Pat Conroy interviews Cassandra King
Pat Conroy: My name is Pat Conroy. I’d like to introduce
you to my wife, Cassandra King. She’s the author of Queen of Broken
Hearts. Cassandra, who is the queen of broken hearts?
Cassandra King: The queen of broken hearts is the main
character of my new book, but she carries this mantle because she is
a divorce therapist and she helps with divorce recovery. And in her
personal life, she has a daughter who is married and who seems to be
very happily married, but that proves not to be the case, so she
also has the pain of watching someone she loves go through a divorce
as well. So she carries this title for many reasons.
Pat Conroy: My favorite character in your book was Lex
Cassandra King: He should be your favorite character. I based
him on one of my favorite husbands, that happens to be the current
one. What did you think of the portrait of you as Lex in Queen of
Pat Conroy: You know, if you had wit, you’d have seen this as
a chance to make an everlasting character. Charismatic, handsome,
desirable, wonderful, articulate beyond human belief. But you made
him a Maine lobsterman with a dull personality and a low IQ. So, no,
I think you did not do very well at all. I was halfway through the
book when I finally said, My god. This guy seems familiar to me.
Cassandra King: I figured you would eventually put two and
two together, see some of your characteristics in Lex. You think it
was the same thing like your father felt when he read…?
Pat Conroy: My father read the book, threw the book—The Great
Santini—across the room, and stomped on it.
Cassandra King: Well, I am so glad you did not do that.
Pat Conroy: No, I did not do that. You and I have both been
accused of writing novels with Southern themes. Tell me about your
relationship with Fairhope, Alabama, and why it was important for
you to get that in this book.
Cassandra King: Fairhope, Alabama, is on the eastern shore of
Mobile Bay, and it has an amazing history. It was established as a
utopia by a group of men and women from the Midwest, who just
decided they wanted to create a utopian society. So they set out,
without knowing what was going to happen, if they could survive it.
And I saw that as sort of a metaphor for the way each of us start
out on our marriage, start a new life. We don’t know where we’re
going, we don’t know what we’re going to find when we get there.
Pat Conroy: What do you hope that readers will take away from
Queen of Broken Hearts?
Cassandra King: I would like for the readers to see the
importance of sharing our experiences and our pain with others, how
this helps us in the healing process. And let them see, this is not
the end of the world. This is painful but I can go on, I can survive
Pat Conroy: Queen of Broken Hearts is a great novel. I salute
you, Cassandra King.
Cassandra King: Thank you so much. Thank you for doing this.
The video interview is available here on
Hyperion Publisher website.