Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TV Interview: The Writer's Dream

Last week I did an interview that will be aired on local TV in the Hamptons. Huge thanks to Dina Santorelli for asking such great questions and to Linda Marie Frank for producing such a terrific show.

A special shout-out to Max, my techno-wizard, for posting it on YouTube for me.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Exciting to see THE OTHER LIFE translated for foreign markets. Here's the sexy cover for the Romanian edition:

That title translates to "Parallel Lives."

And here's the German edition:

This title translates to "The Life That You Choose." I wonder if it's intended irony that the cover looks like death (albeit pretty).

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One year ago today ...

A year ago today I had my first NPR interview. I told myself I wasn't nervous, but as I waited in reception, chatting with my publicist, my voice went out. Just gone. I had never lost my voice before and didn't know that could happen from nerves. At any rate, I had a glass of water and you can hear for yourself if I recovered ...

Liane Hansen interviews Ellen Meister on NPR

Thursday, March 08, 2012

My favorite writing quote


You know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It's never been anything but your religion. Never. I'm a little over-excited now. Since it is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? ... I'm so sure you'll only be asked two questions. Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out? If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions. If only you'd remember before you sit down to write that you've been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world would Buddy Glass most want to read if he had his heart's choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself.

This still give me chills, friends.