My new hobby

04/30/2009 at 3:27 pm (Ann Brashares)

A little over a year ago I started taking piano lessons. I last took them when I was ten, so it’s been awhile. I am terrible at it, and my brain and fingers are maddeningly slow, but I really love it. The piece I’ve been working on is a Mozart sonata (#16 in C) and it is beautiful. Well, it’s not beautiful when I play it, but you know what I mean.

Another thing I love is the movie Groundhog Day. It is a profound movie in many ways. I watched it again recently, because I am writing a new book that is partly inspired by it. And then I watched it another time, really slowly. I was trying to figure out where the turning point of the story occurs–the moment when Phil (Bill Murray) begins his transformation from a selfish, hedonistic, misanthrope into a person capable of loving and being loved. I kept starting and stopping the movie, trying to figure it out. And then I did. Or at least I think I did. I think it’s the moment when he’s sitting in the diner and is struck by a certain beautiful piece of piano music playing on the radio. And guess what that piece is? Mozart’s Sonata #16 in C. The very piece I’ve been playing over and over for weeks. I thought that was a nice confluence of things I happen to love.


  1. Jamie said,

    Is this book going to be a young adult or adult novel?Mozart simply is amazing.

  2. erica said,

    hey ann, i hope u got my email a few days ago….plz reply

  3. Teresa said,

    I Groundhog Day is a wonderful movie, and I can't wait to find out more about the new book your writing that it inspired!

  4. Berea said,

    I can't wait for the new book I love all of them already!

  5. kaitie said,

    i agree with jamie, mozart is amazing…hey ann i'm wondering if you've ever played canon in d by pachelbell…it's marvelous

  6. Kate said,

    SO GLAD you're writing more… keep them coming!

  7. Kait said,

    Hi Ann,I'm so happy to see you blogging again. I check in at least once a week, hoping to find information about upcoming books you have. I am a huge fan of all your novels, in partictular The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, probably because I grew up right along with those girls. I know you said earlier you plan to write a 5th novel, and I hope that's still the case, because I miss reading about Lena, Tibs, Bridget, and Carmen so much and would be thrilled to learn what they're doing with their lives!

  8. Hannah said,

    ALL of your books are amazing! I REALLY hope that you write a 5th sisterhood of the traveling pants book! You could be sure that I would buy it and read it. (many many times!) I haven't gotten to read 3 willows yet, but I'm buying it tomorrow!

  9. Christina said,

    The books you write are the best your books and books by stephanie meyer are my favz write now!!!!!!!

  10. danielle said,

    i can't wait to read the new book you are writing about that movie! please respond to my email! i LOVE your books!

  11. dominique said,

    i can't wait to buy your latest book…coz here in the philippines i can only buy it online or read it in the library…i just want my own, and i'm still waiting for its release

  12. Elizabeth said,

    Ann,I love your books! They're up on my list of favorites right next to the Harry Potter books, the Twilight Saga, the Lightning Theif series, The City of Ember, and Gone With The Wind. I've read all of your books and they are soooo good!! I can't wait for your next one except I feel like the Groundhog Day theme is overused a little bit… I think the Mozart thing is really clever though and it will be cool if you use it in your next novel. I totally know how you feel about the piano (I last played when I was 8 years old and now I'm trying it again… I'm pretty bad). In conclusion, I think you're an amazing author and I really enjoy the way you intertwine your plots briefly within the books (namely The 3 Willows).

  13. Leah said,

    Hi! I just wanted to say that your books really inspired me to spend more time with my friends… Your books seem to capture the esence of what's really important in life, and I thank you for sharing it.

  14. Mya said,

    Hello, Ann! I'm 11 years old, and I just read your book, "3 Willows". It's amazing. I'm a writer myself. I've written about 17, or 18 pages of my current book I'm writing, and I started it about a month ago. While your books are more realistic fiction, mine tend to be fiction and fantasy. You know, you're really lucky. I hope my email brightens up your day!!;-)

  15. Emily Camileri said,

    Hi Ann! I just finished 3 Willows today! It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I just loved the ending! Are you going to write more about them anytime soon? Are you going to write another book about the original Sisterhood? When is your next book coming out? PLEASE write another blog entry so you can answer these questions. I'm just dying to know!~Emily~P.S. I would really love it if you wrote another book on the orignial Sisterhood. I miss Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby, and I realized that I missed them a lot when they made little appearences in 3 Willows.

  16. Amy said,

    Ann,I have read all of your books and am really excited to hear that you are in the process of writing another. I am also curious to know if it will be an adult or young adult book? The sisterhood series is one of my favorites, and I loved "The Last Summer of You & Me" as well (so either way i'll be happy). 🙂

  17. Kathryn said,

    Ironic, I played piano very intermediately when I was little and I quit for god knows what reason and years and years later i have had a sudden interest in taking lessons again. I was bored with the piano when i was young but now i'm just infatuated with the music it makes and its elegance. Good luck and I hope you get better music is a great gift to possess.

  18. Anonymous said,

    Is there going to be a movie for your book "The Last Summer (of you and me)"?

  19. Anne said,

    I LOVE the movie groundhog day! I read on this site that you were writing another book in the sisterhood series. Is that true? What is three willows about? i really want to know what kostos means by some day REALLY REALLY REALLY bad! please consider writing another book in the sisterhood series. I am writing a book called PATHWAY TO THE STARS, and its about a girl who goes to greece from new york and sees all the beautiful stars, and she falls in love in the moon light. (her name is Marly)your #1 fanAnneps- isn't it cool that we have the same name? writing is my favorite thing to do, and i try to come to this site everyday

  20. Amber Penoske said,

    I absolutley love The Last Summer. It was an amazing book. I often found myself wanting to be Alice. There were so many parts in there all women want to happen to them at some point in there life.If there are other books such as this one that Ann has wrote, I would love read them.

  21. Sydney said,

    Oh my god. I really liked Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 3 Willows, and The Last Summer (of you & me). That one's more adulty…it was good anyway!Sydney really liked your books. Keep on a writin! =DFrom, Sydney.Keep up that Inspiration.

  22. Kelsey said,

    I have started reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series for a school project. I started to really enjoy it. I love how there are four different characters, but yet they are still so close no matter what. I also love how how there is at least one charecter that everyone can relate to. I think I'm a little bit like Bridget and Carmen. How about you??

    • Hannah said,

      i totally agree that it’s awesome, and I can relate to those same characters.

  23. Gordon Torch said,

    Hi there guys, every human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but never see or feel those of the future

  24. Anonymous said,

    I am in my 30's and taking piano for the first time…about 2 and 1/2 years now. It is maddening to not be able to make it sound the way i want and to make mistakes! my teacher/ friend says i'm too much of a perfectionist…. Really enjoy your books…i read the Sisterhood series as an adult and was fascinated by the mother/daughter relationships. Looking forward to your next book!

  25. Hannah said,

    has been playing piano for 5 years. Loves it too.

  26. Yuzon said,

    When will the next book be realeased?

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