Another interview

It appears at: The Bookclub Forum, a UK site.



15 replies
  1. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    I know this is not related to any topic here, but I love your book “Gravity.” It is my favorite so far of all your novels. Back when I first picked up the book, there was a mention on the cover that it was being turned into a film. I’ve been searching online, but I can’t find any recent information about this book and any film that might be coming out of it…just that 20th Century Fox now has the rights. Maybe you have no clue or don’t care, but is there any hope of this book being turned into a film? Or is it forever lost to ‘development hell’? It would make such a great movie. I love science fiction movies, and it seems there is a dearth of GOOD ones being made.

    If you have no clue, please feel free to ignore my question, but I just had to ask.

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    Kristin, as happens with so many other Hollywood projects, GRAVITY got stuck in development and it looks like it won’t be made. There were at least two film scripts written (by studio-contracted writers), but nothing has happened since. I’m very disappointed, of course. But it seems to be the way things usually turn out.

  3. Charissa
    Charissa says:

    I’m dying to read Gravity. I can’t find it in our bookstore, and it’s been stolen from our library. I’m frustrated, why can’t our bookstores bring in the GOOD books for a change? And put them in the store as soon as they come out, not a few months later.

    I liked the interview, I have a character like Jane Rizzoli for you — she’s the opposite of me. I’ve never been able to write characters that are similar to myself.

    – Chrissy

  4. Charissa
    Charissa says:

    Joe, sadly my mum has this *thing* where she won’t buy anything online. [And won’t let me while I’m in her house.]

    No matter how desperate I am for the book, I don’t want to upset her anymore. =(

    I just have to *try* and be patient and wait for them to get it at the bookstore. I keep checking out second-hand bookstores too — I just got Body Double and it’s in great condition! =) But thank you anyway!

    – Chrissy

  5. NewMexicanAnn
    NewMexicanAnn says:

    Awesome interview, Tess! I read The Poisonwood Bible, too, because a good friend gave it to me one Christmas, but I was so uncomfortable reading it because it nearly destroyed the faith that I was building up again at that time in my life. I guess it was uncomfortable because it has a deep truth to it.

    Anyway, if you’re looking for other great books that aren’t thrillers, one of my favorites is Cripple Creek Days by Mabel Barbee Lee. That’s a story about a girl who spent a good deal of her childhood in Cripple Creek, CO in it’s mining camp heyday. I know lots of other good history books, too.

    One other thing that I found absolutely fascinating reading lately is this Pearl Buck reader that another friend gave me because she was cleaning off her bookshelf. It had The Good Earth (Nobel Prize for Lit winner in 1938), Imperial Woman, and an autobiographical thing called The China I Knew. Those had a lot of history in them and are pretty accessible to Western readers. It explains a lot about Eastern beliefs, culture, and such.

  6. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    Thanks for answering, Tess! I appreciate you taking the time. I’m bummed to hear it more than likely won’t get made.

    By the way, I am awed by how much research you must have done for “Gravity.” I learned a LOT about working/living in space from that book. It was all very fascinating.

  7. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    This is unrelated to this post, but I just wanted to say that I LOVE the new site design, GOOD JOB!

  8. Tess
    Tess says:

    Thanks for the compliment on the new homepage design. My web designer and I thought it was time for a new look! (Plus, I wanted to put up a photo that didn’t look quite so forbidding.)

  9. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Oh PLEASE! YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL! I cannot wait to read your new book, I’m sooooo excited!

  10. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    Your new blog is really great. I just have one question, on our computer, the printing on your entire blog is extremey small. Is there any way you can make the font larger? This upsets me, as I like to read your blog postings. Thanks for the great books!

  11. struggler
    struggler says:

    Laurie, I use four browsers and my default is Opera. Using Opera, go to ‘View’ and then ‘Zoom’. You’ll have several size options, from the standard 100% up to 200%, which makes the text much bigger and therefore easier to read. I’m pretty sure all the other browsers I use (Netscape, Mozilla & Explorer) have zoom options too.

  12. writeforlove
    writeforlove says:

    Laurie, if you’re working on a MAC, you can hit the apple key and the + key at the same time and it will enlarge the text size. Like struggler said, you can also go into the zoom windown on the drop-downs of most browsers.

    Tess, great interview. All this talk of Gravity- I haven’t read it yet and am looking forward to it. I have the poisonwood bible too and haven’t read it yet either- but that’s the 3rd mention of it in the last week for me, so I think it’s deck next….

  13. Tess
    Tess says:

    Thank you struggler and writeforlove for answering that question! When it comes to giving advice on technical matters, I am useless.

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