RC: Congratulations on your debut novel. Tell us about AVAILABLE TO CHAT what was your favorite part of the book to write? What did you find difficult?
JS: My favorite part was the final scene with Olivia and Mike. I wrote an early draft and it always felt a bit off. One day at my critique group we got into a lengthy discussion on the relationship between these two characters and it was like a lightbulb went off. I rewrote the scene and it felt perfect – like locking in the final puzzle piece! The difficult part is simply finishing. I heard Robert Zimmerman, author of the The Kitchen Boy speak. He said, “I’m not the best writer in the world. I just finish books which is something a lot of great writers never end up doing.”
RC: Do you have a favorite character – or one that you like the most?
JS: As the author I understand everyone’s motivation! So I find them all likeable, even when they’re doing unlikeable things. But, If I had to pick I’d say Daniel, Olivia’s son. My editor wrote me that he was her favorite character because he did the right thing in a tough situation. To me, what he did was just so natural for him, but it was great to hear her say that.
RC: Some people find writing entertaining, cathartic or even relaxing. What’s the best part of writing for you?
JS: It gets me out of doing the dishes! Seriously though, writing lets you create a world where you get to be the supreme dictator, managing all the characters lives and the threads of their interacting story lines. It’s heady stuff. Oddly, it’s the exact opposite of publishing, which at my publisher, Booktrope, is so collaborative. For instance, my cover designer, Michelle Fairbanks of Fresh Design, and I discuss everything, the book cover and all the promotional pieces. I’ve learned so much from her about great design and making things beautiful.
RC: Do you have an all time favorite book or one that you like to read over and over again?
JS: I love Jane Austen. I think Persuasion is one of the most romantic books ever written. Even though I write sizzling fiction I appreciate the intense desire in that work. Captain Wentworth writes a note to Anne Elliott, the woman he thought was lost to him and he says, “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope,” and it’s so much sexier than any scene in Fifty Shades of Grey – or my book! For contemporary works, I love Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
RC: Do you have another novel in the works? If so, can you tell us about it?
JS: I’m working on a romance novel now. After I wrote Available to Chat, which is Women’s Fiction, I decided to challenge myself to write within the parameters of the Romance genre. My writing critique partner tells me I still write and sound more like a Women’s Fiction author than a Romance writer, but she assures me it’s a good thing.
RC: Do you have a preferable way for fans to connect with you, facebook, twitter, etc.?
JS: Several of my early reviewers emailed me at jacysuttonauthor (at) gmail.com and they’ve shared their thoughts – quite postive – on the book and the characters. I really enjoy hearing people’s reactions. I do a lot of short little blogs on families and relationships and I post links on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to hear people’s feedback, especially on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JacySuttonAuthor. I’m just starting to build a Pinterest page, too. If you want to take a look it’s at http://www.pinterest.com/jacysutton.
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