The Book Chick: I enjoyed Moonlight in Odessa so much, and the ending leaves room for a potential sequel. Do you have any plans to write one?
Janet Skeslien Charles: So glad to hear that you enjoyed the novel! I am working on a parallel story about Jane, one of the characters in Moonlight in Odessa.
TBC: Are you working on anything new at the moment?
JSC: I have been working on a few personal essays and just started a new job as the Programs Manager at the American Library in Paris, which has been great.
TBC: When you're working on a book, what is a typical day like for you?
JSC: I write in the morning because that is the time I can concentrate the best. Then in the afternoon, I edit and respond to correspondence. I am always trying to resolve the mysteries of plot and character, so even when I am in the shower or on my way to work, I am still working on my writing...
TBC: What was your journey to publication like?
JSC: It started out bumpy. When the leader of my writing group read the first chapter of my novel and said, 'I don't see this going anywhere,' I knew it was time for a change and found another group. It is important to surround yourself with supportive people.
Every other week, we writers each submitted a chapter and gave feedback. While I was working on the book, I also polished the query letter and researched agents. I met my agent at the Geneva Writers' Conference, an inexpensive weekend conference that was only three hours away. She gave me comments and I worked on improving the manuscript. She sent the book out and had two offers very quickly. I felt very lucky.
TBC: What books are on your nightstand right now?
JSC: Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar by D.J. Connell and The Whispers by Orlando Figes.
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