It's no secret that a writer's work is strongly influenced by the world around them—people they meet, places they visit, stories they read. For JWU professor Tamara Valentine, it was a combination of all of these elements that led her to write "What the Waves Know," her debut novel that will hit shelves on Feb. 9.
Valentine, a self-described "born writer," worked for eight years to craft a work that is gaining early praise from a number of best-selling authors. In a recent interview with Providence Monthly, she shared what inspired the novel's setting and main character.
Published by Harper Collins, the book is centered around Izabella Rae Haywood, a young girl who loses both her father and her voice on her sixth birthday. After eight years of unsuccessul psychiatrist visits and silence, Iz's mother decides it's time to return to Tillings Island, the tiny community where her daughter's life changed, and where she hopes Iz will be able to reclaim her voice.
Valentine will be at Books on the Square in Providence on February 19 for a reading and Q&A session.