Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Jen Nadol!


Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jen Nadol grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, the hometown of John Updike, Taylor Swift, and the now-defunct Monopoly railroad. She has a BA in literature from American University and has lived in Washington DC, Boston, and New York City. She currently resides in a 150-year-old farmhouse in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three young sons and is at work on her next two related novels. She has no paranormal abilities and is pretty happy about that. The Mark is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
Probably early New York City. It’d be so fascinating to see Manhattan as mostly farmland and walk around when it was just a little town, with a real wall on Wall Street and stuff. Or maybe go a little later and check out the Astors' and Rockfellers' mansions before they got turned into clubs or stores. Assuming they invited me in, of course.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Should you tell someone today’s their last?

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
So many favorite books – The Stand, The Last Ship, White Oleander, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Secret History…these are just some off the top of my head. There are probably about twenty others.

Most of what I read doesn’t have a strong romance element so a fictional crush is pretty tough. It would definitely be on a Mr. Darcy type – that serious, smart, sort-of-superior kind of guy.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?

Without spending days thinking about it – because this’d really be kind of a big decision - I’m going to go with Frannie Goldsmith from The Stand. There’s something appealing about starting all over again and by the end of the book, she’s got a pretty good set-up.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you /Why?
I’ve always liked Winona Ryder and she hasn’t gotten much work since she got caught shoplifting (NB: we look nothing alike)

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
STOP FIGHTING! Spend a day with my three kids and this will need no explanation.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Busy, happy and very, very, very fortunate.


Bonus

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
My second book, working title: VISION, is completed and on submission to myeditor now. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Thanks Jen for stopping by!

For more information about Jen Nadol and her books, please visit her website here.

35 comments :

  1. I'm excited to read The Mark!!! I would love to visit New York Anytime (past or present) Great review!!!

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  2. Winona Ryder is GORGEOUS! What a great choice as an actress to play her!
    And I love all of her verys. :-)
    My fingers are crossed for Vision!!!!

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  3. Great interview. I hope the sequel is a success.

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  4. So glad that she already has a second novel ready. I hope the rest of the process goes smoothly so we don't have to wait too long to read it. VERY COOL! :]

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  5. Great interview!

    Good luck on the sequel!

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  6. Ohh, this book looks so good! And your coming out with a sequel. That sound fantastic. :)

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  7. This is one of the debuts I am very muck looking forward to! And I've never read THE STAND before, but will check it out now. It sounds interesting. :)

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  8. Great interview! I want to read this one soo much.

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  9. I'd love to read The Mark! Thanks for the interesting interview!

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  10. I enjoyed the interview very much and would love to read the book.

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  11. I am glad she has another one submitted to her editor! I have heard great things about this books so i can't wait to read it!

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  12. I think it would be cool to see New York City like that too!

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  13. great interview.I liked the questions you asked.I enjoyed learning more about this author.

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  14. I'm excited to read The Mark. Good questions. New York City without all the buildings would be crazy!

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  15. Great interview. I enjoyed reading it. I loved her response to the question of what she thought the title of a biography of her should be!!

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  16. Great interview...I love her reasoning for wanting Winona Ryder to play her :)

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  17. I can't wait to read The Mark, and I agree with her on the Mr. Darcy-type too...it just doesn't get any better.

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  18. Great interview. After hearing so much about The Mark, I really want to read it. Hope it's successful.

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  19. I love her answer to what her biography would be and I'm so glad to hear she is working on a new book!!!!!

    Bianca

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  20. I loved Fannie Goldsmith too! What a great book that was...

    The Mark looks excellent, can't wait to read it.

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  21. I love the seven word description of the novel, so catching! Loved reading the interview.

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  22. Great interview. I really enjoy these and cant wait to read The Mark.

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  23. Great interview. A Mr. Darcy type would be my fictional crush too.

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  24. I love her 7 word summary. Great information. I can't wait to read this one.

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  25. I always like to hear a little about the author of a book it makes it so much more interesting. I'm looking forward to her new book.

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  26. Great questions! I can't wait to read the book!

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  27. A place called Reading? Awesome interview :)

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  28. Great interview!I can't wait to read this book. The concept sounds so intriguing!

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  29. I can sympathize with Jen. I have two boys who are 14 months apart. My biography would be called "Stop Fighting before I committ myself to the looney bin." LOL!

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  30. Great interview! I'm waiting for this book!

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  31. I think I would also want to go to New York and see how it was in the old day
    great interview as always

    Denise Madness

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  32. Winona Ryder is an interesting choice. I think that she is aging gracefully
    Stacy Stewart

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  33. Can't wait to read this. (i'm already exctied that she's working on a new book)

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  34. Super questions! Very interesting and not the same old boring questions. This interview actually kept my attention.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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