Q&A: Los Angeles reboots author’s creativity, even though it’s ‘one big airline terminal’

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Victoria Loustalot, ’03, will be at Country Day for a book signing.

Loustalot  published a memoir, “This Is How You Say Goodbye,” on Sept. 10 (see “Alumna travels to France, Sweden & Cambodia to find father she lost at 10” and “Book launch party for alumna includes memoir-themed cocktails“).

Loustalot’s book signing will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Matthews Library. RSVP for the event at 481-8811 or email alumni@saccds.org.

In addition to promotional book signings, Loustalot recently moved from New York City to Los Angeles.


Q: How has the memoir been doing? What are sales like?

A: The book is doing remarkably well. The publisher and I have both been super pleased.

Q: What’s the best part about being a published author?

A: The pens! You end up with a ton of new pens from book signings and panels and conferences. There’s always a new pen. And often a new notebook, too.

Q: And the worst part?

A: There isn’t one. It’s all good.

Q: What’s it like doing book signings in bookstores?

A: One of the reasons I write is because I love stories, and I love people. Signings are an opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories.

So much of writing requires working in isolation. It’s pretty great having the opportunity to be part of a community, a dialogue. I learn so much at every reading I do.

Q: How do you like living in Los Angeles instead of New York City?

A: The change of scenery has proven to be a fantastic creative reboot. The weather and the produce here in LA are far superior to anything you’ll find this time of year in New York. It’s glorious. I mean, I am beyond thrilled to be missing the polar vortex.

On the other hand, the entire city feels like one big airport terminal. Everything is shiny and clean and brightly lit and on a conveyor belt. Also, no one seems interested in getting drunk and talking books with me, which is devastating.

Q: Do you have any plans for future books?

A: I do! Stay tuned.


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