Update on the contest: Last night I had to print out a book list and count ’em up. I did not count books that have been published in new editions, nor did I count story collections in which I had a story. I did count books I’ve ghostwritten (don’t do that any more), so that’s going to make it difficult for any of you who are trying to count on Amazon.com.
I think I’d better take Clyde’s idea and run with it. Since we’re no where near the number, why don’t you guess the number? The Face is my ____th book. The person who first gets it right will win TWO free copies (thanks for bearing with me). Have fun!
Kathy asked:What would you do if you didn’t agree with the edits? How much leeway/say do you have in the editing process?
If I feel STRONGLY about an issue and can make a case for it, then I usually do and it usually stays. Most of the time, however, I appreciate my editor’s experience and opinion, and defer to her judgment.
How hard was it to research the CIA stuff? Were there things you wanted to find out and couldn’t? (or they’d “tell you but then they’d have to kill you?!)
LOL. No–most of the CIA info was either found in books or on the Internet–and you’d be surprised how much you can find on the Internet. Some of the other material was written by ex-CIA agents who have written books about their work for the Agency.
And did you write the chapters in order (switching back and forth from Sarah to Renee) or did you sometimes write several focused on one and then fill in with the other?
I think there were a few times when I wrote a long stretch of Sarah chapters, followed by a stretch of Renee chapters, but I usually write chronologically. Occasionally, however, I break up those chronological passages and insert the other character’s chapter just to heighten the suspense.
How long did it take you to write The Face?
I think I spent about five or six months on The Face. I did take a little longer with this one, handing it in on October 1, 2007.
What is your most favorite book that you have written?
I honestly don’t have a favorite–that would be like picking a favorite child! If pressed, I usually say that my favorite is the one that just left my desk! Whew!
Tammy asked if I am a Red Hatter–actually, I suppose I am. I was a Pink Hatter in the Heavenly Daze chapter of the RHs, so now that I’ve turned fifty, I’m sure my hat is red! My RH name (chosen by the HD ladies) is “Her Royalest Angel of Heavenly Daze.” 🙂
And are there going to be any more Heavenly Daze books? At this point, it doesn’t look like it. Sorry.
Thanks for your questions! And thanks for coming along for another book of the month!