Naked Came The Author

August 29th, 2004 · 3 Comments
by Booksquare

As mentioned, debut author Gena Showalter is spending the week with us, and has fearlessly (if one can consider terror to be fearless — we do) agreed to answer any and all questions. No really, she said (and we’ll paraphrase in the interest of space), “I’ll talk about anything. Consider me an open book.”

We won’t say we knew her when, but we sort of did. In addition to her unflagging generosity (as evidenced by her critical reads of our work when we’re feeling particularly insecure, and this happens more often than we’d like to admit), she’s a rising star for both HQN and Pocket Books. While her debut novel, The Stone Prince hits shelves this week, six others are due in short order. Which leads us to our first question for Gena — but don’t make us probe her psyche alone; use the comments section to put her to the test (or email us — we’ll post on your behalf with only the smallest, in our estimation, hint of your true identity).

So, Gena, seven books. Wow. What were you thinking? How do you manage it all? How does the whole thing work — how many books were finished before you sold, how many were in the kind-of-written stage, and how many are in the wings? What advice would you give us, should we ever be fortunate (or is it unfortunate?) enough to find ourself in this situation?

File Under: Wrapped Up In Books

3 responses so far ↓

  • Sasha // Aug 30, 2004 at 11:10 pm

    I’m very eager for the answers to these questions as I’ve always said that I couldn’t work on more than one project at a time. . .and somehow I now have three on the go. And all quite different in style. I’m not so sure this is good for me…but What the __ I’ll try anything once. *g*

    How do find a balance between the projects??

  • Sasha // Aug 30, 2004 at 11:20 pm

    ok…I’ve now found the answers in the next post…I’m having a bit of a time navigating here…but I htink I have it figured out now…and will try not to be the out-of place poster again. *blush*

  • Gena Showalter // Aug 31, 2004 at 6:28 pm

    You’re doing great!! I always take a break between projects. Usually four weeks if I’m on schedule. I have been known to put something off until the last minute. (Bad Gena). I need to work on that.