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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?
Every book by Jennifer Crusie is worth reading over and over again. Maybe This Time is no exception. Read morePublished 6 days ago by REM
My Goodreads status update at 74%:
"Loving this book! Wishing I hadn't let it sit on my shelf for so long but happy that I finally made time to read it. Read more
I wasn't a fan of any of the characters. The hauntings were quite boring and corny. The conversations between May and Andie seemed to drag on forever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It has been too long since Ms Crusie’s last solo book, and this is worth waiting for. The characters are slightly bizarre but believable, and her descriptions of the less likable... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Coffee Time Romance & More
Fun read! Loved the characters and the twist! Hope she continues this character into a series!Published 3 months ago by Reader & Reviewer