube ranging from classical to current.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Absolutely! My permanent beta readers are my family members, and two very critical friends of mine who are both avid readers. None of these people are scared to tell me exactly what they think. Apart from them, I usually ask at least two additional readers who I think have some sort of connection to the subject matter at hand. For instance, in “The Place Where We Belong”, given the fact that I am not a single woman living alone in a bustling city, I asked a friend of mine – who does fit that description – to be my beta reader, because authenticity of voice and character is really important to me.
What book are you reading now?
I have just started reading Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”. It has been on my reading list for over a year now, so I am thrilled that I am finally getting down to reading it.
How did you start your writing career?
I had just left a wonderful career of management in the software industry and I was deliberating what to do next. A good friend of mine invited me to join her in the NaNoWriMo challenge and I thought it would be an interesting exercise in writing, discipline and creativity. My first novel “The Perfection of the Glass Lemons” was the tangible result, but more importantly, I developed an appetite for writing. Soon after that I began writing my second novel.
Tell us about your next release.
My latest work is currently in the editing phase. I am very excited about it. It is a complex tapestry of the stories of individuals who make up a fictitious neighborhood: their interactions, the way they are perceived by others, as opposed to what is really going on in their hearts and in their lives. It is very different to anything I have done before. It is multi-layered and, a bit dark at times. I can’t wait to release it officially.
About the Author
R. K. Mayer was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been a teacher, a technical writer and a product manager. Her most short-lived job was in a clothes shop, where she lasted a grand total of two and a half hours. Her last "real job" was being a manager of some wonderful people across the globe, as well as being a lead and advocate for digital transformation in the software industry. Since leaving the corporate world, she is now a Change Management consultant, blogger, novelist and a serial volunteer in her community. In her novels, R. K. Mayer combines her understanding and perspective about how people are affected by change, and her love for storytelling.
R. K. Mayer lives in Israel with her husband and three children. Her latest novel is "The Place Where We Belong." Her first published novel was: "The Perfection of the Glass Lemons."