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Live webchat with best selling author Jane Green - Mon 2 July 1.30-2.30pm

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 26-Jun-12 14:23:13

With sales of over 10 million books under her belt, Jane's career has gone from strength to strength since her first novel "Straight Talking: in 1996. Every book since has gone straight into the bestseller lists - and along with Helen Fielding she has been credited with founding the genre of 'chick lit'.

Jane's new book The Patchwork Marriage is out this week and explores modern family life, questioning whether love and devotion really are enough to create a happy family. Now in her 40s Jane, originally from the UK, lives in America - but is coming in to GNHQ to answer your questions. She will also be picking her favourite from the thread and the winner will get a signed copy of her book.

hrichards Mon 02-Jul-12 14:25:36

Hi! I was just wondering if you've started writing a new book yet, and if you have, when will it come out in the UK?

JaneGreen Mon 02-Jul-12 14:27:09


Do you still need to do book tours? Most authors claim to hate them. I'd have thought your books were guaranteed to be successful without having to do them any more.

I'm that rare author who quite loves them. Writing is so solitary, I love getting out on the road and meeting my readers. It can be exhausting, but there are the luxury hotels (oh the horror), and the lovely, lovely people - I tend to find it all quite exhilerating. Also, I love public speaking. Bizarre, I know.

JaneGreen Mon 02-Jul-12 14:28:42


Hi! I was just wondering if you've started writing a new book yet, and if you have, when will it come out in the UK?

I have almost finished the edits on Family Pictures, which will be out in March 2013. It is the story of two women, one in California, one in Connecticut. They have never met, have very different lives, but one terrible weekend they discover they have more in common than they think...

twinsmum100 Mon 02-Jul-12 14:30:13

Thanks for answering my question [thanks]

Summer of the waterproof poncho here in Blighty, it seems to have been constantly raining since Christmas sad Wish I was in Nantucket

JaneGreen Mon 02-Jul-12 14:30:19


It's difficult to do sex in a novel that's not written primarily to titillate, isn't it?

Either the sex is written to excite - which is fine but can unbalance the story - or it often sounds a bit daft. Still, bet you could do it. Maybe you should try it under a pseudonym?!

(Sorry, that's not really a question)

I think you have to to it to titillate otherwise why do it? I remember being very clear about that when I wrote the sex in Mr Maybe - there seemed to be no point unless I did it properly. I did read lots of porn beforehand to make sure I got it right! Pseudonym might be a good idea. How about titles? 60 Shades of Green?

twinsmum100 Mon 02-Jul-12 14:30:38


JaneGreen Mon 02-Jul-12 14:31:40


How important is it to have an agent?

And another one, sorry - do you think writers are born? Or is it possible to learn how to write good books?

I think you can absolutely learn how to write, and there are many great books on how to structure a good story. Good luck!

GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-12 14:33:19

Thank you so much to Jane for a fantastic webchat - very fast typing (years of practice) so lots got through and some fascinating answers. Am off to reread that bathtub scene now...

JaneGreen Mon 02-Jul-12 14:34:22

Fantastic questions! This was one of the best chats I've done - thank you so much to all of you for turning up. My warmest wishes and love to you all,

Jane xx

nanaej Mon 02-Jul-12 14:36:43

Thanks for the answer and your books! It is my view that great writers write books people enjoy and that make them reflect on life. It does not matter if it impacts on many or a few!

JosieGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-12 15:03:58

Nice to see you come back, nanaej, as JaneGreen picked your question as her favourite of the chat - so you've won a signed copy of her latest book "The Patchwork Marriage".

We'll email you with more information.

nanaej Mon 02-Jul-12 15:05:54

how fabulous..I heard the programme on R4 i think talking about it and was going to buy it, Thanks very much,