Interview with Meg Wolitzer, Author of The Female Persuasion

I met Meg Wolitzer in Iceland. (How great is an opener is that sentence? I could hardly have invented better words to pass myself off as some sort of globetrotting, namedropping force.) I am going to have to tarnish the portrayal of my image a bit by fessing up that I didn’t just serendipitously encounter her traipsing up an Icelandic glacier or pounding bourbon in a Reykjavík bar; Meg was mentoring a group of aspiring writers at a conference, one of whom was me. But still. We have stayed in touch through the publication of my own novel this February and I am thrilled to be able to ask her a few writerly questions. The Female Persuasion is everywhere. I’ve seen it in the airport and heard it

Interview With Catherine McKenzie, Author of The Good Liar

I am having all kinds of success with my author interviews lately. This week is another biggie: Catherine McKenzie, who I met at the Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC a few years ago when she was a presenter. Catherine’s previous books have been highly acclaimed bestsellers, and her latest, The Good Liar, is no exception: named by Goodreads as one of the hottest thrillers of 2018, it’s been busy racking up starred reviews and killer sales since its release in April. I asked McKenzie to describe the book and, even though she’s a lawyer by training, she offered up a decidedly succinct recap: 1 explosion, 3 women, so many lies. Which is genius, because who wouldn’t want to read that book? In ca

An interview with Chris Bohjalian, author of The Guest Room

I’ve been a fan of Chris Bohjalian for years, so having the opportunity to ask him questions was the literary equivalent of my soccer-obsessed son getting to interview somebody on the FC Barcelona team. In case you’re not already familiar with him, Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of 18 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, as well as Midwives, which was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). I also received a

How To Love Researching Your Novel

Most of the time—to my surprise—I look forward to writing my weekly post for The Debutante Ball. This week, however, I dreaded it. This was for two reasons: first, last week’s post on the differences between the expectations and realities of publishing a novel completely drained me; and second, on today’s topic, I got nothing. Well, almost nothing. We are supposed to be writing about research: how much we did, how much wound up in our novels, what sources we used. I did minimal, if any, research for The Queen of Hearts. I had no clue how to write a novel when I started writing it, and figuring out how to do that consumed 100% of my brainpower. (Note to self: next time, read some books on how

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