Questions for the Author by Lindsay Marcott
Lindsay Marcott is the author of The Producer’s Daughter, published by Crooked Lane Books. She shares the answers she would really like to give to fan questions.
Oh the places an author will go! And wherever I do go, there are bound to be questions: whether at a Q&A following a Barnes and Noble reading or from callers to a drive-time radio show or simply from my bubbly aunt Julia at my cousin Chloe’s second wedding. And weirdly, there are certain questions — ranging from the good, to the bad, to the downright silly — that seem to pop up with astonishing regularity, no matter what the venue. Here’s a sampling, and how I usually respond:
Q: Do you get dressed to write?
ME (What I’d love to say): No, I write in the nude. (What I actually say): I don’t write in pajamas, if that’s what you mean. I’m usually in yoga pants and some comfy old sweatshirt or coffee-stained tee.
Q: What other writers have influenced your work?
ME: Great question. Love this one! Thank you for asking.
And then I get to wax eloquently for five or six minutes on beloved books and authors, from 19th century masterpieces of suspense and irony like The Moonstone to favorite contemporary writers such as Paula Hawkins and Sue Grafton.
Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
ME: (What I wish I could say): There’s a website called ideasRus that for just the low, low fee of fifteen bucks provides me with a list of juicy-fresh, novelicious ideas, all specifically tailored to my particular voice and style. (What I actually say): I guess I get ideas from everywhere. From chatting with friends and eavesdropping on strangers and from traveling and reading and cruising a mall or sweating it out in a doctor’s waiting room and sometimes just from sprawling on a couch staring at the ceiling and letting my thoughts wander. In other words, just from life.
Q: Will I like your book?
ME: Well, yes, I think you’ll like it a lot. (What I’m thinking): Oh please like my book! I honestly hope to god you’ll really, really like it! That you’ll think it’s better than chocolate, more fun than a day at Disneyland, more thrilling than white water rafting. Oh please, please, please like my book!
Q: How did you feel when your husband had the affair with that Vanity Fair reporter?
ME: Um… That wasn’t my husband. That was the fictional husband of one of my heroines.
Q: How do you as a female writer write male characters?
ME: Same way I write female characters. By trying to make them as vivid, three-dimensional and essential to the plot as possible. Though if it has to do with selecting neckties, viewing sports or a guy’s relationship to his private parts, I ask my husband.
Q: Speaking of your husband… After he slept with that reporter, did you ever go through with the divorce?
ME: Um… Again… fiction? Not my husband? A character in my novel?
And this brings me to the number one question, the one that it’s almost guaranteed at some point I’ll be asked, no matter where or by whom I’m being interrogated:
Q: Who do you see playing your main character in a movie?
The first time I was asked this was at a reading at the L.A. bookstore Book Soup. I looked out over a couple of dozen expectantly up-turned faces, and my mind went completely blank. The only name of an actress I could actually summon up was, for some reason, Bette Davis, who would have been an impeccable choice if this had been, say, 1938. Luckily, a few audience members piped up with suggestions of their own, so I was off the hook.
But now I come prepared for the inevitable question: Who do I see playing the heroine of my latest novel The Producer’s Daughter?
ME: My dream casting would be Jennifer Lawrence, but Brie Larsen would also be amazing. And for the second lead, definitely Tina Fey.
So okay… Any further questions?
Lindsay Marcott is the author of The Producer’s Daughter (November 10, 2015; Crooked Lane Books). She has been a screenwriter, script-doctor and producer; she has written for A-list actors and for numerous magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two wayward cats. Visit Lindsay at lindsaymaracotta.com
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