Alexandra Styron's first novel, ALL THE FINEST GIRLS, was released this past summer by Little Brown and Company. In this exclusive Authorlink interview with the New York-based author we gain insights into her thoughts, attitudes, and her writing life. Alexandra's first novel is an elegantly written and unforgettable story about a daughter's loveand where that love lodges when her parents are less than lovable.
In our previous episode, Laura Van Wormer, former Doubleday editor and author of two TV series books, had just shown the manuscript of her precious first novel to three people: her future agent, her future editor and a friend who taught college lit.
You want to be published? Novelist Laura Van Wormer can tell you how to do it, for three reasons. First, shes written 10 books since 1988. The most recent, Trouble Becomes Her, the third in the Sally Harrington series, was released in early November by Mira. Second, before she started writing she was an editor at Doubleday. Finally, despite her tenure at Doubleday, she made some of the same mistakes in her writing career that the rest of us do.
The way to Chris Keesler's heart is through a good query letter. A feisty love story that knows when to break the rules doesn't hurt either. Keesler is a romance editor, one of only a few fellas in a female-dominated field. His position on the flip side of the gender divide works to his and his writers' advantage.
Emily Bestler learned early to love books. "When I started reading, I was doing something everybody else in the family did," she said. "It's what we did together as a family." It's a tradition she's passing along to her three children - girls 9 and 8 and a boy, 4. They want to be writers when they grow up, though, not an editor like mom.
Amanda Patton would never give up her day job. "I'm doing what I was meant to do," she laughs. "I get to talk about books all day—how great is that?" Amanda is an editor at Plume, a trade paperback imprint at Penguin Putnam, Inc.
John Connolly is the author of Dark Hollow. Private detective Charlie Parker finds himself hunting a mythical killer through the forests of Maine in winter, decades after his own grandfather tried to find and capture the same killer. (Simon & Schuster, July 2001).
Betsy Berne is the author of Bad Timing, a hip, knowing funny/sad first novelthe story of an affair, set in the rarefied climates of Manhattans art, jazz, and magazine worlds. (Villard Books; spring 2001).
Authorlink talked with Steve Riggio, vice chairman of both Barnes & Noble.com and Barnes & Noble, Inc. in his New York office in mid-April about his vision of eBooks
David Ebershoff is author of The Rose City, a collection of seven short stories about men and boys forging their way in a chaotic world (Viking; Weidenfeld & Nicholson in the UK, May 2001). David also is publishing director for The Modern Library , an imprint of Random House.