Mini-Interview with Jane Green, author of Another Piece of My Heart

I was honored to have been invited to participate in a webinar with author, Jane Green, along with a few other bloggers. Unfortunately, I was sick with the flu and missed the opportunity to ask a few questions I had after reading her book, “Another Piece of My Heart”.  Even though Jane Green is rather busy  promoting her book and being the fabulous author that she is, she did take some time out of her schedule to answer my questions.

Enjoy!

What inspires you as a writer and motivates you to write?

Every time I think I’m out of stories, I find myself drawn to something; a situation, a person, an event, that I find so compelling, it starts to take over my life, and I know then that’s my next book.

How do you maintain objectivity when writing about a character that’s not very likable from another characters perspective but then find that hidden quality that a reader can empathize with when writing from that very characters own point of view?  For example, there are moments Emily and Janice aren’t likable but it changes for me as a reader when I read from their point of view?  

I’m not objective in the slightest! I didn’t like Emily either, but the minute I started writing as her, at my editor’s suggestion, I completely understood her, and it gave me tremendous empathy.

As a therapist, I liked how the whole family system was described and how everyone is impacted by alcohol and drugs. What type of research did you do for that and how did it change the course of your writing as the book progressed, if any? 

I am very familiar with addictive behaviors, which do have a habit of cropping up in my books. Whatever the story, I’m always looking towards the resolution – that none of us is perfect; that we are all doing the best we can, and that ultimately acceptance of where we are and what we have is the only way to find peace.

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Great Giveaway & Book Review: Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green

One (1) winner will receive:

  • $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card

·         A copy of Another Piece of My Heart

 

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of JEMIMA J, and THE BEACH HOUSE, comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood.

Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she’s finally found him.  Ethan–divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia–is a devoted father and even better husband.  Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives…and in their hearts.

ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART is a novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about relationships and is Jane Green at her absolute best.

My Review:

I was immediately pulled into the storyline.  Today, it is very common for children to belong to blended families. Providing a glimpse into the story of one familly that is dealing with the effects of alcohol, drugs, teen issues, infertility, adoption, and trying to stay together.  Told through the perspective of the step-mother, biological mother, teenager, and author, the reader is able to get a better understanding behind each character’s thoughts, behaviors, and motivations.

Jane Green does a remarkable job at keeping the storyline authentic, as she covers real life issues, in a fast paced story.  The story doesn’t seem bogged down or too water downed.  There were times where it was difficult to understand and like some of the characters.  However, Jane Green then shows the individual perspective of that particular character, and the reader soon can empathize with her, too.

Reading from Andi’s perspective, the reader is able to truly understand her desire to have children, feel her pain each month that she finds out she isn’t pregnant, and feel her struggles as she tries to make peace with the oldest teen, Emily.  However, Emily appears as this rebellious teen.  As a reader, I could sense the anger and understand her frustration as she tries to keep the family together, be a wife and mother to her husband’s children, and struggles with her own issues of fertility.  However, Emily often argues with her, is dismissive towards her and the family, appears to be a manipulator, and just an overall rebellious teen. Reading from Emily’s perspective gave the reader an opportunity to understand her motives, the struggle she has of dealing with an alcoholic mother, trying to fit in at school, feeling her father doesn’t listen to her, and seeing Andi as fake and wanting her father and younger sister without her being a part of the family.

The family dynamics are truly realistic and it’s a story that gives a well rounded view of a blended family and it’s issues.

I highly suggest this book to those who love contemporary fiction, reading about families, enjoy books told through multiple point of views, and deal with complex issues that aren’t always so black and white.

*This book was provided for free by Big Honcho Media.

No monetary or forms of compensation were given.  The opinions are solely my own.

About the Author

Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and assorted Anthologies.  Passionate about both food and the home, most weekends see her cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children.

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Begins March 5, ends March 13, 2012.

Simply post a comment with your name and email.  A winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified. 

One (1) winner will receive:

  • $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card

·         A copy of Another Piece of My Heart