ABOUT THE BOOK
As a fashion buyer at one of New York’s most glamorous department stores, Dana McGarry is a tastemaker, her keen instinct for fashion trends and innovative ideas coupled with a razor sharp business sense. But like the elegant and conservative store that employs her, Dana is caught between two eras—between being liked and standing her ground, between playing by the rules and being a maverick. Dana is sensitive and beautiful, but what you see is not what you get. Behind the cool and attractive facade, Dana is both driven by her need to control yet impeded by her expectation of perfectionism. As she competes to replace women at the top of their game, she is challenged by jealous colleagues. And when a wealthy love interest wants to open doors and support her ambition, she embraces Coco Chanel’s mantra of “never wanting to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” As the women’s movement paves the way, Dana finds a path to the career she wants at the expense of happiness that was not meant to be.
Steward captures the nuances of 70s life in New York City and provides the perfect backdrop for an independent woman determined to make her mark. What Might Have Been is a story that transcends any period.
Title: What Might Have Been
Genre: Literary fiction/women’s fiction
Author: Lynn Steward
1. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A pot of white tea with honey
2. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
3. What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
I’m pretty conservative, so I don’t recall anything weird!
4. Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably...
Reading or listening to a Podcast
5. What was the inspiration behind this story?
The story was influenced by my career and knowledge of the fashion industry, and my life in New York.
6. What is your guilty pleasure, I can’t miss it TV show?
When it’s on, I can’t miss Empire
7. What is one bad habit you would like to break?
If you could go anywhere real or fictional where would it be?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynn Steward, a veteran of the New York fashion industry and a buyer on the team that started the women’s department at Brooks Brothers, created the Dana McGarry series, set at a transformational time in the 1970s world of fashion and in the lives of multigenerational women. What Might Have Been is the second volume in the series. A Very Good Life, Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014.