Ask the Author: Janelle Brown
What would you like readers to know about you?
I love interacting with readers! One of the most fun parts of being an author is talking to the people who have read it. Sometimes readers think that authors are unapproachable, but we aren’t! We love communicating with fans.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Pretty Things is the story of two very different young women – one, a con, and the other an heiress – whose lives become entangled over the course of a dark and desolate winter. Nina is a grifter, whose con artist mother had high expectations for her, but who has turned to crime anyway in order to pay her mother’s cancer bills. Vanessa is the heiress to the Liebling family fortune, and a professional Instagram influencer, but who is forced to move back to her family’s historic estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe after a series of personal tragedies. These two women’s lives collide when Nina and her boyfriend move into Vanessa’s guest house, and that’s when things start to get complicated.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I wanted to write about a modern con artist. I was thinking about social media and how a young woman who was a grifter might use it for her advantage. What would she do and who would she target?
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I loved writing about the love story between Benny and Nina that you see in Chapter 7. I’ve always wanted to write about teenagers falling in love for the first time, especially two kids who don’t fit in and find each other. I loved writing this section of the book, and it became the true heart of everything that was going to come later.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was in first grade, so it’s hard to say which ones inspired me to become a writer. But I deeply admire authors like Margaret Atwood, Tana French, Ann Patchett, Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson….
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Half of writing is in the rewriting! A first draft is just the stepping off point for everything you can still do. So don’t be afraid to just get words on the page even if they are bad – you can always go rework them later!
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