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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#Author Chat with Will North @WillNorthAuthor #Contemporary #Women #Fiction


Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?
I get my support from a group of lunatic friends I see every morning at a coffee stand here on the island. Some of them are, like me, ex-New Yorkers, which means they’re wise-guys. We spend our time (as all New Yorkers do) insulting the heck out of each other and laughing our heads off. It is a wonderful way to start each day.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
At least nine hours.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Yes, my eighth and twelfth grade English teachers, who believed in me and my writing. I’m still in touch with the twelfth grade teacher and have told him how much he meant to me. He’s a big fan.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Being able to pay the mortgage. It’s that simple.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
My readers tend to be middle aged women who read voraciously.  However, I have never previously had to concern myself with how to market to them, so this is completely new. My new publisher, Booktrope, is helping with this.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
My latest novel, “Seasons’ End” is about three families who have spent the “summer season” at their beachfront cottage compounds on an island in Washington’s Puget Sound for generations. They are closely connected from childhood, inter-marry, share careers, and have many secrets. On one Labor Day weekend a series of betrayals is revealed which effectively destroys all that history. And yet it is, like my other novels, a love story.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
Lately, because I have started a new mystery series based in England, I would say Dorothy Sayers, from the British Golden Age of mysteries; Martha Grimes, an American who writes mysteries set in the UK but who also is hilariously funny; and perhaps the English author, Peter Lovesey, who creates a splendid sense of place in his mysteries based in Bath.  And, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I am always writing. I don’t relax. Just ask my wife…
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax?
I would be the last person to offer such advice.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I used to write eight to ten hours a day, seven days a week (largely because I was on crazy ghostwriting deadlines). Now I write about six to seven hours a day, starting at about 10:00 am and with breaks to walk the dog.
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?
The first thing I do is read and edit what I wrote the day before. Then I plunge ahead. I don’t outline; that feels like a straightjacket to me. I just press ahead and see what happens next. I am surprised every day.
Every summer for generations, three families intertwined by history, marriage, and career have spent “the season” at their beach cottage compounds on an island in Puget Sound. Today, Martha “Pete” Petersen, married to Tyler Strong, is the lynchpin of the “summer people.” In childhood, she was the tomboy every girl wanted to emulate and is now the mother everyone admires.

Colin Ryan, family friend and the island’s veterinarian, met Pete first in London, years earlier, when she visited his roommate, Tyler. He’s loved her, privately, ever since. Born in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, son of a bar owner, he’s always been dazzled by what he sees of the sun-kissed lives of the summer people.
But this summer, currents strong as the tides roil: jealousies grow, tempers flare, passions clash. Then, on the last day of the season, a series of betrayals alters the combined histories of these families forever.
As in previous novels, The Long Walk Home and Water, Stone, Heart, with Seasons’ End, Will North weaves vivid settings and memorable characters into a compelling tale of romance and suspense.
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Genre – Women’s Contemporary Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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