For those of you who missed my review of Never Enough, you can read it here before reading the interview.
From the author of Losing Faith, a novel about two sisters and the eating disorder that threatens to destroy their family.
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister. But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship —and her sister—before it’s too late?
Please welcome Denise Jaden to Stellar Book Blog!
1. Was it difficult to write Never Enough because of the bulimia and abuse issues that the characters deal with throughout this novel?
Because I wrote this novel over more than eight years, many of the difficult issues were layered in over time. It was still difficult to write on these subjects, especially because some of them were affecting my life through friends at the time, but I can imagine it would have been more difficult to write during a shorter period of time.
I started writing Never Enough because a good friend of mine was suffering with the ups and downs of a severe eating disorder. I felt like I was always saying or doing the wrong things for her, and so I started writing in order to understand her and what she was going through better. At first, it was more of an exploration than something I aimed to publish.
I never write with a message in mind, but now that I’m on the other side of writing Never Enough, I would hope that readers would take away a renewed willingness to reach out and to speak up when they see someone who needs them.
Even after spending so long thinking on these subjects and writing about them, I’m not sure that I have any hard and fast advice. All individuals are different, and so it depends on the person, but I would encourage everyone to try to find true friends who you can share your deepest struggles with.
4. When writing your novels, do you have any tricks or habits that help you write?
Not really. Having a young son at home has made writing time fairly limited for me. Usually when I sit down to write, I only have an hour, at the most. So when I have that hour, I get serious right away. I believe in fast-drafting and moving forward, especially with early drafts—not spending any time second-guessing my words, but just letting whatever is in me that day pour out.
5.Just for fun - if you could spend the day with anyone, dead or alive who would it be and why?
It’s kind of an emotional answer, but I’d spend the day with my dad. He died in an accident just over a year ago, and I miss him terribly. One more day with him on earth would be amazing.
Thank you so much Denise for taking the time to answer my questions. And I'm terribly sorry for the loss of your father. That must be a terrible thing to go through. Though congratulations on which will be a HUGE success, the novel Never Enough. It's already word in the blogging and book community that this book is FANTASTIC!
About the author
Denise Jaden's writing has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazine (Spring 2008), The Greensilk Journal (Fall 2007 - where her story, Locked Away won an Editor's Choice Award) and The Tidepool Ficton Ezine. Her novels have won various awards through Romance Writers of America. Her first novel for teens, Losing Faith, was released from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in 2010 and her next one, Never Enough will be out in July 2012. She lives just outside of Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son.
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