THE SECRETS SISTERS KEEP | HarperCollins/Avon | Women's Fiction | release date: 10/12/10
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I am enjoying meeting readers at booksignings and other events for THE SECRETS SISTERS KEEP. Also, this is the first time I have noticed a surge - no, make that a tsunami! - of Internet activity - it's fun to "chat" with bloggers, tweeters, and Facebook-ers who love to read. Of course, in between it all, I'm busy working on the next book!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I never look back. I'm afraid that would annoy my characters.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a million favorite authors. I read whatever inspires me in the moment, from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO to the Sunday New York Times. Sometimes I enjoy mysteries; sometimes non-fiction. I don't often read women's fiction because it's hard for me to separate the "writer at work" from reading for pleasure.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, although I've noticed that my last few books tend to have a lighthearted, sometimes downright humorous, side.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes - I've been doing this for nearly 20 years! My early books (14 of them) were published under my real name, which is Jean Stone. They are a bit more serious than the Abby Drake romps (3 of those to date!).
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No - I'm one of those people who can honestly say that writing chose me, I did not choose it. I never wanted to do anything else: I always felt it is the point of me being here. I did not know how or when I'd do it, only that I would. It took a while. :)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sit in your chair; turn on your computer.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
Some read; some laugh; some simply shake their heads.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
Whatever time I spend "working", I am writing books. Over the years, I have also spent a great deal of time writing copy for advertising and marketing.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I outline pretty extensively. Then I write, and the outline becomes more of a guideline because I change things as I go along. For me, as long as I have a fully-formed idea about my characters and the plot, I then feel confident in allowing them to take over at some point. If that makes any sense.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
My Red Sox baseball hat. I call it my Thinking Cap.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I sit in my chair; turn on my computer. :)
What main genre do you write in?
I love almost everything about the process of writing except finishing a book. I hate letting go of the "friends" I've made over many months, those nice and sometimes not-so-nice characters that I've laughed with, cried with, and lived with every day.