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Nancy Thayer, today's guest author, has written 30 novels, including A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, A Very Nantucket Christmas, and The Hot Flash Club. Families and friendship and the beautiful island of Nantucket are the inspiration for her novels, and they've been translated into fifteen languages, including Lithuanian, Hebrew, and Finnish.
Nancy has two grown children and four grandchildren. She's lived on Nantucket for 34 years with her husband Charley Walters. Nancy grew up in Kansas, so every morning when she looks out the window at the harbor, she reminds herself never to wear ruby red slippers, and she never clicks her heels!
Please welcome author Nancy Thayer to the book club. Nancy said that she would love to read your comments. Say hello at her Facebook page.
How many people do you know who spend hours every day sitting alone in a room talking about people who don't exist?
Writing requires a certain isolation. I know some writers who are able to work in a Starbucks or even the coffee shop at Target, but they don't interact with the real people there, they ignore those people and place an invisible screen around them so they can concentrate on fictional people. When we're writing, we don't always dress attractively, or brush our hair, or even our teeth. I write first thing in the morning, as soon as I've made my cup of coffee. I carry it up to my study with me, shut the door, and turn on the computer. In the winter, I wear my flannel pajamas and my beloved and ancient robe, which has been washed so many times the nubs on the chenille have worn down, and which is stained from various coffee spills, but works as a special blanket works for a child. In the summer, I throw a silk kimono on over my T-shirt and underpants.
When our books are published, like caterpillars who've been swaddled in a cocoon, writers burst out of their hideaways like butterflies. We find our best clothes--if we can still fit in them after the winter--put them on, and travel off to various cities and towns to speak and sign books at bookstores and libraries. If we seem almost giddily happy to see our readers, that's because we 'are' giddily happy to see our readers! (Remember, we've spent nine months in the attic with imaginary characters.)
When readers tells us they like our books, our gratitude is absolutely real. Our books are like our children--and often just as hard to manage--and don't we all want our children to be loved? Every kind word a reader shares with us, in person, on Facebook, or in an email is bliss to a writer.
We love to see our readers, too, to know who they are, where they come from, and why they like our books. We often subconsciously snap up one woman's fabulous dress and another's sparkling necklace and yet another one's laugh to give to a new character in our new book. We love hearing about our readers' dogs and cats and children and husbands and hobbies. We're so fascinated by people it seems we should work as entertainment directors on a cruise ship.
But like vampires, we can last only so long in the light of the real world. Our new characters start pacing around in our minds, getting into arguments, falling in love, and we have no choice but to wave a grateful goodbye to the real world and return to our solitude...and to the characters we dearly hope our real people will come to know and love.
Nancy would love to read your comments. You can leave them at her Facebook page.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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THE SUBWAY GIRLS (Fiction) by Susie Orman Schnall
A fast-paced and satisfying story of two strong and ambitious women, that's rooted in a fascinating part of history. The novel follows two storylines: 1949's Charlotte competes in Miss Subways. And 2018's Olivia learns about Miss Subways while doing research for an advertising pitch. Their narratives intersect as both women pursue their dreams and follow their hearts professionally and personally. Go to: AUTHORBUZZ click on THE SUBWAY GIRLS to read more and to email author Susie Orman Schnall, you'll get a reply.
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