The Best Laid Plans, Ballantine, Chick Lit, 1/11/11
Tru Newman, the heroine of The Best Laid Plans, is the fictional love child of The Mayflower Madam and Bridget Jones. After a lifetime of living in the shadows of her husband and ex-beauty queen mother, when the economy tumbles, Tru hatches a plan with her best friend to open an escort agency featuring over-forty "working girls." And by modeling themselves on Carla Bruni ("after she married the President of France, not before, when she was dating Mick Jagger"), their smart, sexy seasoned escorts become a big hit with a roster of 30-year-old clients. Still, as Tru's business-and confidence grows-her problems are just beginning.
Please describe your writing environment.
I work in The Writers Room (no apostrophe!). It's a communal space for writers in lower Manhattan.
Please tell us your latest news!
The Best Laid Plans was Parade magazine's solo book 'Pick' for 1/9/11.
The Best Laid Plans debuted as one of the top 100 bestselling titles on the Barnes and Noble Nook and #89 in contemporary women's fiction on Kindle.
The New York Daily News is running a one page interview about the book 1/16/11.
A party celebrating the book will be held 1/21/11, 7-9pm at Toys in Babeland, 43 Mercer St. (to rsvp: email@example.com)
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think--I hope--my style is very chatty, that as you're reading, you feel like yo uare standing with the characters, that you're part of the converstaion.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I would definitely say I'm a writer and that it's how I earn my living. But I am also the founder of a non-profit, Foster Pride, which mentors New York city foster children, and I have been a painter, a Tv producer, and for two years, I was the spokesperson for the hoisery association--so I've had a lot of varied jobs!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I started writing when I was a kid. I was the nerdy kid, the one who didn't have many friends, but I did have a pad and a pencil. I know it sounds corny, but I really turned to writing so I cound create my own world.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stick to it. Try not to get discouraged. If one person turns you down, try another. Try to meet other writers so you can network, they can introduce you to their agents and editors--when I was getting started, being a member of The Writers Room was a great help!
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
The characters really evolve as I'm writing them. I'll start out with an idea--in this one, it was that the heorine was a stay-at-home mom who was forced by the economy to go back to work--and then as the plot unfolds and the characters start "speaking," I find out more about who they are. For example, in this story, it was very improtant that the heroine herself was raised by an ex-beauty queen and that she never quite measured up to her mother's expectations.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My mom, who passed away this summer. She always believed I could do anything I wanted to and she made me believe it too. She was also my staunchest defender. When my cousin called her, excited that he had bought my latest book online, instead of being excited too, my mom yelled at him. "If you buy it as a discount, Lynn doesn't get her full royalty." Then she made him promise to get another copy, full priuce. (By the way, I'm happy to have fans buy books wherever they can get them-- just happy to be read!)
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
I do pick the titles, and I think it's very improtant to have the right one. "The Botox Diaires" for example, immediately caught everyone's attention--it summed up the zeitgeist. That title came to me immediately--I can't even say how. The next title, "Mine Are Spectacular," however, was an 11th hour pick--we went through lists and lists of possible choices! With the "Best Laid Plans," I would say the process was somewhere in the middle--it didn't come imemdiately, but it maybe only took one list. And when you have the right one, you know it!
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
When "Mine Are Spectacular" made the bestseller list Janice and I were on tour. We were in the car, driving on the highway, on our way to a Boston television show when we got the call from oru agent that we'd made the New York Times bestseller list!! We literally pulled off the road and started screaming!
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?
I wrote my first novel, The Botox Diaries, with a co-author, Jancie Kaplan, about five years ago. We wrote about six chapters and showed it to my spectactular agent Jane Gelfman, who made a two-book deal pre-emptive with Ballantine. And Ballantine has been great!
Do you have an agent? If so who and please tell us about them.
Jane Gelfman, who is smart and loyal and supportative and all of the thigns you want an agent to be!
What main genre do you write in?
I hope everyone enjoys the book--and if you read it, let me know, it's great to hear from readers! firstname.lastname@example.org (Sorry it's so hard to spell my name:)