Stuff in the ‘Janet Goss’ Category

12 March, 2014

Where I Write: Janet Goss

Janet GossOur next “Where I Write” is from novelist and self-proclaimed word nerd, Janet Goss

“I write primarily on my bed, in longhand—until I’m in danger of not being able to decipher my own penmanship. At that point it’s off to the computer, where I type up the pages, print them out, then tweak and copyedit the narrative until I’ve bent it to my will. After another printout or two—five, tops—I move on to the next scene.

I took this picture of my command center midway through a new novel, about a pair of half-sisters in a strikingly unconventional family. Chapter Thirteen, mid-tweak, appears in the center, flanked by the Notebook of Brilliant Ideas (some of which actually live up to their billing, despite the fact that most were written in pitch darkness at three a.m.) and a portion of the manuscript that’s already passed muster. Above it all, snoring peacefully, lies Gomez, my devoted muse.” — Janet Goss

You can read more about Janet, including her latest The Great Divide, on her website and follow her on Twitter


20 August, 2013

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A house inspired Janet Goss’s latest novel—the perfect house, on a crystal-clear lake in the Pocono Mountains. “I couldn’t afford to buy the place,” she explains, “so I figured I’d write about it instead.”gossimages

The Great Divide (NAL, July 2013) takes place over the course of one eventful summer, as Vera Van Loon shuttles between her best friend’s lakeside guest 51-z0Ui5AZL._AA190_cabin and “real” life in Manhattan. If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worth Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden everything is perfect… until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life, and Vera could never give up New York.

“I would describe my novels as vacation reading for smart women,” Goss says. “While I don’t doubt that volumes of Proust and and Dickens are being perused on beaches across the country, sometimes a fast-paced plot, with a host of colorful characters and liberal doses of humor—a story that doesn’t underestimate the reader’s intelligence—is exactly what’s called for on a lazy summer afternoon.  Broader themes, such as friendship and family, add depth to the narrative.”51S5szcLEfL._AA160_

A self-proclaimed word nerd, Goss drew on her experience as a test-solver and editor of a nationally syndicated crossword puzzle for her first novel, Perfect on Paper (NAL, 2012). In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly deemed it “[A] charming debut… with plenty of laughs along the way.”

A long-term resident of Greenwich Village, Janet Goss lives with her husband, Edgar, and their spoiled-rotten behemoth of a cat, Gomez.

Visit Janet at her website, janetgossbooks.com, and follow her on Twitter @janetgosswrites

Read the first chapter of THE GREAT DIVIDE:

http://www.janetgossbooks.com/GreatDivideChapter1.pdf


29 July, 2013

Read of the Week: The Great Divide, Janet Goss

Can One Summer Change Your Life Forever?

For the past ten years, Vera Van Loon has been beating the city heat at her friend’s idyllic lakeside guest cabin. There, she’s Aunt Loony to Kit Garrett’s teenagers, a kayaker instead of a straphanger—and a million miles away from the complications of “real” life in Manhattan.
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If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worthy Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden, everything is perfect…until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life, and Vera could never give up New York.

Back in town, a chance encounter with a seductive local convinces her she’s where she belongs—but Cyrus has other ideas. With choices, and crises, coming from all directions, it’s time for Vera to make a life-or-life decision that will be anything but a day at the beach.


19 July, 2013

The Great Divide, Janet Goss

Can One Summer Change Your Life Forever?

For the p51-z0Ui5AZL._AA160_ast ten years, Vera Van Loon has been beating the city heat at her friend’s idyllic lakeside guest cabin. There, she’s Aunt Loony to Kit Garrett’s teenagers, a kayaker instead of a straphanger—and a million miles away from the complications of “real” life in Manhattan.

If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worthy Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden, everything is perfect…until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life, and Vera could never give up New York.

Back in town, a chance encounter with a seductive local convinces her she’s where she belongs—but Cyrus has other ideas. With choices, and crises, coming from all directions, it’s time for Vera to make a life-or-life decision that will be anything but a day at the beach.

“Quirky, snarky and surprising, Goss’ belated coming-of-age story is a well-plotted and rewarding read… Readers will be immersed in the effortlessly detailed worlds of city and country and drawn in further by Goss’ colorful cast of characters and the ties that bind them all together.”—Romantic Times