Eeeeeek! I am so excited to be welcoming Jane Green to Novel Kicks especially as it is publication day for her new novel. Hello Jane. Thank you so much for joining me today. Can you tell me a bit about your latest novel, Falling and how has your writing routine changed over the time you’ve been writing?
Falling is my first big, epic love story in a while. I wanted to narrow it down to two people, and draw from my own story, in that I met my husband three days after my first marriage ended, by renting his beach cottage. The story goes off in a very different direction, but I loved writing about these two people who I grew enormously fond of. My routine is much the same in that I still leave my house to write, and am still finished by lunchtime, but entirely different in that the landscape of the world has changed, and hours a day are spent maintaining a presence and building a following on social media.
Do you plan much prior to beginning and do you edit as you go?
I plan my characters, and sometimes my story, although I prefer to have a rough idea of the arc of the story and let the characters then tell it. I do a cursory read through every day of what was written the day before, and might make minor tweaks, but I save the major edits until I have finished.
Which fictional character would you like to hang out with for a while and what would you do?
Right now I would quite like to hang out with Claudette from This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell because I am immersed in her world.
Which song do you think best describes you?
Seventeen by Janis Ian.
If you could click your fingers and live anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
For someone who is thinking of or in the process of writing a book for the first time, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give them?
Writing is a discipline – write, whether you are inspired or not, and keep writing until you reach the end.
Jane Green is is published in over 25 languages, and has over ten million books in print worldwide. Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including
anthologies and novellas, and features for The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and Self. She has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking, and has a weekly column in The Lady magazine, England’s longest running weekly magazine.
She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks. A cancer survivor – she has overcome Malignant Melanoma, she also lives with Chronic Lyme Disease, and believes gratitude and focusing on the good in life is the secret to happiness.
Her new book, Falling was released today (14th July 2016) by MacMillan and is available in most UK bookshops.)
Jane’s website: http://www.janegreen.com