INTERVIEW on LOST IN A SUPERMARKET:
“In the novel The Summer We Came to Life, three lifelong friends unite for their annual summer journey of discovery. What has changed with this trip, however, is the death of their fourth friend, Mina. The protagonist, Sam, battles hardest with the loss in the wilds of Honduras where she has temporarily relocated, and through her eyes writer Deborah Cloyed investigates some heady subjects including friendship, Quantum Physics, loss, the afterlife and the basic complexities of familial relationships. But the debut novel is not a heavy or dense read, bogged down by pretension or affected gravitas. Instead, Cloyed tackles the subjects with a maturity and depth that belie her debut stature. The interview we got with Deborah has been one of our favorites, so let’s just let her do the talking — and if you like what you read, buy the just-released The Summer We Came to Life for some intelligent, solid summertime reading…”
This book takes place in Honduras, where you really lived for 6 months as a photographer. What specifically were you doing in Honduras? How did your travels there influence the book — were there any autobiographical moments that made it to The Summer We Came to Life?
I was in Honduras working for Susan Potter, a very successful commercial photographer there, and a dear, dear friend. It was a unique situation in which I was introduced to an amazing group of very successful influential peeps in the capital, Tegucigalpa. It was a truly magical time — filled with family rooftop dinners, fashion shows, restaurant and nightclub openings, 16-hr society weddings on sprawling estate grounds, and weekend trips to our friends’ vacation homes on both coasts, at Mayan ruins, and in the jungle. Certainly these experiences inspired the landscape of the book, and the vacation home in Tela in the book is modeled after my friend’s home there, but really it was the relationships — the emphasis placed on family and love and best friends — that are reflected most in the book.
Nany’s Restaurant in the Garifuna village and dancing punta — that’s pretty close to a real memory. And, of course the near-drowning….
I want to ask you about your extensive travels. It’s obviously been a big part of your life — you and your best friend Bianca were even contestants on Amazing Race. How was that experience?
Hilarious, miserable, enlightening, and ultimately incredible. Incredible to be on TV as yourself with your best friend since 3rd grade in front of millions of people. And to be a part of a generational phenomenon, that’s the best part –stories for the old folks home. Bianca and I will still be friends, showing ancient sexy pics of ourselves to the wait staff and bickering about how we lost a million dollars.
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