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24 01, 2012

Interview: Lynn Weingarten, author of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers

By | January 24th, 2012|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Interview: Lynn Weingarten, author of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers

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Please welcome Lynn Weingarten, author of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, who took the time to answer our interview questions!

Interview

With Lucy’s new Sisterhood, it seems that the members (Liza, Olivia, and Gil) live a very consequence-free lifestyle. Lucy seems apprehensive throughout. She seems tentative to make the leap of faith in joining the group. Is that why the others in the group seem to be so relaxed? Does this lifestyle require a leap of faith initially?

Lynn: There definitely don’t seem to be a ton of external consequences for the Heartbreakers’ actions, but I wouldn’t say their lifestyle is consequence-free. In the next book some of the internal consequences will be revealed.

It absolutely would require a leap of faith to join the Heartbreakers. They’re so secretive!

In regards to the old adage of art imitating life

23 12, 2011

Interview: Caroline Preston, author of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

By | December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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Please welcome Caroline Preston, author of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, who took the time to answer our interview questions!

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What do you do with all the memorabilia you collect (other than make it into a fun work of literature) do you display it (how)? Keep it for craft projects?

Caroline: It’s proving a challenge to figure out what to do with boxes and boxes of 1920’s ephemera I collected for The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. I have limited storage space in my studio and I have to make room for my next project, so I am winnowing down.

I have framed some of the most beautiful magazine covers (from Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, McCall’s and Ladies Home Companion) and sheet music to hang in my studio. I am keeping the best 1920’s scrapbooks for my

1 11, 2011

Interview: Stephanie Dray, author of Song of the Nile

By | November 1st, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Please welcome Stephanie Dray, author of Song of the Nile, who took the time to answer our interview questions!

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Stephanie: Thanks for having me here today!

Every writer has a different process or schedule they follow when writing. What is your process like? Is there any specific place you like to go to write, or can you write anywhere? Do you have any rituals or foods/drinks that you simply must have in order to write?

Stephanie: Apparently, the only thing I need to write is a deadline. Then I will work myself to the edge of death, night and day, until I meet it. My process though, such as it is, begins with a very detailed outline and some structural decisions. I need to know what the journey of the heroine is…

How much time did you

17 10, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Anne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz

By | October 17th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , , , , |77 Comments

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Luxury Reading reviewer, Alisha Churbe, had the opportunity to chat with Anne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz (our review). Read on for Alisha’s thoughts on the chat.

After winning a Man Booker Prize in 2007 for The Gathering, Anne Enright has released a new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, and I had the opportunity to talk with her about the novel, her writing, success and failure.

Alisha: Congratulations again for the Man Booker Prize. Was it difficult to move to a new novel after the success of The Gathering?

Anne: Thank you. To be honest, it made me a bit grumpy, because it kept me from the desk. I felt like it was like another full time job on top of my other two jobs: as a writer and mom. But, I was very conscientious while on tour. I don’t

14 09, 2011

Interview: Heather Lynn Rigaud, author of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star

By | September 14th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , |6 Comments

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Please welcome Heather Lynn Rigaud, author of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star who took the time to answer our interview questions!

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First of all, we love the blog, austennights.blogspot.com – it’s a great resource for anybody looking for more beyond the story.

What drew you to Jane Austen’s works as projects for rewrite? Are you working on others at the moment?

Heather: I get that question a lot and for me, it’s always the Characters. Austen’s characters are so vivid and real, and I know I’m not the only one who spends time thinking about them and imagining them in different situations.

My next project is updating my first novel, Longborn and Pemberley Go to War for publication, and after that I’d like to play with Northanger Abbey a bit.

When you first developed the idea of FDRS, what

8 08, 2011

Chatting with David Nicholls, author of One Day

By | August 8th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |140 Comments

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One Day, the movie, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, will be in theaters on August 19th!

Our very own reviewers, Jill Arent and Jennifer Jensen, had the opportunity to chat with the author, David Nicholls. Read on for Jill’s thoughts on the chat.

On Spending “One Day” (Part of One, Anyway) with David Nicholls, by Jill Arent

Some days this whole writer/book blogger gig is simply too fun – and yesterday was one of those days. Thanks to the fabulous connections (and reputation) of LuxuryReading.com, I was fortunate enough to spend an hour on the telephone with David Nicholls, author of last year’s rather-big-commercial-deal love story One Day. The book has been developed into a film – opening August 19 – screen-written by David, and the call gave ten lucky book bloggers the opportunity to discuss reading, writing, movies, and the

19 07, 2011

Author on Author Interview (and Giveaway): Kim Wright and Sarah Pekkanen

By | July 19th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |30 Comments

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Please welcome Kim Wright, author of Love in Mid Air, and Sarah Pekkanen, author of Skipping a Beat for an author on author interview!

Kim: In terms of background, Sarah and I “met” on line when her publicist recommended my book, and although we’ve exchanged tons of emails, we’re never sat down face to face. Getting connected to other writers has been one of the unexpected pleasures of publishing a book!

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KIM: So many people believe they have a book in them. What does it take to go from “Someday I’ll write a novel” to actually writing one?

SARAH: Writing is like training for a marathon. You have to get out there every single day – if it’s raining or it’s cold. Runners don’t let little things like shin splints or the wind stop them

10 07, 2011

Interview: Andrea Kane, author of The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

By | July 10th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

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Please welcome Andrea Kane, author of The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, who took the time to answer our interview questions!

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Is there a specific element in your writing that you find most challenging?

Andrea: Balancing characterization and plot. A good suspense thriller has to be fast-paced and exciting. If the reader isn’t dying to turn the pages, I haven’t done my job. So there has to be a certain compelling urgency to the storyline. That having been said, I’m a firm believer that characters make the book. If you don’t care about the characters, why would you care what happens to them? So the trick is to develop those characters through their actions and interactions, while building the suspense right up to the end. If that’s not a challenge, I don’t know what is!

How much, and

6 07, 2011

Interview: Laura Dave, author of The First Husband

By | July 6th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Please welcome Laura Dave, author of The First Husband who took the time to answer our interview questions!

The First Husband is the June/July pick for the SheKnows Book Club!

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The First Husband is your third book, following London Is the Best City in America and The Divorce Party. How do you develop your story ideas and, if you had to pick a favorite so far, which would it be?

Laura: For me, my work on a book starts with a question. With London Is the Best City in America, the question was: How do we choose what we want our lives to look like? With The Divorce Party, I asked myself: How do we stay with one partner over the course of the lives we choose?

With The First

6 06, 2011

Interview: C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

By | June 6th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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Please welcome C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and answers a few of our interview questions!

How did you become interested in writing historical fiction?

I’ve always loved history; I grew up in southern Spain, near a castle that had belonged to Isabella and Ferdinand, and stories of the past were as real to me as the present. My mother gave me my first historical novel when I was eleven; it transformed me. Suddenly, the arid facts and events of history came alive for me. Reading historical fiction became my time machine that allowed me to go back and experience for myself the emotions and sensations of bygone eras. Simultaneously, I’d always written stories. Even as a child, I invented my own stories and even