Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, The Almost Truth came out in December 2012
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
Where do you get your ideas?
I wish there was an Idea WalMart. Then you could buy them cheaper by the case. Alas neither WalMart or Target have an idea aisle. My ideas come from things that catch my interest- a story in the newspaper, an overheard conversation, work or something seen on the net. Those ideas all go to a dark corner of my brain and percolate until a story idea pops out.
I hear Unpredictable is going to be made into a movie- is this true? What about your other books?
Unpredictable has been optioned by a producer. They’ve begun the process of adapting the book into a screenplay and I’ve begun the process of wearing oversized sunglasses and carrying a dog in my purse.
How do you write a whole book?
One page at a time. I have another job in addition to writing so I have to schedule time to write or else it doesn’t get done. I know some writers who plot out every chapter of their book and there are others who make it up as they go along. There are writers who write all day every day and those who write for a half hour here and there when they can sneak it in. There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to write a book, it just depends what works for you.
Can you read my book?
I love to read everything, but alas if I read everything sent to me I wouldn’t have time to write my own books.
What do you like to read?
Everything! I love books. I love everything from YA’s, to mysteries, to chick lit, to literary novels to non-fiction. Some of my favorite writers are Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Jodi Picoult, Kristy Kiernan, Alison Weir, John Irving, Ruth Rendell and the list could go on and on…..