I am super excited to have Jessica Warman by the blog today for an interview! I am a huge fan of Jessica Warman’s books, her book Where the Truth Lies was one of my Top Books of 2010 and I reviewed Between earlier this month.
Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless, Where the Truth Lies, and Between. You can find her on her website http://jessicawarman.com/.
If you could have lunch with one of your characters, who would you choose?
Definitely Richie! He’s based very heavily on my husband (except for the drug dealer part!), so I know we’d have a great time!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That’s an easy one. I would go to Greece and run the marathon. Not a marathon; the marathon. That’s definitely a lifelong dream of mine.
If you could go back in time for one day, where would you choose?
Hmmm. Okay, I’ve got it. Before my husband and I started dating, we were good friends. One night during our freshman year of college, when we were both 18, we stayed up all night talking outside our dorm. At the time, he had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend. (Scandalous, I know!) All we did was talk, but I can remember leaving him around dawn and thinking with absolute certainty that I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him, as soon as possible. I was beyond giddy with excitement. I’d love to re-live that night.
Which is harder for you to write: The first line? or the last line?
The first line. The last line generally comes to me when I’m still working on the early parts of the novel. I might not know what comes between the middle and the end, but I generally have a good sense of that final line and the image I want to leave in the reader’s mind.
Could you tell us 5 random facts about you?
1. I live in the woods, and my house gets horrible cell reception. I love it, because sometimes when I’m having a conversation with someone and I don’t want to talk anymore, I can just hang up on them with impunity and blame it on the bad signal.
2. I am the opposite of a hoarder. I loathe any form of clutter, and am constantly throwing stuff out to avoid too much accumulation of stuff. For the first year we lived in our house, we didn’t have any living room furniture. It was great. Sometimes I’d go into that empty room, sit down on the floor, and just relax… it was like my version of a padded room.
3. When I was in college (I think a junior), I took a bet that I could live exclusively on cheese puffs until I developed scurvy. (The disease that sailors used to get from lack of vitamin C.) I lasted about a day and a half. It wasn’t a very good experience.
4. I was Mikhail Gorbachev (the leader of the Soviet Union in the 1980’s) for Halloween in the third grade.
5. I love pickled eggs and have been known to consume them by the half-dozen.
Do you have any routines you like to follow while you are writing?
I need to have absolute silence when I write. I typically have to set an alarm for a few hours later, because it’s common for me to get so caught up in the story that I completely lose track of time. When I’m close to being finished with a book, or sometimes when I’m starting one, I like to spend three or four days at a hotel, locked in my room with the “do not disturb” sign up, writing all day long. It’s bliss.
Thank you so much for stopping by Jessica!
Thanks Jessica for stopping by!