Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching, Now You See Her, Still Life, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels.

Her latest novel is The Bad Daughter.

Recently I asked Fielding about what she was reading. Her reply:
I recently finished reading Tina Brown’s wonderful Vanity Fair Diaries and The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad. While I generally prefer fiction, I tend to read more non-fiction when I’m working on a novel of my own. I don’t know if this has to do with not wanting the interference of another writer’s voice at that time or whether it’s just that I find non-fiction easier to read. It doesn’t require the same level of concentration and commitment, and it’s easier to pick up and put down at will. That said, both these books were very well-written and fascinating from first page to last. As for novels, I recently read Canadian author Michael Redhill’s Giller-award winning book, Bellevue Square, which I found quite frustrating. He’s an interesting writer, but to be honest, I wasn’t sure what exactly he was trying to say. Not sure whether this was his fault or mine.

While I don’t normally read a lot of thrillers or novels of psychological suspense - even though I write them - I decided to give a few a try. So I’ve recently purchased Riley Sager’s Final Girls (getting a little tired of all those “girls” in the titles of books), A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window (at least she’s a woman and not a girl), which I bought because it bears a resemblance, plot-wise, to one of my own novels, Someone Is Watching, and City of Endless Night by Preston and Child. And I also bought Trumpocracy: the Corruption of the American Republic by former GW Bush speechwriter (and fellow-Canadian) David Frum. I plan on reading them all during my March holiday in Florida.
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--Marshal Zeringue