We’re thrilled to have you here today Dana McGarry from Lynn Steward’s novel What Might Have Been, Book Two in the Dana McGarry Series. Dana is a thirty year old fashion buyer at a glamorous New York City department store. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so much for this interview, Dana. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Yes, I was fairly portrayed. Lynn understood that I was stressed and conflicted about my desire to suddenly end my marriage last December when I discovered my husband’s affair, and she helped me work it out with a kind priest, who I met in London, and through dear friendships in New York. I have no regrets. We had many good years and fond memories, but the marriage was beyond repair. Lynn has also experienced challenges at work and she understood how important it was for me to create The English Shop, in the vein of the new women’s department at Brooks Brothers. It’s very frustrating when senior management is set in their ways, not willing to think outside the box: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Lynn had the same problem, people underestimated her, so she did an excellent job painting the two sides of my personality: I am accommodating but at the same time ambitious and determined.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Fortitude and independence.
Pefectionist. Too intense.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself)
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Yes. Mark Senger, president of the Senger Display Company.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
When I met my boyfriend’s spoiled college age daughter and she was cool to me.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
My boss, Helen Kavanagh, the divisional merchandise manager. She was an obstructionist in book one, A Very Good Life, and she’s obstinate in What Might Have Been. She’s only in her late forties, but she’s inflexible and controlling. She resists my suggestions at every turn. I would not want to treat my staff that way and stifle their creativity.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I am convinced that the right choices were made.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I would like an exciting career in the fashion industry, more romance, and a handsome and charming soul-mate!
Thank you for this interview, Dana. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Yes you will! There are five volumes in the Dana McGarry series and the synopses for the remaining three are written. Lynn tells me that I will love the English influence and characters in the next book, so I’m looking forward to it! As you will learn if you read What Might Have Been, I’m an Anglophile!
Title: What Might Have Been
Genre: Literary fiction/women’s fiction
Author: Lynn Steward
About the Author
Lynn Steward, a veteran of the New York fashion industry and a buyer on the team that started the women’s department at Brooks Brothers, created the Dana McGarry series, set at a transformational time in the 1970s world of fashion and in the lives of multigenerational women. What Might Have Been is the second volume in the series. A Very Good Life,Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014.