07-21-2009 06:10 PM
07-21-2009 06:10 PM - edited 07-21-2009 06:14 PM
I do swim regularly -- at least twice a week. Right now I'm training for a sprint triathlon (or at least I was training, until this whole book tour kicked in), so I'm doing most of my swimming in open water, which I especially love.
I can't even imagine training for a "sprint triathlon;" I've only ever trained for a 10K run, and that was eons ago...so here's my next question. Do you have any plans to write about this training? Also: How does pushing yourself physically compare to pushing yourself mentally (i.e., writing)?
07-21-2009 06:12 PM
Thanks! My sister and I share your books. It is a tradition for one to send it to the other. Just recently she got married and while we were sitting around talking about old times with the family, she mentioned how she freaked my dad out one day. Good in Bed was sitting on my bed (the original cover with the long legs) and my dad came upon it. "Who's is this?" He asked my sister "It's Darla's. It's an instructional book." Hehehe. I think that is my sister's favorite story of all time.
HAHA. Jen, no doubt you've heard a version of that story before, but it's still funny -- especially when you consider the bunny slippers on the hardcover jacket!
07-21-2009 06:14 PM
Hi! Liz again with ANOTHER question...
What are your thoughts on the transition from novel to screenplay? Were you happy with how IN HER SHOES turned out? Was that a fun experience?
07-21-2009 06:14 PM
I think most novelists will tell you that there's never as much freedom as when you're writing the first book. There's no guarantee that anyone will ever read it, but there's also no pressure -- no agent, no editor, no readers of previous books to worry about disappointing.
And with GOOD IN BED, the name of the game was catharsis. I was writing specifically to make myself feel better. And it worked! Especially when I named the bad boyfriend Bruce Guberman. I think that was the first time I'd smiled in six months, just walking around my apartment muttering "Guberman!"
07-21-2009 06:19 PM
When IN HER SHOES was optioned, I'd just had a baby, so I made a conscious decision that I'd told the story I wanted to tell on the page, and I was going to let the filmmakers tell the story they wanted to tell on the screen. It turned out to be a very good decision -- it let me focus on being a mother, and working on my next book -- and, luckily, I was VERY pleased with how the movie turned out. I think there were great people involved at every step of the way -- great producers, an incredible screenwriter, an amazing director -- and they made good choices.
07-21-2009 06:20 PM
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07-21-2009 06:22 PM
I would like to write about the whole sprint triathlon experience, except I think my writing would pretty much amount to "Ow ow OW OW OW," and also, there's a book called SLOW FAT TRIATHLETE that pretty much encapsulates my experience with the sport.
The good thing about the sprint distance is that by the time you get bored -- or injured -- doing one thing, it's time to do something else.
07-21-2009 06:23 PM
07-21-2009 06:24 PM
As a fellow pottymouth, my writing partner and I had to go through and de-F word our manuscript. We still left some in, but we would literally have conversations about whether this was and F word or S word situation. Do you go back and de-F your books too so they play to a more general audience?
07-21-2009 06:26 PM
I can't say that I blame you for not wanting to write "OW!" hundreds of times, but I will say that I loved your descriptions of Addie's growth as a swimmer.
I was also fascinated by her miniatures work; I kept wishing I could go "see" one of her detailed little paintings.
07-21-2009 06:27 PM
07-21-2009 06:28 PM
I was thinking about MsDramatic sharing your book with her sister; right now, my teenaged daughter reads and loves your books, but my younger daughter (11) is too young for them. Will you ever consider writing YA fiction?
Or maybe Certain Girls was more autobiographical than you would like to admit and you are already writing YA fiction under an alias. Hehehehe.
07-21-2009 06:29 PM
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07-21-2009 06:34 PM
No! Don't clean it up. Make it dirtier!!!
Even after we cleaned ours up, I still felt nervous when my MIL was reading it. She had no idea what kind of pottymouth she was dealing with!
07-21-2009 06:35 PM
I tend to write in coffee shops -- my sad attempt to replicate the atmosphere of a newsroom -- so I'll listen to whatever they've got on. It's more of background noise than iPod blasting for me...but I can't work out without music. At all.
Jen, I'd be very interested to hear what you think is going to happen to newspapers -- and to news in general...