Oh, Joan of Kent, the Fair Maid of Kent, such a romantic story!
“Here’s the question that nagged and nagged until I just had to take it on,” admits Emma Campion, author of A Triple Knot.
“If her marriage to Prince Edward was so happy, why did Joan choose to be buried with her first husband, Thomas Holland, a mere knight for most of his life, Duke of Kent only at the end (for just a matter of months)? Why would she give up being buried beside her beloved Edward? A royal burial?”
I filed away these stories, fascinated by the deception and heartache hidden within seemingly normal lives.
“[My years working as a private investigator] proved invaluable when writing my new novel Until You’re Mine,” says Samantha Hayes, “although it wasn’t until many years after I left the job that I was ready to write my experiences into novels, weaving stories around the matured ideas.”
“I like to think of my books as “real-life fiction,” making my readers think: What if this happened to me? What would I do in that situation?”
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you’re desperately wanting more? The questions in this Reader’s Guide will continue your reading journey — and start a lively book club discussion!
Pilgrim’s Wilderness is the riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness – and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch.
Veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin.
Why can’t you write your memoir as a novel?
“My mother has asked me this regarding my memoir about my sexy single girl travel adventures two or three dozen times,” admits Kristin Newman, author of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, “hoping to protect the innocent (herself, my fiancé, Russian and Brazilian and Israeli and Australian bartenders).”
“And it’s a seductive idea, this notion of hiding in fiction. I’m terrified of publishing what is a more entertaining version of my diary. But despite the warm blanket that pretending to fictionalize one’s life presents, I just can’t do it.”
My love for dieting is a recent realization.
“It turns out I have a passion for trying out new eating plans and exercises,” writes Mindy Kaling, Emmy-nominated writer and actress and author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?.
“Dukan, South Beach, French Women Don’t Get Fat, Cavemen Don’t Get Fat, Single-Celled Organisms Don’t Get Fat, Skinny Bitch, Skinny Wretch—after a while on one regimen, I get bored and want to try a new one. It’s only a matter of time before the Jane Austen Diet comes out, and I’m really looking forward to spending a spring adhering to that one.”