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Nicholas Sparks, photo credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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Nicholas Sparks on writing "See Me"
Interviewed by Tess Gerritsen, author of Playing with Fire
Q: See Me has elements of suspense that seem a bit different from your previous books. What made you want to write a thriller? Do you read a lot of thrillers yourself?
A: I do read a lot of thrillers – in fact, I’ve read many Tess Gerritsen thrillers! It’s my favorite genre as a reader, but I find it incredibly difficult to write ones that I think will satisfy sophisticated thriller fans. The Guardian was the first book in which I experimented with elements of suspense, and wrote about the dangers of obsessive love. With Safe Haven, I went a little further down that path. In See Me, I wanted to create a threat that emerged as an outside, completely unknown force – all the more disconcerting because the source of the threat could be anyone. I'll admit that I struggled mightily to get the suspense elements right while still delivering an original love story. I really admire you – and other writers of this genre – even more now!
Q: One of the themes of See Me revolves around the price we pay when trying to escape our past. How does the past inform the decisions of many of the characters in See Me?
A: The past plays a very integral role in the decision-making process of the characters in See Me. Colin and Maria are both haunted by their pasts but they deal with it very differently. Colin uses his past as a daily reminder of how to better himself as an individual, while Maria has withdrawn into what feels like a safe, familiar environment, and does her best to repress all thoughts of what came before. Other characters are fueled by their personal histories to inflict pain on others.
Q: Your books are often categorized as love stories, a genre that’s been traditionally dominated by female writers. ..and See Me, in particular, is written in part from Maria’s perspective. How do you write from a female perspective?
A: I've been lucky to have been shaped by many strong, interesting and emotionally complex women. Although she died when I was in my early 20's, my mother was a hugely influential person in my life – she was a voracious reader, who imparted her love of reading to me. My sister Dana also died when she was a young woman, but we were very, very close (we shared a birthday too); her sweetness and simple joy remain an inspiration for me. And then there's Cathy, with whom I shared a marriage of 25 years and who will always remain a good friend of mine; my longtime editor and longtime agent (both women whom I have worked with for 20 years); and dozens of other female colleagues and personal friends who have been my advisors and mentors over the years. Their perspectives and emotional lives have had an indelible impact on me, and consequently on my writing. You also write in a genre that’s traditionally dominated by the opposite sex. What challenges do you face?
Q: Thrilling stories aren't just about men chasing (or running from) bad guys. Spies and cops may also be women, and they must operate with a special set of challenges – and sometimes in high heels! I write with a woman's perspective of danger: how vulnerable we feel in society, and how we have to use our wits and instincts because we don't have the muscle power that men have. I also use my background in science, bringing in the medical details that I know as a former doctor. Scientific facts are gender neutral. You always write with such clear emotional understanding of your characters. Was it harder to bring that emotional acuity into a darker and more dangerous place?
A: Thank you. To be honest, following the thread of those darker and more dangerous emotions was not what I found most difficult about writing this book – I strive to cover a whole range of emotions, even in my more traditional love stories, so tragedy, fear, and horror don't feel like foreign elements to me. The hardest part was trying to achieve the right pacing for a thriller while still giving the love story its due. The evolution of a deep personal relationship doesn't have the same timetable as the rapid escalation we expect from a thriller, so that took some careful thought and calibration.
Q: One of the pleasures of this novel is the portrait of the Sanchezes, the Mexican-American family at the center of See Me. What was your inspiration for all of these wonderful characters? Are they based on anyone you know?
A: Not directly – although their family dynamic and closeness is one that I've seen amongst many families that I know. The parents' protectiveness and deep attachment to their children (and extended family) is pretty universal, but in this case the Sanchezes' personal history of hard work and immigrant achievement only serves to bind them more tightly. I liked these characters so much, as they are a vibrant version of All-American success, reflecting our diverse, enterprising and uniquely pluralistic society.
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Maria is working hard in a respectable lawyers office. She studied hard all her life, visits her parents regularly and she is very close with her younger sister. To the outside world, Maria lives the perfect life.
Colin and Maria couldn’t be more different, but when life throws them together there is an instant attraction they can’t deny.
The thing with Nicholas Sparks his writing is that when you start one of his books you just need to keep reading until the book is finished. ‘See Me’ is no exception. From the very beginning, I was hooked to every page of this book. The setting is beautiful and the characters are very memorable. But what I loved most about ‘See Me’, is the way I really started to care for the characters and felt like I knew them. Although Colin doesn’t sound like a nice character when you first learn about his background, I really came to love him and especially the way he talks with people. Colin is honest against everyone and no matter what. Very impressive.
Maria is a character I could really relate to.. She’s ambitious, works hard and she can worry about everything. And when she meets Colin, she really doesn’t know what to think of him. She doubts herself and above all she doubts the way she feels. I really enjoyed reading about Maria and especially the way she interacted with her family.
The romance in this book is really sweet and touching and I really loved every minute of it. There is also a little mystery/thriller part going on in this book, and it really kept me hooked unto every single page.
Yes, this is definitely another great story by Nicholas Sparks. And have you looked at that beautiful cover yet? I definitely recommend this book.. It’s amazing!
But the book was good!
I have been a Nicholas Sparks fan.... forever. Since high school, and we wont talk about how long ago that was. I think I will always be a fan. That being said, See Me was a bit disappointing for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book, it just (for me) lacked the emotional connection that all the great Nicholas Sparks books have.
See Me is the story of Collin and Maria.
Collin is a reformed criminal. He was a kid, from the right side of the tracks, who had a horrible temper. Add to that the fact he had a traumatic childhood experience, and he was trouble with a capital T. He changed his life around and was doing his best to finish college and fulfill his dreams. However, in order to do this he had to stay out of trouble or he would be behind bars for a long time.
Maria is a lawyer, pretty fresh out of law school with just a couple years experience. She has just recently left her job working in a DA’s office to move closer to home and be with her tight knit family.
Maria doesn’t know it yet, but a person from her past is out to destroy her, the same way they feel they were destroyed.
See Me is definitely a romantic suspense. There is the edge of fear and questions always surrounding things.
I liked both Maria and Collin. I just didn’t “feel” their connection. I didn’t connect with the characters at all, or really become emotionally attached/involved in this book the way i typically do a Nicholas Sparks book. Also, for me, the twist was pretty easy to figure out so the element of surprise was lost on me.
I will say it wasn’t a horrible read, it was enjoyable.... I personally was just disappointed.
Maria is a beautiful Mexican girl that comes to mean a great deal to Colin because she listens to his life story and cares for him anyway.
Mystery comes. Who is trying to hurt Maria? You must read this book. I do think this is Mr. Sparks first real mystery.