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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21


Sandra-Brown wrote:

I believe it's #73.

I'm hoping it becomes my 58th New York Times bestseller.

Fingers crossed!


Definitely keeping fingers crossed for you! 58th NYT bestseller? WOW.
Will you ever stop writing on this current schedule? Or do you plan to keep going indefinitely because you love it so much? 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Thea,

 

My characters are much more fascinating than I am!  I never confuse them with myself.  However, that said, there's no way any writing can write with total objectivity.  I'm sure my views on certain subjects are revealed subconsciously.

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I wasn't familiar with the term, but when I began doing the movie research for the novel, I ran across it.  It was perfect for the title.
That's wonderful, to find something perfect like that. Now, I know from reading all about you that you're something of a perfectionist. How does that translate into doing your research? Do you keep meticulous notes, etc.? 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Becke. . .thank you for being a fan for so long!

 

I've got fingers crossed that SMASH CUT will be my 58th New York Times bestseller.

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

"And,yes,my characters "talk" to me.  In fact, I watch them, and when they do something or say something, I write it down."

 

That's great!  No wonder your characters are so believable.  How do you keep track of ALL of them?  Do you keep a 'directory' of characters and do you revisit characters from previous works?

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

I love it!

I have the best job in the world!  I get to tell stories for a living.  Lie, essentially.  Writing is too hard to do without loving it.

 

Last year I wrote an extra book, something entirely different for me.  It's a quiet little story, not a thriller or myster, set in 1934 in Texas, during the Depression.  It's called RAINWATER.  It comes out in November -- in time for holiday gift-giving, and I think it will be a perfect gift book.  Ordinarily I write only one book a year, but this story insisted on being told!  You can hear me talking about it, and how it came about, on YouTube.

 

I don't plan to retire any time soon!  When I'm asked, I say, "To do what?"  Because there's nothing I love doing as much as I love writing.  Unless it's reading!

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KFZuzulo wrote:

"And,yes,my characters "talk" to me.  In fact, I watch them, and when they do something or say something, I write it down."

 

That's great!  No wonder your characters are so believable.  How do you keep track of ALL of them?  Do you keep a 'directory' of characters and do you revisit characters from previous works?


Great question, K.! Sandra, if I were you I'd need a multipage spreadsheet -- but maybe you have a different method?
Bethanne 

 

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Sandra-Brown wrote:

I love it!

I have the best job in the world!  I get to tell stories for a living.  Lie, essentially.  Writing is too hard to do without loving it.

 

Last year I wrote an extra book, something entirely different for me.  It's a quiet little story, not a thriller or myster, set in 1934 in Texas, during the Depression.  It's called RAINWATER.  It comes out in November -- in time for holiday gift-giving, and I think it will be a perfect gift book.  Ordinarily I write only one book a year, but this story insisted on being told!  You can hear me talking about it, and how it came about, on YouTube.

 

I don't plan to retire any time soon!  When I'm asked, I say, "To do what?"  Because there's nothing I love doing as much as I love writing.  Unless it's reading!


It's great to hear how much you love writing. Now, while I'm digging out the YouTube link to post here another question for you: What are you reading right now?
Bethanne 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist.

When I'm writing, I write the story first, because I feel that's the most important element.  It's all about story and character.

Then I go through and make notes on all the facts I must check and what I need to research.  I make appointments with whomever is the "expert," then I say, "Here's my scene.  This is what has to happen.  Tell me how it could."

I don't try to impress my reader with how much knowledge I have on a subject, and I resent a writer who tries to impress me!  I'm much more impressed with good storytelling and character development.

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Everyone, here is the link to Sandra's video in which she talks about her November release, Rainwater:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx7goNWz8Cc 

 

You can pre-order Rainwater here

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Actually, I miss some of the characters!  The Tylers from the Texas! Trilogy spring to mind.  I loved all of them, even their mom!

 

There's a character in SMASH CUT named Dodge Hanley.  He's a secondary character, but I liked him so well that I'm now doing a book about him.  In SC, he's rather a burn-out.  I wanted to explore and find out what made Dodge the cynic he is.  I haven't carried over a character since my romance writing days, and then I did it only a few times.  This is a new experience!

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Sandra-Brown wrote:

Yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist.

When I'm writing, I write the story first, because I feel that's the most important element.  It's all about story and character.

Then I go through and make notes on all the facts I must check and what I need to research.  I make appointments with whomever is the "expert," then I say, "Here's my scene.  This is what has to happen.  Tell me how it could."

I don't try to impress my reader with how much knowledge I have on a subject, and I resent a writer who tries to impress me!  I'm much more impressed with good storytelling and character development.


What is the greatest lesson about storytelling that you've learned since you wrote your first book? 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

No,  I don't use a spreadsheet, because Amie, my assistant, has just informed me that Julie Rutledge in SMASH CUT is a name I've already used -- in MIRROR IMAGE!  Sorry!  It's not the same character.  But I guess I need a directory!
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Actually, I miss some of the characters!  The Tylers from the Texas! Trilogy spring to mind.  I loved all of them, even their mom!

 

There's a character in SMASH CUT named Dodge Hanley.  He's a secondary character, but I liked him so well that I'm now doing a book about him.  In SC, he's rather a burn-out.  I wanted to explore and find out what made Dodge the cynic he is.  I haven't carried over a character since my romance writing days, and then I did it only a few times.  This is a new experience!


This is one of the things I love hearing from novelists -- when a character becomes so interesting to them that they give that character his own book, or a completely new chapter, etc. Will Dodge Hanley's book be your next one after RAINWATER?
Bethanne 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

I'm reading a romance by Elizabeth Hoyt.  This is the first time I've read her, and I was curious because she popped up on my Kindle as "recommended."  I'm loving it! 

Next is Lee Child's GONE TOMORROW.  I don't stick to one genre, obviously!  I read what I'm in the mood for.

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No,  I don't use a spreadsheet, because Amie, my assistant, has just informed me that Julie Rutledge in SMASH CUT is a name I've already used -- in MIRROR IMAGE!  Sorry!  It's not the same character.  But I guess I need a directory!
HA! I think that that happens, even to authors who haven't written 73 books! 

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

The first several pages of my very, very first book were a travelogue -- exactly what I was talking about earlier.  I was trying to impress my readers with how smart I was about an area.  The story began on about page 8.  I used that example in a seminar on how NOT to begin a book.  Since, I've  learned to get into it immediately.  Hook the reader on the first page, the first paragraph, the first sentence if possible.
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Yes, that's the plan.  If Dodge, et al, cooperate!

 

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Re: Sandra Brown, August 17-21

Sandra,

When you've written the last line of a new work, does it go directly from your computer to your agent's, or do you have a trusted reader go over it?

-Kellyann

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Sandra-Brown wrote:
The first several pages of my very, very first book were a travelogue -- exactly what I was talking about earlier.  I was trying to impress my readers with how smart I was about an area.  The story began on about page 8.  I used that example in a seminar on how NOT to begin a book.  Since, I've  learned to get into it immediately.  Hook the reader on the first page, the first paragraph, the first sentence if possible.
Sandra, that is an excellent lesson for aspiring writers in any genre, and goes back to what you said about research -- no need to impress readers with details that don't serve your story and your characters.
Speaking of characters...what's the biggest lesson you've learned about THEM?
Bethanne 

 

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