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Abigail Thomas for Lost in Fiction

by Louisa Klein

1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
If you consider the Georgette Heyer Regency novels to be romances, and Diana Gabaldon’s historic novels to be romances (bodice rippers) then yes, I read romance novels. Those are the two writers I’ve read who fall (or can be pushed) into such a category.. Diana Gabaldon carried me with her many thousands of pages over  bad patch when anything more complicated and less driven by story would have failed. I am forever grateful. Georgette Heyer I read as a girl, dunnno how it would work now. What is my opinion of it as a genre? Perfectly fine, and many more people are readers because of it. It’s a real skill, not just anyone can pull it off. I’m not snobby about what people read. Just read.
Probably since I’ve read so few, Diana Gabaldon is my favorite. Very sexy, something amazing on every page, and a little history thorwn in for good measere.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
My role model in the literary world? I love William Maxwell, his economy. They Came Like Swallows and So Long, See You Tomorrow, are two of my favorite books except they make me cry, an I’m not into crying at the moment.  I love EB White. I also love my father, Lewis Thomas who wrote so simply and gracefully. 
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My last book was half memoir and half how to write a memoir. It was commissioned by AARP. It was fun to write.
I have been working for years on a memoir about a friendship that has finally come to naught for many many reasons. I’m a bit at a loss now. In more than a year I have only managed two essays and one poem. blech.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I was an agent at the time, and my best friend was also an agent and thank god he liked my work. they say never make an agent of a friend, but this has worked well for us for thirty three years and six books.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I have no opinion about the ebook thing because I neither understand it, nor want it explained to me. I’d consider the indie route (is that self publishing?) if I had something to sell and there were no takers, yes,
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts? 
I won’t do that.(which is easy for me to say because I have no book at the moment). I hate the whole social media thing, although I know it is wonderful for many people. (Who cares what anyone had for breakfast or that a badger walked across your lawn? Well, maybe a honey badger.) 
As far as books go, I still trust readers to find what and who they want to read. 
Info about the author: 
Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell, etc.), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication.

She has written three works of fiction, Getting Over TomAn Actual Life; and Herb’s Pajamas; and three memoirs: Safekeeping;A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir, a guide to writing memoir which doubles as a kind of memoir itself. A Three Dog Lifewas chosen by the Washington Post and the LA Times as one of the best books of 2006 and has been translated into nine languages.
Her essays and stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostO the Oprah MagazineReal SimpleTin HouseCosmopolitan MagazineThe Ladies’ Home JournalThe Missouri Review, the Alaska Quarterly and other magazines.
She lives in Woodstock, New York, with her three dogs.To know more, visit her website: abigailthomas.net
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