Q&A With Gina Sorell
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Q&A With Gina Sorell
have the honor of doing a Q&A with author Gina Sorell. Gina Sorell is the
author of the novel “The Wise Women,” which was a Read With Jenna Most Anticipated, GMA Buzz Pick, People
Magazine Best New Books, New York Times Editor’s Choice, WaPo selection.
Q: So Gina when did
you realize that writing was your calling?
A: I’ve always loved
writing. When I was younger, it was journal writing, poetry, plays, and sketch
comedy. In my previous life as an actor, writing was a way to express myself
creatively and create work for myself. I’ve always loved storytelling, but it
wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I decided to go back to school and focus
on my writing. I enrolled in UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and fell in love
with long-form fiction.
Q: What advice do you
give anyone who wants to be a writer? What advice do you give to anyone who
struggles with writers block?
A: I think the best
advice is to write. I know that sounds simple, but just start and try not to
judge the work. No one way is right for everyone, and I think each person needs
to find what works for them. Some people need big chunks of time; others can
grab minutes throughout the day; some need silence, and others need to work in
a coffee shop with people around them. I think it’s important to experiment
with it all and, in doing so, find what’s right for you. Whenever I get
writer’s block, I like to write from a character’s point of view. It could be
an interview, a confession, or a memory—something that’s still connected to the
story but also frees me up because it’s not going to be included in my work in
Q: Does Hollywood
have the rights to your novel?
A: Not yet! Fingers
Q: Are you writing a
new novel now? If so, can you spoil it a little bit about it?
A: I am! I’m writing
a novel about friendship and second chances. It’s also about aging, ambition,
and the next chapter in these three women’s lives.
Q: Whats it like to
have your novel “The Wise Women,” be selected to be a Read With Jenna Most
Anticipated, GMA Buzz Pick, People Magazine Best New Books, New York Times
Editor’s Choice, WaPo selection? All of that sounds very impressive.
A: Thank you! It
sounds impressive, but I must tell you, it doesn’t always feel that way. I’m aware
of how incredibly fortunate I am that THE WISE WOMEN received such a warm
welcome, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still worry whether or not my book will
find readers who love it and know what I was going after. And it certainly
doesn’t make writing any easier. But at the end of the day, the only thing any
writer can control is the writing, so I do my best to focus on that.