Author Interview: Janet DeLee, author of Creating an Ideal Life

Publisher: Balboa Press

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: When her career runs aground during the recession, baby boomer Ginny Lawther decides to reboot her life with a leap of faith and systematically sets out to make a long-cherished dream come true.

Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It both terrified and liberated me. It was something I’ve wanted to do for years. I learned a lot from this book and it gave me the momentum to start on my next novel.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The conception stage is the hardest part for me. Once I get the outline and the first draft finished the pressure is off and the editing of subsequent drafts is fun. But I must admit that letting my imagination soar is delightful too.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, this book is the first in a series with the same main character, Ginny Lawther, who will take further leaps of faith as a self-appointed, self-actualization guinea pig.Also, she loves adventure.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Mark Twain’s autobiography.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I’m working on my next novel which I hope to publish this fall (2014).

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Waking up in the middle of the night and suddenly knowing how to solve a kink in the plot that stumped me during the day. Also, I do my outline on sticky notes, one sticky note per chapter, which I put on a wall in my study and I rearrange them until I get the plot flowing properly. This is a compromise between my left and right brain, otherwise they argue and nothing gets done.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

Ghosts seem to act out around me every now and then. I never thought of myself as “that sort of person”, but I’ve had some things happen while staying in a bed and breakfast and also in a hotel in New Orleans that seemed to be ghost related. These experiences have given me some fun ideas for my novels.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I’d like to do a book where Ginny spends Christmas in Italy.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Fly with a jet pack and I’ve never been able to water ski worth a darn.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

I love writing, gardening, road trips, and girl’s night out with my buddies.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

Ginny, because she never gives up and I tend to get discouraged and throw in the towel too soon.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

I enjoy movies, entertaining, hanging out with my friends, doing the Sunday newspaper crossword puzzle at Dunn’s brothers coffee house, road trips, and gardening.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

It was Ginny’s quest to create exactly the kind of life that suited her, and that included pursing a long cherished dream.

Q. When did you know you would be a writer?

 I knew I would be a writer when I was nine. That nine year old is still trying to convince the adult.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope my readers pursue their dreams and stop waiting for the perfect set of circumstances to make them happen, like I used to do.

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  1. I enjoyed the interview. Had fun reading about the ghosts which meet her at the Beds And Breakfasts she visits.

    1. I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had similar experiences in bed and breakfast places?


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