Interview with Lindsey Frydman, author of THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS

Lindsey Frydman talks with us today about her debut THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS.

Please describe what the book is about.

THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is about Audra, a girl who’s decided to honor her heart donor’s memory by recreating her done-it list—an anti-bucket list in the form of a photographic journal. She convinces Jake, the sexy photographer (and her donor’s brother) to help chronicle her newfound experiences. But while he might be willing to help with the list, he wants nothing to do with uncovering the painful truth behind his sister’s death.

Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.

I couldn’t tell if I’d flirted with my heart donor’s brother…or made a complete ass of myself.

Or both.

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“I do want to kiss you, Audra. But if I do, it may become a habit…and I can’t seem to get rid of habits.”

What do you want people to know about your book?

THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is about love and loss, grief and forgiveness. From the moment I started writing it, it meant something to me, and I can only hope others will find some meaning in it, too.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel?

That I have to write what speaks to me. It’s true what they say about not writing for trends or anything like that. Write for you.

What was your timeline from drafting to publication?

I drafted this story in about two months. I was querying it after about six months—definitely the fastest I’ve ever written and edited a novel. I queried agents for a year and a half, then found Entangled and an editor that loved my story, so the entire process took a little over two years.

What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?

Drafting characters is definitely my favorite part of writing. I love combining a set of attributes, a goal, a personality, and a past to create a fictional person. That’s when they become real for me. 😉

Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?

It came from a news story: a twenty-one-year old nursing student died in a drunk driving accident. Then, when a fifty-something-year-old woman received her heart, she decided to complete the young girl’s bucket list so that her heart could do all of those things even if she couldn’t. <3

When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?

Usually when I’m driving, listening to music, with no appropriate way to write things down! Or in the shower. That’s a good thinking spot for me.

Share something people may be surprised to know about you?

I perform in burlesque shows—because I enjoy giving my introversion a worthy adversary. 😉

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?

You will never please everybody.

What’s next?

I’m editing a YA romantic magical realism set to release in early 2018 from Entangled Publishing. It’s a story in which a girl who is cursed with seeing the end to all her romantic relationships meets a boy who makes her question everything.

 

“Now that Audra Madison has a second chance at life, she’s got a plan: Go to college. Get a tattoo. Date. You know, live. To honor her donor’s memory, she’s recreating Emily’s Done-it List—a photographic journal of all the things she experienced before her death. And she’s convinced Emily’s brother, Jake, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, to help chronicle her newfound experiences. As they delve into each other’s pasts—and secrets—the closer they become.

 

Then he finally admits why he won’t talk about his sister. He doesn’t believe the bullshit story about how she died. Unraveling the mystery could bring Jake the peace he needs, but he wants nothing to do with uncovering the painful truth. When Audra starts pushing his trust, it’s clear she’s overestimated her detective skills and underestimated her knowledge of Jake.

 

She’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself.

And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.”