Literaturschock: Ms Fielding, could you tell your German fans something about yourself?

Joy Fielding: Something about myself- Please check my web-site bio for anything you want to know about me. Briefly, I love what I do, and think a writer's life is the best in the world. I've been married for almost 30 years and have 2 wonderful, gorgeous daughters. I've been to Germany on several occasions, and love it.

Literaturschock: I know, you are asked almost every question again and again but is there any question you are never asked, but you wish people would ask you?

Joy Fielding: The questions I like are the ones that make me think. The people who ask them have obviously read the books carefully and have given them a lot of thought. Sometimes readers see things in my books I hadn't considered, and I appreciate that. So, no one question- just questions that make me think about my craft.

Literaturschock: Is there a book in your own works having a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Joy Fielding: I have a few favorites- SEE JANE RUN, MISSING PIECES, and GRAND AVENUE. These are my favorites, not because I think they're necessarily better than others, but because they accomplished everything I set out to do. When I finished them I thought that I couldn't have written them any better than I did.

Literaturschock: What do you think is the most difficult and the easiest thing about writing?

Joy Fielding: The most difficult thing is organizing the original idea and getting it in shape, then doing an outline. The easiest thing is the actual writing. That's the part I love.

Literaturschock: Do you have any special methods to plan a new book (which)? How does your normal working day look like?

Joy Fielding: The planning of each book varies. I get a basic idea, and sit with it awhile, let it play around in my head. Then I try to shape it on a more conscious level. When I think it's ready, I start to make notes, develop characters and plots. Eventually, I do an outline- anywhere from half a page to twelve pages. I have a clear idea of the beginning and ending, as well as several events along the way. Then I sit down to write.

A typical day: Get up around 7, start work between 8:30 - 9, and work for 3-4 hours, sometimes more, depending on what else I have planned. Sometimes I have lunch with friends, or meetings, or errands. I work Monday through Friday, and occasionally on weekends, depending on how much I need to have done. I usually exercise an hour a day in the late afternoon, then read, watch TV.

Literaturschock: What are your current projects? Can you give us a little sneak preview of the next books?

Joy Fielding: I belive both WHISPERS AND LIES and LOST will be released in Germany simultaneously next summer. I'm not sure what they'll be called in German. I'm currently working on my next novel, PUPPET, but it's too early to talk about it.

Literaturschock: Do you write what ever you wanted to write? Or is there an unwritten idea, which sleeps in your head for years?

Joy Fielding: Yes, I write about whatever I choose. And yes, most ideas sit in my head for awhile (WHISPERS AND LIES sat for 30 years, SEE JANE RUN for 8 years) but others sit for only a short time (LOST and THE FIRST TIME).

Literaturschock: What do you think fascinate readers and authors at the crime novels?

Joy Fielding: I think bad behaviour is always interesting. Solving (or plotting) a mystery is fascinating. I think there's a vicarious thrill in being scared- you can be scared but safe at the same time. Criminals or people who operate outside the accepted norm are fascinating to study (although not nearly as interesting in person. MOST criminals, in fact, aren't too bright and are quite dull.)

Literaturschock: Is your family your greatest fan or your greatest critic, after one of them read one of your books?

Joy Fielding: My husband used to be pretty critical, but he's getting better. (Or maybe it's my books that are getting better) My older daughter, Shannon, is my biggest fan and is very supportive, while at the same time offering good, concrete advice. My younger daughter, Annie, doesn't read my books until long after they're out. (She prefers John Sanford!)

Literaturschock: I suppose, it's difficult for authors to read a book unreservedly. Don't you think there often "that I would have made so much better"?

Joy Fielding: Sometimes, I read a book and think- what a great idea. I wish I'd had that! And sometimes I can see areas that I think could have been improved. More often than not, when I find myself getting too critical, I simply stop reading.

Literaturschock: Who are some of your favorite writers, and do you find the time to read them? What are you currently reading?

Joy Fielding: My favourite authors are Philip Roth and Carl Hiaasen. Currently I'm reading Candace Bushnell's new novel, TRADING UP, and EAT CAKE, by Jeanne Ray.

Literaturschock: Thank you so much, Joy! I really appreciate your taking the time to let me interview you.

Joy Fielding: Thanks Susanne. Your questions were interesting and insightful and they made me think. Hope I've answered them to your satisfaction.

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