New York: Emily Giffin writes about realistic relationships.
Her stories aren`t about vampires falling in love, but lifelike, flawed people experiencing believable situations. She`s built an enthusiastic fan following and has sold more than 5 million copies in the US of her first four books.
The 38-year-old author`s first novel, "Something Borrowed," about a women who has an affair with her best friend`s fiance, is being made into a movie starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and John Krasinski.
Her third book, "Baby Proof," is also being adapted for the big screen.
Giffin`s latest novel, "Heart of the Matter," follows two women whose lives intersect after a tragic accident.
"The book is about motherhood and the mystery that is marriage. How it`s very hard to understand someone else`s marriage. ... And it`s about the mistakes we make and how we never really see ourselves as the villain in our own life story despite how we sometimes can really hurt others," she said in a recent interview. "And ultimately it`s about forgiveness."
Giffin also talked about fan enthusiasm and how the characters changed the plot of "Something Borrowed."
Q: What`s it like to have "Something Borrowed" made into a movie?
Giffin: There was a time when these characters only existed in my imagination. It`s been so much fun and I`ve been very lucky that the director and the producers have been so inclusive, really generous to include me and ask my opinion which they do not need.
Q: How long does it take you to write a novel?
Giffin: Longer than I would like for sure (laughs). It`s a very character-driven process for me. I have a vague sense of beginning, middle and end. But often that changes course as I get to know the characters in the same way that real people can surprise you.
Q: So have you changed the plot of any of your books while you were writing them?
Giffin: In "Something Borrowed," I had the sense that Dex was very much, to use an old-fashioned word, a cad. The kind of guy you would expect to have an affair in the days leading up to his wedding. As I wrote that story and got to know Rachel and Dex, I discovered their feelings for one another was sincere ... which in turn changed the course of the book. I originally anticipated Rachel ending up alone but as I got to know both the characters, I determined, "Who was I to get in the way of their love?" (Laughs.)
Q: How do you feel about your fans?
Giffin: I have very enthusiastic readers. And I`m so grateful for them. The enthusiasm that`s coming along with "Something Borrowed" being made into a movie has been so much fun for example. And people do have very strong feelings. There`s a lot of conversation on Facebook for example about the color of one actress` hair and how it does not jibe with the description in the book. I just think people get attached to these characters in the same way they`re attached to friends and family. And even the ones who are making poor decisions and mistakes and hurting others, the reader doesn`t abandon them.
Q: Is it nerve-racking to have a book published and then wait for reaction from your readers?
Giffin: In some ways it`s hardest with the people closest to you because you can`t always trust them to be completely honest. My mom, interestingly enough, loves everything that I ever write! You have to at some point accept you`re not going to please everyone and be OK with that.
Q: Do you ever have writer`s block?
Giffin: That`s a ridiculous question! Of course I don`t! No, I do. Of course. With anything in life there are moments when it`s much more difficult. Calling it writer`s block is very fancy but a lot of time it`s sheer laziness in that writing is hard work even if you love it.
Q: Any ideas for your next book?
Giffin: I have thought about it but it`s not formed enough to be interesting even if I were to tell you.