Category Archives: Cindy Jones

Lori Reisenbichler: Interview with a Debut Author

Lori Reisenbichler, Debut Author

 

Allow me to introduce Lori Reisenbichler whose compelling debut novel EIGHT MINUTES is the latest must-read for book clubs and women’s fiction readers.  Lori took time to share background information on her novel as well as insights into her writing process and advice for aspiring authors.  And (ahem) be sure to read to the end to discover Lori’s favorite author.

Tell us about EIGHT MINUTES.

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Should I Laugh in the Face of Rejection?

Kathryn Stockett spoke to a standing room only crowd in a huge church sanctuary because there wasn’t enough room anywhere else in Dallas for her rock-star crowd.  We were totally with her when she began reading from a pile of rejection letters.  She named names, and what could we do but laugh at the stupidity of the agents and editors who rejected THE HELP.  We loved imagining how they must be kicking themselves, no longer able to trust their judgment, mortified and embarrassed before the entire literary world.

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Writers’ Houses

Rebecca Reynolds is a museum education consultant in the UK

Guest Post
by Rebecca Reynolds

In her book The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Janet Malcolm talks about reading a biography of Plath by Anne Stevenson. Malcolm found that the quotations from Plath’s poetry in the book spoke more strongly than the biographical part: ‘the voices began to take over the book and to speak to the reader over the biographer’s head. They whispered “Listen to me, not to her. I am authentic.”’

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Writing in Isolation

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One of the places I did not go this summer.

I have been telling my husband:  if I had one week of total isolation I could finish my novel.  Well, I got my chance to prove it.  As of 8:00 am last Monday morning, I was HOME ALONE.  For five days it was just me and my novel.

Day T-1:  I wanted to hit the ground running so I cleaned my office (for the first time since 2013) and cleared my desk of everything not related to the novel-in-progress.  The result was exhilarating and I decided I should do that more often.

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Author Talk Disasters: Don’t Let These Happen To You

Previously published on Girlfriends Book Club

Cindy Jones impersonating a celebrity author

Did I remember to tell them what the book is about?

Since publication of my novel I have been honored to speak to book clubs, literary guilds, and library groups. The Writer’s League of Texas Annual Agents and Editors Conference invited me to serve on their faculty where I offered a breakout session and participated on a panel discussion.  Although my talks generally went well, there were some glitches I could have avoided with a little more planning and attention to detail.  I’ve provided the humiliating details below to save you from making the same mistakes.

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Trespassing for Fiction: How I Stole a Manor House for My Novel

Previously published on Girlfriends Book Club

Since we are discussing setting I will reluctantly work past my discomfort to share, not only how I obtained realistic details to create the manor house in my novel, but also how a sense of poetic entitlement caused me to behave badly.  Ahem.  (Sound of me clearing throat).  I avoided arrest and have purposely omitted names in this post in order to protect myself.

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Twitter: I’m Turning Myself In

I also know what a selfie is and how to take one.

I also know what a selfie is and how to take one.

Some of you may be surprised to learn that I know how to tweet, and even more surprised that I know how to create a hashtag that will change my life. Yes, I, who never had a problem sitting down and facing my literary problems am so far off track, I’m surrendering myself to the mercy of the very social media frontiers I intended to ignore.  With Twitter and a hashtag, I can be held publicly accountable for my writing time and output.

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My Fifteen Seconds of Fame

Five Non-financial Rewards of Publication

It took me seven years to reach the point where my work attracted the attention of an agent, and another seven to get from the agent to the publisher who finally cut the advance check. Spread over fourteen years, the proceeds of my writing career have been sufficient to feed one goldfish once a day. Obviously, I am not in it for the money. The secret, I am convinced, is to write faster.  But until I get up to speed, I make a point of enjoying the many non-financial rewards of published life. Instead of getting paid:

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Jane Austen and Lord Byron Spar–in my Office

Previously Published April 4, 2012 | on Austen Authors

 

My office has become rather crowded lately.  On the day my agent told me I needed a better title for my new novel, the banter had reached such a level I could not hear myself think.  Some of my imaginary friends would have to go–but which?  Jane Austen has been around ever since I began writing My Jane Austen Summer.  She was present for the endless rewrites, editorial submission, and the launch.  Byron, Shelley, and Keats arrived the day I began writing the new novel.  We’d been busy working for the past three years, puzzling out scenes and dialogue for their cameo appearances.  But once the new novel was finished–(except for the title)–the Romantic Poets became idle–which is not a good thing.  Shelley plays with the faucets in my bathroom.  Jane Austen has been teaching Keats to cough into his sleeve which makes a mess.  And Byron is Byron.

 

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How To Wait for Your Agent To Call

I revised my novel in the ski lodge while my family skied

I spent the holidays finalizing revisions on my novel while my family skied.  Yesterday I sent the third draft to my agent, with the expectation that we are almost there.  But, I don’t know this for certain, and now I am waiting to hear from her.  Waiting.

As a writer, I have spent a lot of time waiting, and instead of worrying about sitting still while the industry evolves, books become obsolete, and publishing, as we know it, ceases to exist, I’ve developed a strategy for dealing with the tension.  Rather than obsessing over how long it is taking, I try to distract myself.  Here are a few of my strategies for coping:

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