Ask the Author: Jacqueline Friedland
What would you like readers to know about you?
I would like readers to know that the best part of being a writer is connecting with the readers. Aside from that, they might like to know that I’m a sucker for romance, especially when it’s presented through a well-told story. I’ve loved books my whole life, and I’m living my dream by getting to write every day. I really hope my readers can feel from my stories how much joy I take in putting the words on the page.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
THAT’S NOT A THING is a New York City love story about second chances, loyalty, forgiveness, and hope.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
There’s a scene toward the beginning of the book where the protagonist ends up getting strong-armed into participating in a crafts project with a guy she’s only recently me. This happens against her better judgment. Things get a little out of control, and before the characters know it, there are white hot sparks flying through the air. Unfortunately, there are also copious amounts of glitter and paint that end up in several places they don’t belong. As the scene gets messier and messier, the emotional intensity grows along with the hilarity. I was actually laughing out loud as I wrote and edited the scene, and I still smile just thinking about it.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Two writers in particular inspired me to pursue a career in writing. When I was first starting out as an attorney in my twenties, I began reading books during my limited free time to stay connected to my creative side. I was greatly affected by the earlier books of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffen. I loved that there were other young women out there writing relatable, entertaining fiction. Their narrative voices were so approachable, and I really connected with their characters. When I read their books, I felt like I was hanging out with friends. I wanted to write books like theirs, stories that would speak to readers and make them feel heard and seen. Since the time that I first discovered them, I have found so many other women’s fiction writers who really manage to connect with readers on the page, and I love getting to orbit in the same world as them. I’m thinking especially of Rochelle Weinstein, Amy Poepell, Lisa Barr, Loretta Nyhan, Elyssa Friedland, Nicola Harrison, Marilyn Rothstein, and Amy Blumenfeld. There are so many others I could include, but I’m running out of space!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Get to work! The surest way to fail is to decide not to try. Persistence is one of the most important parts of being a writer, and if you don’t put in the time, it won’t happen. That said, if you believe in yourself, and you keep trying until you get it right, no one can stand in your way.