With more than 10 million books sold, in over 25 languages, you don’t need me to introduce you to Jane Green. Today, as her 18th novel, Falling, launches in the U.S., Jane shares some thoughts about her writing practice, inspirations, and books she has loved lately. If you’d like to meet Jane, find book tour events here. If you are in New York City tonight (July 19), lucky you. Get thee to the Upper East Side for a conversation with Jane Green and Emma Straub (author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers)! Without further ado, meet Jane:
What have you learned from parenting, or from your own parents, that you bring to your work as a writer?
I was very much an invisible child, and always say I became a writer because I was a reader; I found my solace and joy within the pages of books. Invisibility as a child can manifest as an adult who needs to be seen. I don’t know that I write for attention, but it is the way I can best express myself, and the way I am seen.
Where do you write? What do you love about it?
I have a little office in the bowels of the Westport Country Playhouse. I get too distracted at home, and suspect that renting an office would be too isolated. I need to be surrounded by people and feel in and of the world, whilst still having enough privacy to write.
If you had a motto, what would it be?
Do As You Would Be Done By.
Who inspires you?
Strong women who understand who they are and make no apology for it.
What charity or community service are you passionate about?
The MRA, Melanoma Research Alliance, for funding research and drug development that has completely changed the prognosis of stage IV melanoma.
What are you reading now, and/or what book do you recommend?
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal has been one of my favorite books this year – a lush, sweeping story of a girl who likes to cook, and all the characters in her life; Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, which is an astute and quirky observation of a couple of Brooklyn families; and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, which is raw, edgy, and exhilarating.
Jane Green is the author of 16 New York Times bestselling novels, and a regular contributor on radio and TV, including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show. When Jane is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks. A cancer survivor – she has overcome Malignant Melanoma, she also lives with Chronic Lyme Disease, and believes gratitude and focusing on the good in life is the secret to happiness. Jane lives with her husband and blended family in Westport, Connecticut. (From http://www.janegreen.com).