02-01-2010 11:15 PM
My advice for people who spend hours staring at the same paragraph:
(Old Bob Newhart skit. Sorry.)
Look, you can always fix it later. Move on, write something fun. This isn't rocket surgery, unlax and enjoy yourself.
Then in the final draft you can panic.
02-01-2010 11:17 PM
I don't have A favorite, but there are some I like more. And the one I'm working on at the time is always by least favorite.
Let's see. Welcome to Temptation, Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman, probably. Although really, I like them all. No modesty here.
02-01-2010 11:20 PM
1. Write a synopsis:
Write one sentence that describes the opening scene.
Write one sentence that describes each of the three turning points.
Write one sentence that describes the climax.
Flesh out the plot to no more than two double-spaces pages.
2. Liz is Liz Danger the series character I'm working on now. She's a ghostwriter. I like her.
02-01-2010 11:25 PM
Thank you for asking, Becke.
Right now I'm working a four-book mystery series starring Liz Danger, a ghostwriter who travels around writing other people's lives. In the first one, Lavender's Dead, Dilly, Dilly, she goes home and gets embroiled in a wedding at which a bridezilla ends up dead. Second one, Rest in Pink, is at a beauty contest, Third one, Peaches and Screams is at a county fair. And the fourth one, Yellow Brick Roadkill, is at a high school play.
Then I'll probably go back to solos about Nadine Goodnight and Alice Archer, the eight-year-old in the book coming out in Oct, Maybe This Time, which is set in 1992. So Alice will be around thirty in the solo book.
I'm also working on a fairy tale collaboration with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich called Fairy Tale Lies, and another collab with somebody who wishes to remain anonymous for now. So lots of stuff.
02-01-2010 11:46 PM
Oh, I'm so excited that Nadine will get her own book! I love the Goodnights. Great name, too. You always come up with the best names -- Liz Danger is wonderful. I love the way you take names that aren't particularly fashionable and make them seem cool. I'm trying to recall if you've ever written a Gertie, Bertha or Myrtle. Only you could make me love a heroine with one of those names.
How did I not know about your mystery series? I haven't been going to Argh, Ink often enough. When do you have time to sleep with all those books in work? Oh, right -- you're here at almost midnight. Who needs sleep?
Are you still working on the Henry James story, the Agatha Christie-type story? I'm eager to read those!
02-02-2010 12:15 AM
02-02-2010 01:33 AM
Hi again Jenny - I don't know if you'll see this, but I just had an email from our mutual friend Jill. She's run into some sign-in problems and asked me to post this question on her behalf:
Wild Ride recieved a TOP PICK from RT . Yay !. But the reviewer used the words" hilarious demonic adventure". I get 'demonic adventure' but how does Jenny feel about 'hilarious' ?
02-05-2010 10:29 AM
This is from Jenny's blog:
There are eleven exclamation marks up there because that where you put The Cinderella Deal on the New York Times Bestseller list:
I absolutely did not see this coming–I don’t think anybody in New York saw this coming–so you all have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so, so much!
Addendum: Actually, we’re at number 10! Because I did not see the asterisk which means we’re tied with the book above, I thought we were #11 (well, there’s a big old #11 right there) but you did even better! I’m not taking away an exclamation point, though. That would just be wrong.
02-05-2010 10:30 AM
The Cinderella Deal has always been one of my favorites of Jenny's books. I just read the reissued paperback last night -- I'd forgotten how much I love that story! I'm going to send a copy to my daughter -- she can't have my copy, it's going on the keeper shelf.
02-19-2010 11:00 AM
I'm reposting something I just wrote on the First Look thread since it applies here:
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer's new book, WILD RIDE -- let me tell you, that is an appropriate title if there ever was one. At times, the ride is so wild I'm breathless, and I've been laughing out loud so much my husband thinks I'm nuts. I've decided to buy the audio version of this, because even though this book has a lot of romance in it, it's far from a traditional romance. I think -- scratch that, I KNOW my husband would like this book, but he'll never sit down and read it. I'll bring it on our next road trip.
How to describe this book? Well, think Stephen King's IT crossed with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and maybe a little bit of Dr. Who. And don't forget the romance, which these two write like no one else on earth. And who else would bring on evil demon minions (minions! love it!) who possess cute little teddy bears!
I love zany stories, and this one is a doozy -- like the roller coasters at King's Island, it's a real "Wild Ride!"
02-28-2010 07:40 PM
I reviewed WILD RIDE here:http://romancebytheblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/featu