Holly Peterson: Bestselling Author on “The Idea of Him: A Novel”

March 15, 2014

TWE Radio Guest Holly Peterson

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Holly Peterson, a former award-winning producer for ABC News and bestselling author whose new book, The Idea of Him, is about a career woman and mother whose shattered dreams about her marriage and her life, force her to confront her deepest fears and find her greatest strengths.

 

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Interview: Romance Novelist Rachel Van Dyken on Writing for a Cause

Rachel Van Dyken, romance novelist

Novelist Rachel Van Dyken/Photo: Greg Hoskins

By Diane Mannino (@Diane Mannino23)/Author of Running from Romeo and the sequel, Waiting for Romeo/October 23, 2013

@RachVD

Can you imagine being 28-years-old and having written over twenty-four books in just three years including several bestsellers? A dream come true for many, but it’s a reality for Rachel Van Dyken. She’s reached the number one spot on the New York Times list with her popular romance novel, The Bet, but it’s her recent release, Ruin, that has people talking.

“…every month we’re donating to ‘Make a Wish’ or another organization for people who need help to pay their medical bills. I really want to use ‘Ruin’ as one of those platforms to help people.”… Rachel Van Dyken

With Ruin, Rachel has not only captured the hearts of readers, she’s also helping to support causes that are close to her own heart.

As a self-published author, I was curious to find out more about the prolific Rachel, her self-publishing exploits, her writing process and her passion for helping others through various means. I had the pleasure of chatting with her and discovered she’s just as lovely as one of her female protagonists from her many books…. [Read more...]

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TOP 10: Ann Leary Writes About Secrets

 Ann Leary, author of "The Good Home"

Ann Leary Writes About Secrets: Judith Newman–nytimes.com–2/4/12–Photo: Andrea Wise

You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide by Jane Heller

Jane Heller's book on caregiving, You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill YouON TWE RADIO MAR. 16-17: In You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You–A Caregiver’s Guide (Chronicle Books), Jane Heller shares her own experiences as a caregiver and offers advice from experts.  She learned firsthand about the subject from taking care of her husband, Michael, who is afflicted with Crohn’s disease and was a “frequent flier,” a patient who lands in the hospital often.

The book includes workout exercises, healthy recipes, and a candid, funny approach to a subject that can be deadly serious.

Jane spent a decade promoting best-selling authors and turned into one herself.  Now, with thirteen novels under her belt and nine of which sold to Hollywood, she is in a league of her own.

 

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COMING TO TWE RADIO: Lee Woodruff Returns to The Women’s Eye

Lee Woodruff, author of her debut novel, "Those We Love Most"We are delighted to welcome back Lee Woodruff to TWE Radio. She’s a writer (this is her third book), CBS This Morning Contributor, and motivational speaker.  She talked about her upcoming debut novel, Those We Love Most, last year on The Women’s Eye with Stacey Gualandi, and we’re delighted that it’s just been published.

She’ll guest with Stacey in October (date to be announced) on 1480KPHX  and discuss recovering from loss, the resiliency it takes to move forward and a host of other topics.

Lee Woodruff book, "Those We Love Most"Lee authored Perfectly Imperfect-A Life in Progress and In an Instant, co-written with her husband, ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff , who suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of being hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.  They both work tirelessly for Remind.org, their foundation to assist those wounded in the service and their families.

Don’t forget to tune in to TWE Radio Oct. 27 and 28!

 

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Author Ann Patchett’s Mission to Keep Indie Bookstores Alive

Ann Patchett book jacket photo | Photo: Melissa Ann Pinney

By Katie McCarroll/May 24,2012

Her resume is impressive and diverse—award-winning author of New York Times’ bestsellers, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report If you were presented with that eclectic vita, which author would immediately come to mind? How about American novelist and co-bookstore owner Ann Patchett?

Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder"She is often best known for her 2001 novel Bel Canto, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Over the past year, she has been touring to promote her latest novel, State of Wonder.

But what’s really making waves for her recently is her stake in an independent Nashville, Tennessee bookstore called Parnassus Books How many authors go so far as to opening up their own shops, especially in this time of financial uncertainty?

Parnassus debuted in November, 2011 after two other Nashville bookstores shut their doors.  On her recent tour, she confirmed that starting this business was a much bigger process than writing a novel.

Although owning a bookstore was not her passion in life, she said she decided to do it as a gift to her fellow Nashville residents who otherwise would have been left without a local place to buy books.

I had the opportunity to hear Ms. Patchett speak earlier this month when her tour brought her to Changing Hands, my local independent bookstore in Phoenix. It was immediately clear that Ms. Patchett has a passion for her new business as well as for books in all their physical, papery, printed forms.

With Parnassus, she’s on a mission to keep bookstores alive in communities.  She explained eagerly that they are  a place to hear authors speak, to take the kids for storytime, and to have a real, live person recommend books for you based on what you’ve already liked (or not liked, as the case may be).

The day last year when she opened the store, her excitement bubbled into a heartfelt, impromptu speech.  She could hardly suppress her excitement as you can see here.

Not only is Ann working to keep community bookstores relevant in increasingly “wired” populations, she’s also attempting the daunting task of combatting “showrooming”–the consumer trend of trying out products in brick-and-mortar stores with the intention of purchasing them online at discounted prices–by educating her followers on the negative effect this has on stores, especially the independents.

This is a difficult battle in a time of economic recession, when budgets are tight and dollars count for both consumers and retailers, but ”showrooming” is a major problem facing bookstores around the country.

Patchett discussed Parnassus Books during her recent interview on The Colbert Report.

Ann shows her love of literature and her passion for her work as an author through her entertaining novels and her lively bookstore appearances. When I heard her speak , I had only read State of Wonder.  It is about a pharmacologist named Marina Singh, who is assigned to travel to the Amazon jungle and track down a missing field researcher.

Ann explains the plot more fully here:

The novel is entertaining, but I was amazed to discover that hearing her speak about it was just as enjoyable. She brings an incredible amount of energy to the room. She is confident and well-spoken, with a good sense of humor and a story for nearly everything.  

Ann elaborated on how she enthusiastically researches each aspect of the novel; how she comes up with character ideas; and the process she follows for writing each of her books.  Once she’s committed herself to a novel, she said, she doesn’t allow herself to begin writing a new one until that one is complete.

Ann Patchett, authorShe affirms that she writes what she would want to read herself, and in the case of State of Wonder, she wanted to create a novel with a strong female character who neither falls in love nor is victimized by men—a surprisingly rare occurrence in the world of fiction.

By the end of her appearance, I felt that Ann had proved her point about bookstores perfectly.    It is wonderful to have a place in the community to interact with authors and fellow book lovers.

I had a great time and left the event thinking, “Wow! I’m really glad I came. I should go to book signings more often.” And somehow seeing an author speak amidst a sea of packed bookshelves feels just right.

Do you have a favorite contemporary writer? Remember Ann Patchett’s mission and support your local bookstores whenever your special author comes to speak there–and anytime you need a good read.

And you can follow Ann’s blog here.   See her recommended reading list.

Lead Photo: Melissa Ann Pinney

About the Author:

Katie McCarroll is a freelance writer from Phoenix, Arizona, where she likes to escape from the summer heat by hiding out indoors with a good book (or two).

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Best-Selling Author Pam Houston On Contents That May Have Shifted

Pam Houston and Dante her wolfhound

Pam and Dante in the San Juan Mountains, CO.

By Anita Jones

TWITTER: @pam_houston

Pam Houston, known for her cowboy-loving and adventure-seeking novels, lives in her own paradise on this remote Colorado ranch at 9,000 feet near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. And she brings that natural world with her wherever she goes. She recently kicked off the book tour for her new novel, Contents May Have Shifted, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her before her talk at Book Passage, in Corte Madera, CA.

“It is so obvious for me to write autobiographically and then to shape it into a story…it’s like breathing or eating.” Pam Houston

Contents is her fifth book coming after two collections of best-selling short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat. Once you talk with Pam for a few minutes you soon understand that her job as a writer is to experience the world and come back to write truthfully about her observations. On top of that, Pam is very easy to talk to. We laughed a lot!… [Read more...]

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Lisa See On The Joy Of Writing And “Dreams Of Joy”

Lisa See

UPDATE 4/4/14: Lisa’s newest book, China Dolls, is coming out June 3 and getting a lot of attention from her fans. It’s set in San Francisco before World War II and promises to be another bestseller.

By Pamela Burke

TWITTER: @Lisa_See

Best-selling novelist Lisa See has been fascinated with Chinese culture and female friendship ever since she published her first book “On Gold Mountain” in 1995. This “Los Angeles treasure,” as she’s been called, is now the author of seven popular novels with the release this year of “Dreams of Joy.”

“…write 1,000 words a day and one charming note. I now say that to anyone who will listen.” Lisa See

Lisa See "Dreams of Joy"When “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” a master work that has been translated into 38 languages, made its way to the silver screen, our reviewer Sue Podbielski praised its seldom portrayed theme of women’s loyalty and friendship.

We were delighted when we could talk to Lisa on “The Women’s Eye Radio Show” and hear more about how she “cuts to the bone” when she writes. She’s working on yet another novel, but she took time out to talk to us about the love she has for her craft. Here is Stacey Gualandi’s interview… [Read more...]

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