Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling author whose most recent novel, Best Day Ever, is on sale now! Lucky for us, we got a copy and immediately went to reading! Check out what we thought of the novel below:
Review of Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Author Kaira Rouda says that one of her favorite concepts when it comes to her novels is “the theme of what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives,” something she experiments in her most recent suspense novel, Best Day Ever. The book follows Paul, a perfect, hard working suburban dad. However, as Paul and his wife, Mia, decided to take a trip to the countryside, readers start to realize that not everyone is as perfect as they might originally seem.
This novel is all about tension. It’s a buildup of emotions and an interesting take on a protagonist since, it turns out, Paul isn’t that great after all. He’s egotistical and controlling which makes this novel that much more intriguing. With the perfect weekend away in mind, he has everything planned and ready to go. Except, Mia isn’t into that idea this time. The tension between this husband and wife is one of the most beautiful and creepy parts of this entire novel.
Paul is a different type of character. He’s not your average protagonist. He’s not a hero or an angel. He’s… well, Paul. Looking at the world through his eyes is completely twisted, yet real. Who Paul is as a person is what brings this novel together. And while this novel is filled with suspense and harshness, it’s also incredible enlightening. Not everyone is who the world actually expects them to be, and in Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda, that’s exactly what readers will learn.
Q&A with Kaira Rouda
We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Kaira herself! We learned about her love for writing, her belief in following your dreams, and her other novels. Check it out here:
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a mom of four, been married to my best friend for 28 years, and what I love to do is write! I’m blessed to be living the life of my dreams.
What were you up to before you became an author?
A lot of things. Most notably, a server at many restaurants, a journalist, a magazine editor, a copywriter, a public relations professional, the vice president of marketing for a national consumer brand, and finally, I built a national real estate business with my husband. All along though, I dreamt of being an author.
My first book, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, launched me into the publishing world, and in turn, that led to speaking gigs across the country. I discovered that’s what it takes to sell nonfiction. The main message I shared: put your passion into action. And, it’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. So finally, we sold our real estate brand and I decided to take the leap into fiction.
Can you tell us about Best Day Ever and what inspired you to write it?
Paul, the first-person narrator of the novel, popped into my head one day, almost fully formed, demanding that I tell his story. I can’t figure out where he came from exactly, but he does sound a lot like many of the bad bosses I had in my career. Just saying.
You have other novels too! What is your writing style like and what can readers expect from your books?
I have several women’s fiction novels, suspense novels, and I even tried my hand at romance. The common theme in all of my stories is my tagline: “Behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives.”
Do you have plans to write your next novel already? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
My next novel is The Favorite Daughter, out February 19th! I can’t wait for readers to meet Jane. Library Journal says: “A year after her daughter Mary’s death, Jane emerges from her grief, having secluded herself at the family house in an oceanfront gated community in Southern California. Both husband David and daughter Betsey seem remote, and Jane is beginning to sense that while Mary appeared to be such a good girl, there’s something shadowy behind her accidental death that could tear the family apart.”
Who inspires you the most to write?
I guess I’d say it’s self motivation. This is the career I dreamed of forever.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How do you like to create?
I am not good at outlines and plans. I love the freedom of a blank page and the spark of imagination. I’ve learned, though, that publishers desire a bit more of a plan. I’m still a work in progress.
Is there a fun fact about yourself that might surprise our readers if you were to share it with them?
I write at a standing treadmill desk and my dog Tucker sits up on the desk next to the computer.
Did you struggle to get published? What was that process like for you personally?
I’m an overnight success, said no one, ever. Well I know there are a few, but for the rest of us the path to publication is littered with rejection, opposing critiques, self-doubt, and the rest. My only advice: do not give up and keep writing. Because there is one thing for sure: If you give up, you’ll never be published. I self-published my first three novels, small press published my romance novels and now, I’m with an imprint of HarperCollins/Harlequin called Graydon House. Each path is a learning experience with its own blessing and frustrations, but I must say, Graydon House and the people at my publisher have been fabulous. I pinch myself every day that I have a chance to work with them.
What advice would you give to struggling writers out there who are trying to accomplish their dreams?
See the answer above. Do not give up your dream.
What do you want people to gain the most from your novels?
A smile, and maybe a laugh, in the presence of darkness. Each of my novels are different. With Best Day Ever, I’ve been so grateful when a woman reader writes a poignant letter to me and shares the date of her best day ever. That Paul was real enough to invoke that emotion… it’s just the biggest compliment. I believe with this novel and The Favorite Daughter, I’m shining a light on narcissists. They are all around us.
Your career seems like it’s flourishing! Where do you see yourself going from here?
Oh, that’s so nice. I hope you’re right. My dream is to have the chance to tell many more stories, to build a long career in this business that’s also an art.
Do you have any final words of wisdom that you would like to share with our readers?
It is never too late to live the life of your dreams. Believe in yourself. Go for it.
Best Day Ever is now available wherever books are sold!