May 20, 2009

Author Wednesday: Jane Green

I decided to focus on Jane Green today. I'm a big fan of chick-lit and I enjoy Jane's writing style. I think I read Jemima J in a day. I was so enthralled. Mr. Maybe took 2 days but I went down to a friends house and we went 4-wheeling all day. Jane's books are what I like to call easy, breezy reads. They seem to flow. I hope you all will check her out because you won't be disappointed.


Jane Green Warburg, who writes as Jane Green, was born in London and has lived in Connecticut for seven years. One of the founding writers behind the genre known as ‘chick lit’, Green now writes novels that reflect the lives of real women today, with all the trials and tribulations that come with real life: from in-laws, motherhood, mid-life crises and loss, all of which are told with Green’s trademark warmth, wit and wisdom.

She began her writing career in entertainment journalism and P.R., the sort of glamorous-sounding but low-wage salt mines in which readers might expect to find a Bridget Jones, or, to take an example from Green’s own fiction, a Jemima Jones. She moved up to become a feature writer at The Daily Express in London, where she became known for her wry take on dating and relationships.

Then, like all good heroines, Green decided to take a chance and follow a dream. She left the Express to freelance, and started work on a novel. In August of 1996 there was a bidding war for her first novel, Straight Talking, an overnight success.

Jemima J, her second novel, was an international bestseller. It features a narrator who’s a tad overweight — okay, a lot overweight — who daydreams about how her life would change if only she could lose a hundred pounds. What happens when she does, forms the plot of this ugly duckling-turned-swan story, which Cosmopolitan called “the kind of novel you’ll gobble up in a single sitting.”

Since then, Green has continued to charm and entertain readers with novels like Mr. Maybe, Bookends and To Have and To Hold (first released in the U.K. as Spellbound). According to People magazine, “Green’s writing is deliciously witty and her heroines authentic. A charming book that demands ‘Read me in one sitting!’”.

Her sixth novel, Babyville, was something of a departure; it explores the lives of three different women who discover they’re all wrong about how having a baby will change their lives. The Daily Mail wrote, “In this, possibly the first baby bonkbuster, Green has delved amusingly into the rich comic seam of Osh Kosh-obsessed thirtysomething parenthood.” (For the edification of non-Brits, a “bonkbuster” is a popular novel with a lot of sex scenes.)

With The Other Woman, Green has continued to broaden her focus without losing her readership. The story of a married woman who finds herself battling an overbearing mother-in-law, The Other Woman went straight to number one on the London Times bestseller list.

Swapping Lives told the story of two women, one married with children, one single and yearning, who believe the grass is greener, and her latest, Second Chance, is the tale of a group of friends who haven’t seen one another since school, who reunite for a memorial service as they approach their fortieth birthdays, each of whom is dealing with a different form of a mid-life crisis. Second Chance went straight into the New York Times best-seller list.

Her new novel, The Beach House, the tale of a woman in her sixties who is at risk of losing her beloved beach house in Nantucket, is released in June 2008.

The Washington Post describes her writing as “smart and complex”, Entertainment Weekly says “unexpectedly honest”, and USA Today has said: “Happy, melancholic and beautifully written”.

The winner of a Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Fiction Award, contributor to the most recent Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms book, Jane Green Warburg lives with her husband, Ian Warburg, and their blended families of six children, in Connecticut, where her passions are food, gardening and throwing parties.

When not attempting to juggle running the lives of small people, a household and a career, she can usually be found either cooking, or covered in dirt, planting vegetable seeds.
**Picture and About Jane section taken from here.**

You can visit Jane's site here.


Ashley said...

I love Jane Green. I haven't read her lately but Mr. Maybe was one of my first ever Chick Lit novels and I was hooked!

Ladytink_534 said...

The only Jane Green book I've read was Second Chance and though I seemed to really love it in my review, I hardly even remember it now! I did say I needed to read another book by her someday though...

Kate said...

Great information. I've never read anything by Jane Green :)