Danny’s mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn’t know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
When he gets a letter from his mom’s property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother’s memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.
Me: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Me: How did you come up with the idea for When You Were Here?
Daisy: One Sunday afternoon when we took my dog Violet to the beach to chase
tennis balls, I imagined a young man all alone with his dog, and that
image became Danny struggling to find his way in the world after he
loses some of the people he loves..
Me: What is one book that surpassed you expectations?
Daisy: I’m a huge fan of Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood series. It
surpassed my expectations simply because I’m not a horror fan, but she
tells such a compelling story that I couldn’t put it down!
Me: What is you favorite character in your book?
Daisy: I love them all! But I am especially fond of Sandy Koufax and Kana
Me: If you were stuck on a deserted island, which of these things would
you want to have with you and why?: A strawberry scented candle, a
book, fish food, a pineapple rind or a spoon.
Daisy: A book to pass the time til my search and rescue crew arrives in two
hours because they HAVE TO COME!
~Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
~Inside or outside? Inside
~Apples or oranges? Apples because they are less messy