Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview with Elin Hilderbrand

By Melissa Patafio
Today is a great day at Chick Lit Central! Elin Hilderbrand, author of "Silver Girl" and many other amazing novels, has taken the time to answer a few questions of mine. Elin is one of my favorite authors and I have NEVER been disappointed after reading one of her books. The first book of Elin's I read was "The Castaways" while I was on Nantucket and Cape Cod last summer and I am hooked. So for all of my fellow Elin Hilderbrand fans, enjoy! And for those of you that have yet to be introduced, I hope you will have the pleasure of reading one of her books very soon!

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1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I've traveled pretty extensively already -- I've spent five winters living in Australia with my kids, and my husband and I have also taken them to Vietnam and Thailand. We've been to Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize, Morocco, South Africa. We've trekked in the Himalayas in Nepal; we've been to Singapore and Hong Kong. So the places that remain on my list are: Macchu Picchu, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Egypt, and some really good quality time in Paris (I've been there twice, but as a backpacker).

2. How do you come up with your story ideas? Are some inspired by real events that have taken place on Nantucket?
My story ideas come from a variety of places. The idea for my novel Silver Girl came from the real-life story of the Madoffs. However the novel I'm currently writing, Summerland, developed out of a serious situation at Nantucket High School; without getting into too many details, let's just say I decided I wanted to write about Nantucket's teenagers.

3. What made you decide to settle on Nantucket Island?
To paraphrase John Denver, when I arrived on Nantucket in 1993 at the age of 24, it was like coming home to a place I'd never been before. I came for the summer that year, and when August 31st rolled around, I had to leave and it was like having my heart ripped out. I knew then that I would be back for good -- and I was, the following summer.

Thanks to Elin for answering my questions and to Sarah Hausman from BookTrib for arranging the interview.

Although we're not having a giveaway this time, we'd still love to hear your thoughts on Elin's books or anything else Elin related!

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