Cathy Holton is the author of two previous novels: Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes AND Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes.
Holton’s third novel, Beach Trip, was released in May through Ballantine Books. I thoroughly enjoyed this Southern women’s novel set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (read my review).
To read more about Holton and her work, visit the author’s website.
Read the author’s blog: Surly Wench Journal.
I was thrilled when Cathy agreed to write a guest post about women’s friendships for this tour. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
Guest Post by Author Cathy Holton
I’m always fascinated by the relationships between women. We speak a very complicated language, subtle yet telling; often what we don’t say is as important as what we do. I’ve found that as I grow older my relationships with other women have grown deeper, richer, more meaningful on so many levels. We’re bonded by our experiences; we’ve raised families, lost or gained husbands, started new careers, overcome illness, tragedy and the occasional run of bad luck. We’ve learned to speak our minds openly, no longer avoiding conflict for the sake of ‘being nice.’
I knew that Beach Trip would be the story of four well educated, but very different, women; suite mates in college who, had they met later in life, might not have been friends at all. I was curious to see whether their shared experiences as young women, and the lives they had led since then, the choices they had made, would sustain a twenty-seven year friendship.
I knew the novel would have an element of dark humor, and I knew there would be a surprising revelation at the end, something that threatened the tenuous bond the women had shared over the years, and yet helped to explain that bond, too.
I recently received an email from a woman who has spent the last seventy-three years getting together annually with five friends from kindergarten. Imagine that! Seventy-three years of friendship….I like to think that Mel, Sara, Annie and Lola will be similarly blessed.