Saturday, March 6, 2010

THIS ONE IS MINE: PREVIEW, INTERVIEW, AND GIVEAWAY

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THIS ONE IS MINE

BY MARIA SEMPLE


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She has escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.


AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Thank you to Maria Semple for agreeing to answer some interview questions. THIS ONE IS MINE is a very enjoyable and fun read and her interview is presented so you can get to know her better. I am sure we will be hearing more from Maria in the years to come!

1. Is there any personal information or websites you would like share with us before I forget to ask you?

Maria does have a website and I hope you all will visit when you have time as there is more information on it about the book and Maria. Here is the link: www.mariasemple.com

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

After TWO LONG YEARS of struggling with a novel that I finally abandoned a couple of months ago, I swore off writing forever. After a couple of days of yoga, museum-going and closet-cleaning, a new idea sprung into my head. It's only been about two months, but I've written more pages, and with more energy, than I did for those two years. So this is a good sign. (But I hope I didn't jinx it by writing about it here!)

3. What have you just finished reading?


I just finished rereading one of my favorite books of all time, LES LIASIONS DANGEREUSES by Laclos. It's an epistolary novel; so is the one I'm working on now. I loved this book back in college and I am happy to say I love it still. Anyone who hasn't read it yet, go read it now! It's romantic, hilarious, gripping, French-- everything you want in a novel.

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

Starting out, I'd have to say THE GREAT GATSBY. I think I read it for the first time in tenth grade. It was the book that made me understand there was more to a story than simply what happened in it. I had a great English teacher, one who changed my life, (Meg Ryan's mother, how cool is that?!) and it was she who taught me about symbolism, language, structure, point-of-view, and various other techniques a writer could use. What better introduction to that than THE GREAT GATSBY, right? It got me really excited about the idea of writing fiction.

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

A powerful feeling inside of me that is causing me to suffer. I zero in on it, then slowly build on it, first with a character, then a desire, then the opposition, etc. and eventually I have a story. I do this because the suffering will serve as much-needed fuel during the long slog it takes to write a novel. One of the trickiest things about the form is how long it takes-- one year, two years, three-- and you have to make sure the there's something about it deep down that can carry you through.

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

It's a rare sunny day in February in Seattle and I am hunkered down inside. I don't like the sun!

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

Read. And write the book you'd want to read. Don't think about what agents want, the marketplace or any nonsense like that. Write what you love. If you love it, they'll love it.

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

Every day I am so humbled and amazed that I wrote a book that got published. I've always been a voracious reader, and a devoted fan of many writers. To be in the same company with them is truly an honor.

Thank you, Maria, for a great interview!

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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70 comments:

Karin said...

Meg Ryan's mother was her English teacher in high school....

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Linda Kish said...

She is not a sun person.

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Linda Kish said...

She worked in television for 15 years writing for some pretty great comedies..Ellen, SNL, Mad About You.

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Francine said...

She just finished reading Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Laclos.

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ossmcalc said...

Maria does not like the sun.

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ossmcalc said...

I learned that college was at Barnard, where Maria had big plans of becoming a novelist or an English teacher.

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ossmcalc said...

I follow through Google Reader and email.

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Colleen Turner said...

I follow you via email, facebook and google friend...love your blog.
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Colleen Turner said...

She doesn't like the sun...good thing she lives in Seattle!
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Colleen Turner said...

Found out from her website that she spend the first two years of her life in Spain.
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Pam said...

I learned that she doesn't like the sun! I can't relate at all...

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Pam said...

I follow you in my google reader.

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Pam said...

Her dad wrote the pilot for the tv series Batman

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Pamela Keener said...

I am a follower via google and subscribe via e-mail
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Pamela Keener said...

Wow She is humbled and amazed that her book was published.
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Pamela Keener said...

Her father, while living in Spain, wrote the pilot for Batman. She wrote for Ellen, Bev Hills 90210 & my fave show Mad About You among others.
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Vera said...

I subscribe by e-mail. vvperesk@gmail.com

Vera said...

Very interesting that she doesn't like the sun! Never heard of that before! vvperesk@gmail.com

rubynreba said...

She just read Les Liasions Dangereuses.
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rubynreba said...

I follow your blog and also subscribe by email.
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rubynreba said...

She was sent to Boarding School at Choate Rosemary Hall and loved it.
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traveler said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

She does not care for the sun. I love the sun. saubleb(at)gmail(Dot)com

traveler said...

She lived in Spain in her early years. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

scottsgal said...

I found out Maria doesn't like the sun
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scottsgal said...

she went to college at Barnard
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scottsgal said...

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Edna said...

I follow you on google




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Edna said...

Please enter me into this contest, I found out that she does not like the sun and neither do I like outside.


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Edna said...

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Edna said...

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Charleydog said...

She went to college at Barnard.

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g.g. said...

She loved The Great Gatsby and so do I

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g.g. said...

I subscribe and follow with email

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g.g. said...

I follow with google friend

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g.g. said...

She wrote for Arrested Development

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Wickdogg said...

She found inspiration to write by taking yoga

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Wickdogg said...

I follow with email

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Wickdogg said...

She lives now in Seattle

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bison61 said...

she said Don't think about what agents want, Write what you love. If you love it, they'll love it.

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Debbie F said...

I follow on google reader and google friend

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Debbie F said...

I guess the thing that shocked me the most was that she doens't like the sun. wow

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

It's a good thing she lives in Seattle if she doesn't like the sun LOL...

Rebecca O said...

GFC follower. bekki1820cb at gmail

Rebecca O said...

I find it funny that she doesn't like the sun! Who doesn't??!! bekki1820cb at gmail

Isi and Jas' mom said...

I am a follower via GFC
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I learned that the Great Gatsby is the book that left a big impression on her
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MiscMayzee said...

I learned that she really liked The Great Gatsby (I really didn't. :D)

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MiscMayzee said...

Her dad wrote the BAtman pilot (awesome!)
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Jolee said...

....that she just finished reading Dangerous Liaisons..... joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

I check your site periodically and am a google friend.

Jolee said...

From her webpage, that she has an elite and finite list of friends.... ;-)

409cope said...

Maria wrote for tv shows including Ellen and Mad About You. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I already follow through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

Maria spent her first two years growing up in Spain. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Benita said...

I found out that Maria doesn't like the sun.

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Benita said...

Email subscriber/Follower via GFC.

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Benita said...

Here's something of interest-Meg Ryan's mom was her high school English teacher. Now that's a hoot.

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Cindy said...

I found it interesting how she found the motivation to start on her current book - such as cleaning a closet!

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Cindy said...

I love the author's website. I found it interesting that her dad wrote the pilot for the TV series Batman when his original intention was to write a play.

Interesting author! I can't wait to read her book.

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Cindy said...

I follow your blog on Google.

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Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter.

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Cindy said...

I also subscribe by email.

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liked her advice for people who want to be writers

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