Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Cheapest Form of Travel
by Michelle Gagnon
You write nail-biting, suspenseful thrillers that pack a wallop and leave readers hungry for more…how do you detox after delving into that kind of stress and adrenalin?
Liquor, and lots of it.
Thanks for saying so, Kelli. My goal is always to keep my readers up all night.
I have to confess, there are days when it's hard to come down off that high. It's always a little disconcerting to look up and realize that I have to switch from a chase scene across abandoned WWII naval vessels to making dinner (one excuse for why I don't do much of the cooking). But that's the writer's life, I suppose- we live a significant chunk of it vicariously, through our characters. Aside from my immediate family, I've spent most of the past four years with Kelly Jones and Jake Riley. I have days where I don't even leave the house, yet feel like I've spent the majority of it somewhere else (at the moment, Mexico City, where my next book is set).
But then, that's the benefit of writing, and reading. Books can take you all around the world without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Saves a lot on airfare, that's for sure.