SheKnows sat down with the storyteller to talk about her latest book and her love of writing about Nantucket.
Jane Green: My husband has a cousin who recently discovered, in his 50s, that the man he thought was his father wasn't his father; and coincidentally, I also have cousins who don't know they are related to me — the result of an illicit affair one of my uncles had years ago. I am fascinated by the secrets people keep, and the impact those have on our lives.
JG: Finding the time to write novels, cookbooks, update social media, write articles, be a wife, mother, friend. Much of the time I feel like I'm paddling water, barely keeping afloat.
JG: I am enormously grateful to have the career I have had and the readers I have had. No complaints coming from me.
JG: I now take myself off to a self-imposed writing retreat a couple of times a year where I hole up and write for up to 12 hours a day.
JG: "Your work is unpublishable."
JG: Write the story you want to tell, not the one you think will be a bestseller.
JG: I tend to read nonfiction when I'm writing — the danger of unconscious plagiarism is always present otherwise.
JG: Skinny ankles.
JG: Warm. Wise. Inspiring.
JG: I always love writing about Nantucket. Wherever I actually am while I am writing, I am instantly transported back to one of my favorite places in the world.
JG: Acceptance. Humility. The importance of wearing life like a loose garment
JG: Losing myself in my imagination for hours each day.
JG: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave, Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg, The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes.
JG: Cook. Garden. Decorate houses. Have very hot baths. Collapse.
JG: Getting the cookbook, Good Taste, done. I am enormously proud of it, and it launches on Kickstarter as an exclusive collector's edition on June 11.
JG: Catherine in Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido, for her gorgeous mix of vulnerability and strength.
JG: I don't, particularly. Perhaps I am reading either the wrong, or the right, kinds of books.
JG: Industrious, hard-working, accomplished ones brimming with self-love.
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