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Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Exactly why is Susan Elizabeth Phillips your dear friend?
Jennifer Crusie: Susan Elizabeth Phillips is everything I aspire to be in a writer, a Comic Genius with Incredible Insight into the Human Condition, so I stay close so I can be just like her. I remember the first time we met. It was in an elevator in Dallas. It was magic. She got off at the next floor.
SEP: What do you like most about Susan Elizabeth Phillips?
JC: I think it's her modesty, her willingness to give to others. And her shoes.
SEP: Which Susan Elizabeth Phillips book is your favorite, or do you love them all too much to choose?
JC: Heaven, Texas because I love a Cinderella story.
Also her last one, whatever it is when whoever is reading this is reading this. The one that's on sale now. That one. It's amazing and you should buy it. There's probably a button for it on here somewhere. Hit that button.
SEP: Oh, wait! This is supposed to be about YOU? Sheesh... For those who haven’t read it and are waiting breathlessly, share a little something about your new book Maybe This Time?
JC: Maybe This Time is my version of The Turn of the Screw. It's about a woman who goes back to tell her ex-husband that she's marrying somebody else and takes a job caring for two orphans he's inherited who are living in southern Ohio. When she gets to southern Ohio, she finds out the kids are delinquents and the house is haunted. Also, the ex-husband? Still very hot.
SEP: What is special about this book?
JC: It's a ghost story! And a love story! With kids! It's a Romantic Comedy Ghost Story With Kids. By me!(You don' t have a copy because it's not out yet. We'll send you one as soon as we get them. Pretend you've read it and it's the most amazing book EVER. I did for you.)
SEP: What gave you the most difficulty writing Maybe This Time and what gave you the most joy?
JC: Difficult--Ghosts. Ghosts are not easy to write without getting cheesy. Also, I generally do not write horror so the I-wants-to-make-your-skin-creep parts were a real departure for me.Joy--The kids. I'm living with two little girls right now, ages eight and 11, and I stole from them to write Alice. Alice was so much fun to write. Not so much fun to live with in the book, but to write? Alice rocks.
SEP: How do the stories you want to tell now differ from the ones you wanted to tell when you started writing? How are they the same?
JC: Such good questions. Are you a writer, too? Oh, wait. Never mind.I had no idea how difficult writing fiction was when I started so I just wrote stories. Then I Learned My Craft. Now I spend a lot of time staring into space, thinking about how much I don't know and panicking. So it's harder. But the books are better, more complex, better structured, better written. Also I'm kind of over that Oh-My-God-They-Have-To-Have-Sex-Right-Now-Let-Me-Describe-It-In-Graphic-Detail. I figure anybody reading my books has either had sex or seen it on cable so maybe there's something more interesting in the characters' lives to describe in depth. Like, oh, GHOSTS!
SEP: You're an amazingly entertaining writer. Are you funny in real life? (I know the answer to this, but I'm thinking all of your readers might not.)
JC: Well, not as funny as Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who is a Comic Genius, but I have inspired a few chuckles here and there. Mostly, no.
SEP: Once I start a Jennifer Crusie book, I can't put it down. I know your loyal readers feel the same. What's your secret? (Please reply in 10 words or less because I hate making things too easy on you.)
JC: I do everything Susan Elisabeth Phillips does, except backwards in high heels. (That's twelve words. We can cut the "Elizabeth Phillips" part if you want.)
SEP: Did you finally get your messy office cleaned up so it looks as good as mine? (Oops... This is about you. I keep forgetting.)
JC: Yes. And then it got messy again. Because I'm a creative person and we creative people cannot be bound by the shackles of conventionality that stifle the expression of those who feel compelled to clean their offices. How's your office look?
Crusie (Bet Me) is back on her own--after a couple of books written with Bob Mayer--with a sweet, offbeat romantic tale of second chances. Thirty-four-year-old Andie, hoping to cut the ties that still bind her to rich ex-hubby North, winds up instead getting drafted to "fix" the troubled orphaned children of North's cousin, who live with a grouchy housekeeper and a crew of ghosts that have an interest in the kids and their gothic mansion home. But there's no ordinary fix for this unruly bunch of living and undead as Andie tries to cajole them all--troubled and lonely kids Alice and Carter, dead aunt May aiming for a do-over, newly dead Dennis, and ancient spooks Miss J and Peter--into moving on. Crusie's created a sharp cast of lonely souls, wacky weirdos, ghosts both good and bad, and unlikely heroes who are brave enough to give life and love one more try. You don't have to believe in the afterlife to relish this fun, bright romp.
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The first few pages give no indication of what comes next. I couldn't put the book down.Published 2 days ago by Annette Capuzzo
Jennifer Crusie writes in a happy positive really funny skilled way that captures your attention.Published 22 days ago by althea
I like Cruzie's work very much...she is really good at dialogue, and she clearly understands the joy of a GOOD story. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Chrisanne Gniechwitz
This was an okay book. Overall, I liked the story line but felt the characters weren't developed enough, it just felt lacking something.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
"Maybe This Time" is a great read!!! I was taking away by the story line and characters. I did not expect the story line to turn out the way it did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Andy Miller, is ready to move on with her life. She and her first husband, North, divorced ten years ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marissa Marchan
Love ghost stories with a dash of romance. Nice easy read. Definitely will read more by this author good bookPublished 3 months ago by Brenna Stetson
A fun take on The Turn of the screw. The story had a few actually scary moments and a solid mystery. Interesting characters that you were invested in.Published 3 months ago by Sara Luellen