Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Writers in their own words-GCC

I don't know about you, but there's something about summertime that makes me want to curl up by the pool or on my porch with a juicy, gossipy novel. And Maggie Marr has written the perfect one (and, even better, it's a sequel so I can really immerse myself!). SECRETS OF THE HOLLYWOOD GIRLS CLUB "is a spot-on insider’s look at an industry where those at the top of their game must do anything to keep from being brought down."

I had a chance to catch up with Maggie, so let's hear from her in her own words . . .

1.) How did you come up with the idea for this book? Are you more driven by plot or by character?

Prior to becoming a full time writer, I was a motion picture agent for ICM. I worked full time repping writers and directors. So Hollywood is my home. I started hearing a character voice in my head and late at night when I couldn’t sleep or on the weekends, I would write down the story. My husband convinced me to give four chapters to my friend and colleague (and now agent) at ICM. I gave her four chapters without my name on them, guessing she’d pass and then I could go on about my life repping my screenplay writers and directing clients. But instead she loved it. I finished the manuscript and when she took it out, there were two houses that wanted the book…so I ended up going with Crown. And suddenly, I was a writer.

2.) Who's your favorite character in this book and why?

In this book it’s Lydia and Mary Anne for sure. Funny in Hollywood Girls Club I felt like Celeste the actress and Jessica the agent that wanted to take over the entire manuscript and in Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club it was Lydia the studio head and Mary Anne the screenplay writer that wanted to lead the way.

3.) What's your writing process/writing environment like?

I get up with the girls around six and get to my computer by 7:30. I write until 12 noon and then have lunch with my two daughters and put them down for nap. Once they’re asleep I work from 2 to 4. In the evening around 8 (after the girls are in bed) I might read or edit, but I don’t get much writing done in the evening….I’m usually too tired.

4.) What's your favorite part of writing?

I love the first draft. I love the freedom of just whizzing along kind of knowing where the story will go but not totally. I love hearing the character’s voice in my head, I love hearing them tell me their story. Truly, that is a great gift that I am thankful for everyday.

5.) What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten about writing?

Read everything. Write a ton. Rewrite even when you don’t want to. And persevere…never ever give up.

Thanks for the great advice and great book! Check out Maggie's blog too!


Carleen Brice said...

Ooh! I really want to read this! I'll be going to LaLa land next week, and this could be the perfect plane read.

p.s. And I may have some Hollywood news of my own when I return. (wicked grin)

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Have a great trip--and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you . . .

sharon said...

The first draft...full of passion and excitement! My dear husband booted up our old (MS-DOS) computer last night. It had my journal on it from the first time I met my dad after about a 20 year abscence. I was overwhelmend by my husband taking the time to figure out how to make our ancient computer work (so that I could keep that written memory)...the tears streamed... obviously! I only read the first few paragraphs...Wow, my writing was so full of passion and emotion...But I don't know how to turn the computer on, so I can't read the rest until he is back in town! How easily we forget how to use our old technology!