I'm always giddy with excitement when an author I adore writes another book.





Lisa Steinke: What is your favorite thing about your book?

Isabel Gillies: My favorite thing about the book is everyone in it. While writing I was reminded everyday how awesome people are, sort of in general. Everyone from my mother to the lady that helped me at the bank are so interesting and multifaceted – and good – even in less than perfect circumstances. I never have been a fan of black or white and what I have learned while writing these books is that everyone is a shade of grey and that is fascinating to me.


LS: What was your highest point while writing your book? Your lowest?

IG: My highest points while writing this book or any other are those “zone moments”. Those times when you are writing (my husband says he used to get them taking math tests) when it’s like something else has taken over. Your not stuck, or looking for words, or wondering if you are thirsty. You are just writing from someplace deep down inside your self and you are in a zone. That is awesome. The lowest point was one night at around 3am when I was feeling awful and tearing myself apart for writing about people in my life other than myself. It couldn’t be easy to have someone write about you and have it be published and sometimes I find myself in real crisis about it, even though I feel that I am writing from a positive place.


LS: How did you come up with the title for your book?

IG: I had a hard time with the title. For a long time it was called Good Love, but then I had to change it. I though of it one day when my friend told me there was a study that said people fall in love in six seconds. I thought, “Yeah, I did that!” And then about 20 minutes later I had the title.


LS: If you could see one famous person (living or dead) reading your book, who would it be?

IG: Hands down Nora Ephron.


LS: What is the last book you read? What is the next book you want to read?

IG: I just finished Lily Tuck’s I Married You For Happiness. Great title right? It’s a thoughtful book. And next, once I get through all the fall issue food magazines, will be Catherine The Great by Robert Massie.


LS: What's the best compliment you've received about your book?

IG: Well it’s always amazing when I hear that it’s helped someone – and that’s really the point, but my husband’s friend who is married with four kids said that the book taught him something about what being a single mother was like, he said sheepishly that he had never considered that before and now he feels like he learned something. That was cool.


LS: Describe your book in three words.

IG: Oh shucks; Honest, fast paced and fun?


LS: Nook or book?

IG: Book


LS:  Are you working on another book? If so, any hints?

IG: I am writing a YA novel about first love. It’s called Beside Me, it takes place in New York City and it’s really fun to write.


Can't wait to read it, Isabel! Thanks so much.


To learn more about Isabel Gillies, visit her website.

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