On Sunday I drove to meet the bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. She was reading from her latest novel Beautiful Day. The event took place at Charleston South Carolina’s main library.
Elin opened by reading a few pages Beautiful Day. She explained that this novel covers the spectrum of marriage from wedding to divorce. A central part of the story is this notebook.
After the reading was finished, Elin answered questions from the audience. I asked about her writing style. Her response was that she never likes using first person and will always write her novels in third person. Another asked what made you want to write? She felt she was an author from the time she was a little girl. After finishing her studies at the University of Iowa School of Creative Writing. She found an agent who liked the idea of her writing about Nantucket.
So her writing career began with a publishing contract with St. Martin. They published her first five novels before switching and going over to Hachette Little Brown.
The discussion then to turned to which is better Hard back copy, paperback copy, or e-book? This issue is a concern not only to Elin but other authors as well. The group basically said paperback was there choice. What would you choose?
I look forward to seeing Elin again soon and look forward to reading her next novel!