Monday, February 15, 2010

STILL LIFE: AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
STILL LIFE

BY JOY FIELDING

ABOUT THE BOOK:

New York Times
bestselling author Joy Fielding delivers a riveting tale of suspense about a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death.

Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be -- and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse.

"It is Fielding's ability to get under the skin of her characters -- and her readers -- that has made her such a dependably bestselling author," says the Calgary Herald. Smart, suspenseful, and overwhelmingly addictive, Still Life is a novel her fans won't soon forget.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I've always loved writing and found that it came relatively easily to me. I sent my first story off to a magazine when I was eight years old. The magazine was Jack and Jill, and the story was rejected. I also wrote plays that were performed by myself and a group of friends for our captive parents during summer vacation at the cottage. This became a yearly ritual and only stopped when I was about twelve and started going to camp instead. At twelve, I wrote my first TV script, the story of a twelve-year-old girl who murders her parents. Like my story to Jack and Jill, it, too, was rejected. Still, just the thought of it caused my parents many a sleepless night. I continued writing all through my teen years--I was always the kid being asked to read her compositions out loud in English class. In my last year of high school, my English teacher announced to the class that I was going to be a writer, something I hadn't really decided myself. GO HERE TO READ JOY'S COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY ON HER WEBSITE.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

I am so excited that Joy Fielding agreed to an interview. Now that I have read two of her books, I want to know more about her AND read the rest of her work. Thanks to Joy for taking time when I know how busy she is with her latest book, THE WILD ZONE, due out in just a few weeks. Please welcome to BOOKIN' WITH BINGO, the amazing Joy Fielding!

1. What is the next or current book/project you are working on?


I am working on a new novel set in Ireland, titled “Preferred Lies.” It’s about a woman on holiday in Ireland who sees the daughter she believed has been dead for two years.


2. What have you just finished reading?


I just finished two books, “Star – How Warren Beatty seduced America” by Peter Biskind, and an advanced readers’ copy of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” by Nancy Pickard.


3. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?


Anything by Philip Roth and “Play It As It Lays” by Joan Didion, although I don’t write anything like either of them.


4. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?


It can be any or all of the above. Sometimes it starts with a character. More usually it starts with a plot idea. Occasionally even a street sign – for example, “Mad River Road” will appeal to me as a title, and I take it from there.


5. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?


I’m pretty much an open book, as it were. Maybe some people don’t realize how serious I am about what I do and how much effort goes into my writing, so it would be nice to have people appreciate that.


6. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?


Read, read, read. Also, do an outline. It really helps focus your thoughts.


7. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?


Again, that it’s not as easy as it looks. Especially when you’re writing suspense, you have to plot things out very carefully. Nothing should happen by accident and nothing in the book should be extraneous. Everything an author puts on the page should be there for a reason. Having said that, making up stories is the best, most fun thing there is to do, and I recommend it highly to anyone with both the necessary discipline and imagination to do it.



GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO DAVID AND THE FINE PEOPLE
AT SIMON AND SCHUSTER PUBLISHING,
I HAVE TEN COPIES OF THIS EXCITING
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT
YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!



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HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON ANY OF JOY FIELDING'S BOOKS YOU HAVE READ, OR WOULD LIKE TO READ, OTHER THEN STILL LIFE BY GOING TO HER WEBSITE HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON JOY FIELDING'S INTERVIEW OR "ABOUT THE AUTHOR" BIOGRAPHY

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85 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

I would like to read her book, Whispers and Lies.

seriousreader at live dot com

Linda Henderson said...

The book she is working on now Preferred Lies based in Ireland sounds like a really intriguing book.

seriousreader at live dot com

Sue said...

I haven't read any others, but Heartstopper looks good! Thanks for the giveaway.

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skkorman said...

I haven't read any of her books yet but "Tell Me No Secrets" sounds good—please enter me to win!

Sheila
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skkorman said...

Fielding suggests to those who would like to be writers that they read, read, read ... and make an outline.

Sheila
skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Margie said...

I have read Grand Avenue.
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Margie said...

Her advice to new writers is to read, read, read! She suggests also to work from an outline.
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tawnda said...

HEARTSTOPPER sounds very good too

g.g. said...

I haven't read any but would like to try Lost

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g.g. said...

She sent plays and stories off to be published as a child but was rejected.

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tetewa said...

This would be a new author for me, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

wheresmyrain said...

I actually just read "Puppet" and think it was my first Fielding book and LOVED it, so I would love to read something else of hers

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wheresmyrain said...

I really like how in the interview she stresses that the writing, while suspense/mystery is still serious writing and should be appreciated as such. i think this is so true of any genre catagorized fiction, it makes it hard

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Pricilla said...

I have read SEe Jane Run
thank you
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Linda Kish said...

I'd like to read The Other Woman

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Linda Kish said...

Her first story at age 8 was rejected by the magazine Jack & Jill

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little bird said...

i'd like to read the wild zone

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Tell Me No Secrets also looks good.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I was surprised to see she likes Philip Roth! And I loved that she sent her first story out when she was 8!

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Debbie said...

I haven't read any of her books:(
Missing Pieces sounds interesting.

Debbie said...

It's interesting that a street sign can trigger an idea for a book.

traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I have read Kiss mommy Goodbye. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeff said...

I would love to read LOST!

Thanks for the contest

jeffintennessee at gmail dot com

traveler said...

She makes a point to stress reading and how important it is. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeff said...

I was lucky to write my name at 8 years old!! let alone writing to a magazine!!!!

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enyl said...

I'm new to Fielding's work, how ever, I would like to read Puppet, Missing Pieces, and Charley's Web.

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enyl said...

I like the fact that the author doesn't believe in extrneous information and nothing happening by accident. As an active reader who enjoys piecing together the clues and attempting to predict the outcome before the end of the story, I truly appreciate the author's dedication to her craft.
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Jasmyn said...

I think Tell me No Secrests sounds good.

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Jasmyn said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:

http://jasmynninestuff.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaway-link-still-life-by-joy.html

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StephTheBookworm said...

This looks great! Please enter me in.

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StephTheBookworm said...

I want to read SO many of her books, including Charley's Web and Heartstopper. Thanks for introducing me to this author!

Jennifer said...

I have not read any of her books, but I would be interested in reading See Jane Run.

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kalynnick said...

I never read anything buy Joy but would like to read her book Whispers and Lies.


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Lisa R said...

blogged about contest at http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2010/02/bookin-with-bingos-contest-still-life.html

Lisa R said...

Commented on the "ROSES" BY LEILA MEACHAM review.

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Lisa R said...

"See Jane Run" was an earlier Fielding book that I absoluted loved. I don't think I laid it down once I started it. It was a page turner that keep you on edge, from the first page till the last.

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Lisa R said...

Fielding's book "See Jane Run" was an earlier favorite of mine.

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Lisa R said...

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Marilu said...

I love Joy Fielding! she is definitely a favourite of mine. I have read all but 4 of her books, 2 of which are out of print!
I really enjoyed Still Life, but found it a little different than her other books.
Unfortunately I can not enter, as I am Canadian. ( So is Joy! She is from Toronto, about 1 hr away from me~)

Wickdogg said...

I think I would like to read Tell Me No Secrets plus win this one..thanks for the chance

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Wickdogg said...

I found it interesting she like Philip Roth books and so do I

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jemscout425 said...

I have read See Jane Run
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jemscout425 said...

I'm eager to see how preferred lies comes out
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Amanda S. said...

I'd also like to read Puppet. Thanks!

Mash1195 said...

+1 I read a few of her earlier books like See Jane Run, The Other Woman and more. Am a fan.
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Mash1195 said...

+1 A street sign as a plot...wow
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bison61 said...

The only book I have read is See Jane Run and that was an excellent book

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Heather Y said...

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I'd really like to try reading "Lost"... thanks! :)

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Sarah Osborne said...

I would like to read "The Wild Zone!"

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Sarah Osborne said...

I found it interesting that she sent off her first story to a magazine when she was 8 years old!

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Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged!
http://myfavoritegiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/still-life.html

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MiscMayzee said...

I think Grand Avenue sounds interesting.

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MiscMayzee said...

I found this interest:

She mentions something I remember! I remember Jack and Jill magazine! I don't remember if I remember it from when I was a kid or from reading about it in other books though.

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Nicole said...

I read, and loved, Heartstopper.


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justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway.

She is a new author to me but, See Jane Run looks interesting as well

Alicia said...

Grand Avenue looks like it would be a good read.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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Bethie said...

I haven't read any of her books, but I would love to read Lost.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bethie said...

+1 She suggests that those who want to write should read, read, read. I tell my son that all the time. The more he reads the better his writing in school gets.
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DarcyO said...

I have not read any of her books, but The Other Woman sounds good.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...

The book she's currently working on sounds good, "Preferred Lies."

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

ellie said...

I just read the synopsis of Still Life to my husband and now we both want to read it. I would also like to read Charley's Web.
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ellie said...

I just learned that she sent plays and stories off to be published as a child, but was rejected.

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ellie said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/9451844870

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I have not read any of her boo but Don't cry now sound sreally good
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/isaiahsmom21/status/9462281182
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Colleen Turner said...

Hello,

I haven't read any of her books yet, but I always love to find a new author to follow! Puppet sounds really interesting.
Thanks,
Colleen
candc320@gmail.com

Isi and Jas' mom said...

daily tweet
http://twitter.com/isaiahsmom21/status/9498794939
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ellie said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/9543317480

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Benita said...

I read Whispers and Lies. It was excellent.

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Benita said...

From the interview I learned that Joy is working on a novel entitled Preferred Lies that is set in Ireland. I can't wait to read it.

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Wendy said...

I haven't read any of her books, but Tell Me No Secrets looks good.

Wendy
ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Wendy said...

The new book she is working on "Preferred Lies" sounds good.

Wendy
ebeandebe at gmail dot com

ellie said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/9711702387

Anonymous said...

a long time reader - surprised that she tried to publish at 8 years old. So young to realize what you wanted to do with your life. mjsinger500@gmail.com

ellie said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/9845032098

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CherylS22 said...

I've never read any of Joy Fielding's books but her backlist is full of books I'd like to try. If I had to pick just one, I'd pick "Puppet".

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

Ms. Fielding's next book, "Preferred Lies", looks like it'll be just as good as her previous books. Can't wait for it to be released.

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rubynreba said...

She send her first story off to the magazine Jack and Jill when she was 8 but the story was rejected.
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rubynreba said...

I would like to read Charleys Web.
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ossmcalc said...

I have not read any of Joy Fielding's books as of yet. From her list, I would also like to read Whispers and Lies.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I am a high school math teacher. It is interesting to me how a high school English teacher announced to her class that Joy Fielding would be an author even though Joy had not realized it herself. It is amazing how much we know our students more than they know themselves.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/9893204511

Thank you,

Christine
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Nancye said...

I have never read any of Joy Fielding's books. After checking out her web-site I think I would enjoy reading "The First Time"

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Nancye said...

I learned that Ms. Fielding used to act in TV commercials. She also has a degree in English Literature.

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