Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jane Green's words of wisdom...plus a special giveaway

Introduction by Melissa Amster

We have featured Jane Green several times at CLC since we started the blog in 2010. And with her producing two books in one year, we are glad to have her back here so soon! (We just found out about her next novel, coming in June, so we'll be sure to schedule another visit then!) This time, we're featuring some questions from an interview she did with Sarah Hall Productions, along with some links to video clips, so you can listen to her lovely voice as she talks about writing, cooking, and health. 

I read Saving Grace earlier this year, when I received a copy from Pan Macmillan. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be sharing a review soon. However, the icing on the cake (which would be a very delicious one, if Jane had any part in making it) was when I read the acknowledgements at the end and found both my name and Amy's listed there. I have always been a fan of Jane's novels and was not expecting such an incredible thank you message as being mentioned in this way. I literally cried when I saw my name in print. It was like having a favorite actor name me in their Oscar speech, but even better because this is immortalized on paper by an author I've loved ever since I read Jemima J over 12 years ago! In addition, Jane also mentioned me in an interview she did earlier this year for A Drink With. (Although now I feel the pressure to come up with good casting choices for Saving Grace!)

You can find out all you need to know about Jane by reading this interview, watching the videos, and visiting her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Lots of special giveaways going on right here!

  • Thanks to Sarah Hall Productions, we have TWO US versions of Saving Grace. (US/CAN/UK eligible) 
  • Thanks to Pan Macmillan, we have THREE sets of scented candles and hardbacks of the UK version of Saving Grace. (Open worldwide)
  • And as a special treat in honor of the acknowledgement, I'm going to send a previous Jane Green novel to someone who hasn't read any of her books yet. So be sure to answer the bonus question on the Rafflecopter! I will personally choose a winner at random from those who are new to her books. (Worldwide. I will send an e-book outside of US/Canada.)
  • Plus, enter to win Tempting Fate from BookTrib. (US/Canada)

A Conversation with Jane Green

On her new novel, Saving Grace

Where did the inspiration for Saving Grace come from?
Initially from a bookkeeper we had employed who turned out to be dishonest, with a history of stealing we didn't discover until it was too late. I started to think about the assumptions we make that everyone we meet operates under the same moral code, and how betrayed we feel when that isn't the case. This led to creating Beth, who seems like the perfect assistant although Grace has a feeling from the start that she has another agenda, even though she appears so great, everyone thinks Grace is crazy. Including, after a while, Grace herself.

What was it about Grace as a character that intrigued you?
I knew nothing about bipolar disorder until three years ago, and have now learned an awful lot, which I wanted to explore on the page. Also, we have a propensity to repeat the patterns of our childhood; we recreate situations that are somehow familiar to us, and I loved the idea of Grace growing up in a difficult, volatile household, and how this would explain why she would remain married to a man like Ted. Many people reading the book would urge her to leave, but when you understand how walking on eggshells is entirely familiar to Grace, I think it helps you understand why she stays.

What do you hope readers take away from Saving Grace?
Grace's lessons were ones I had to learn the hard way, primarily that we should always trust our intuition; that when that little voice tells us something is wrong, we must listen to it, and that we have to be our own advocates when it comes to our health - do not ever let a doctor or health professional talk you into something you think is wrong, and inform yourself as much as you can. As a friend of mine who is very high up in the medical industry recently said: if a doctor tells you not to look up the medication on the internet, that's the sign of a bad doctor; go and find someone else.

Video: Watch Jane share a sneak peek into Saving Grace.

On Food and Cooking...

How does your love of food and cooking influence your writing?
There's always at least one character who is either a foodie or a cook, and I have included recipes in a couple of the books. I show the people I love that I love them by gathering them in my kitchen and feeding them, so no surprise that most of my characters do the same thing.

Video: Jane cooks a Chess Tart and discusses her love of cooking and food.

On Health…

You revealed in an Op-Ed piece last summer that you’d been diagnosed with malignant melanoma. What made you decide to go public with your personal health information? And what’s the update on your prognosis?
Malignant Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, yet one few people take notice of. Breast cancer survival rates are now so much better thanks to people realizing how important regular mammograms are, but few people think about their skin, or understand the importance of having annual check-ups. Malignant Melanoma is the most dangerous of the skin cancers, yet one that can be so easily prevented and treated if caught early enough. If I can help one person, have one person go to get checked who wouldn't otherwise have thought to do so, it has been entirely worthwhile to go public about my story. My own mole was 1mm, with mitosis. I had the wide leg excision surgery, and a lymph node biopsy. Everything came back clear, happily, so I am looking at a future filled with spray tans, and three-monthly check-ups.

Video: Jane discusses her own experience with misdiagnosis, over-medication, and her real-life inspiration for Saving Grace.

On Writing…

Are your characters ever based on people you know?
Sometimes, but usually only a visual snapshot, or the idea of someone I know. Within a couple of pages the characters have always taken on their own attributes and characteristics, and of course behave in ways the people you thought they were based on would never behave.

Video: Jane shares her real-life inspirations and influences on her writing.

You’ve written fifteen New York Times bestselling novels. What’s the most important advice you’d offer to an aspiring writer?
That writing is your job, and has to be done every day, whether you feel like it or not. That the most important requirement is discipline; that you will be hit with writer's block over and over, and the only way to break it is to keep writing anyway. I would also add, write the story you need to tell rather than the one you think will be a bestseller.

Video: Jane discusses working in her "writing room" and her favorite writing spots.

Thanks to Jane Green for making us feel loved and for the lovely interview she did with Sarah Hall Productions that we were able to share on our blog. Thanks to Sarah Hall Productions, Pan Macmillan, and Tandem Literary for sharing Jane's books and prizes with our readers.

How to win: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you have trouble using Rafflecopter on our blog, enter the giveaway here.

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48 comments:

Kelly M said...

My favorite Jane Green novel was Family Pictures.

TinaB said...

I haven't read any of Jane's books yet. Looking forward to though!!

Kathy A. LaMaster said...

I am looking forward to "Saving Grace!"

Connie said...

Saving Grace!

Bonnie Franks said...

I have not yet read a Jane Green novel. I feel like I know her and her writing from reading reviews and following her on social media. I believe I started following her for a contest, but I have remained because I enjoy her interaction with her followers, and because I know I would like her books. I believe I would like to read Tempting Fate first.

Janine said...

I have heard so much about Saving Grace, I can't wait to read it.

susieqlaw said...

I love all the books. My life has evolved as I've read Jane's books.

Dawn T said...

My First book by Jane was Jemina J and I too fell in love with her novels. My favourites are Bookends and Swapping lives, I can't wait to drive into this new novel!

Anonymous said...

Fave Jane Green book is Jemima J. Would love to read Saving Grace

Susan R said...

I have never read any books by Jane Green. I would like to read Tempting Fate first. Thanks

Linda Kish said...

Another Piece of My Heart is the only one I have read and I loved it.

Tami said...

I've never read any of her books but would love to!

jpetroroy said...

I loved Jemima J.

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

I love Jemima J. I own most of Jane's books!

Chrissy Wolfe said...

I haven't read a Jane Green novel yet, but I really want to. They are on my list!!

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any of Jane's books yet, but I'm looking forward to reading them. Thanks for having this giveaway.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I loved Mr. Maybe

Heather said...

Bookends was my favorite!

jodi marinich said...

havent read any of jane's books yet

holdenj said...

I liked Swapping Lives.

Bonnie K. said...

Jemima J was the first book I read by Jane Green and that continued my love for her books.

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Bube said...

My favourite Jane Green books is Jemima J - really great book! :)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

bn100 said...

never read this author; maybe this book?

Kristy Zuverino said...

I want to read Saving Grace!

Debbie E said...

Jemima J was the first Jane Green book that I read and I absolutely loved it.

traveler said...

My favorite is The Beach House. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Preston said...

I have not read any of her books yet. I think I would love to begin with SAVING GRACE.

Summer Grinstead said...

I've not read any of her books but they have been on my "to read" list for years! Thanks for the chance!

Debbie Rhoades said...

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her books yet, but am looking forward to reading Saving Grace.

Nova said...

I would love to read Saving Grace. I haven't read any of Jane's books yet, but they are all on my TBR list.
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Anonymous said...

One of my favorites is Swapping Lives.

Suzy

Jilleen said...

I really enjoyed A Piece of my Heart. I read it while on a long plane ride to China!

Thanks for the giveaway

Jill at Seaside Book Nook

Trifecta Perfecta said...

I haven't read any of her books yet but I am very interested in Tempting Fate

Vivian Vereeke said...

I haven't read any of her books yet,but I think The Beach House and Mr. Maybe look pretty good.

Jennifer L. said...

I loved Saving Grace.

Viki said...

I have only read a couple of her books. I would love to read dune road or swapping lives.

Pam S said...

My all time favorite Jane Green book is Jemima J!

Suzanne said...

Babyville!!! Possibly because of when I read it, but one of my favorite books by Jane.

Carol D. said...

I have never read any of Jane Green's books so anything you send would be wonderful!

Sharon said...

Jemima J

Dolly said...

I haven't yet read any of Jane's books, but 'Saving Grace' sounds fantastic!

Rhonda J G said...

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I would like to read more. I read Saving Grace and liked it.

Melissa Riley said...

Looking forward to reading my first Jane Green novel!

Charlene Argaez said...

I've loved so many of Jane's novels, but really liked Family Pictures.

RW1010 said...

Jane's a new author to me, but after reading about her on your blog, I'd really like to read her books! Thanks for sharing!
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Ruth Lyons Mazur said...

I've been following Jane since summer and listened to the interview she gave about writing Saving Grace. I would love to read it, as well as all of her other books.

Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating!

I've decided to add one more winner from those who haven't read a Jane Green novel yet.

Congrats to Dolly and TinaB!

Dolly said...

Thanks so much!!