Monday, February 8, 2021

You're Too Kind, I Am Humbled

 What is one interview question that you wish someone would ask you but rarely, if ever, has? What’s the answer?

- from Susan



NPR INTERVIEWER: “How does it feel to be a New York Times bestselling author and to have your book being made into a Netflix film with Lily James starring?”


SUSAN SHEA: “I adore Lily. We met over tea in New York last week, and she really understands my protagonist, who is young, spirited, and lovely just like Lily. And to have Janelle Monae playing her co-investigator is just perfect. She’s a major talent, and we bonded over diner in LA. I could not be happier. As to the book being number one for ten weeks, I can only say there are so many fabulous readers and booksellers to thank. “


NPR: Did you ever think this would happen? I mean, so many writers toil for pittances and can only dream of making a portion of your success.


SHEA: But wait. I toiled for pittances for years. I nibbled at the edges of making it big but it never happened. This is hardly an overnight success.”


NPR: What do you think made the difference with this book?


SHEA: I hired Michelle Obama’s public relations firm. Had to take out a second mortgage on my house and stop buying premium cat food, but it was worth it.


NPR: Um. So, what’s your next book about?


SHEA: Lily and Janelle are begging me to make this one the first in a series. Netflix offered me a bazillion dollars to do it, so I say, why not? The writer’s life is a crap shoot but when you throw the dice perfectly, you have to roll with it, right?






Abir said...

Ha! I love it, Susan! This film needs to happen so that you can go back to buying the expensive cat food!

Dietrich Kalteis said...

Don't forget all your friends here, Susan. And yes, go back to the better cat food.

Susan C Shea said...

Thanks, Abir. My cats than you too.

Susan C Shea said...

Dietrich, I will always remember and salute the little people without whom....oh wait. That was the nasty fantasy Susan talking! At this rate in real life, I'll be the one eating the cat food!

Susan C Shea said...