April 4, 2005

Three Questions: Kathleen O'Reilly (with a side of Angst)

YAY! It is GCC day! Which means we can talk to Kathleen O’Reilly (who is funny! and possibly even MENTALLY WELL!) instead of talking about HOW TO MAKE 22 CHAPTERS all saved carefully in separate files with different numbering systems and headers and footers and etc into a SINGLE, COHESIVE DOCUMENT. Yep, I am back in edits for BETWEEN, GEORGIA and soon is the time on Shprockets where Warner needs the whole book in ONE .doc. I did it absolutely incorrectly in every possible way with gods in Alabama. My gods doc was the electronic equivelent of trying to bind paper using toad spittle because the workings of the stapler elude you, even though you have a stapler and a 50 page YOUR FRIEND, THE STAPLER instruction manual sitting RIGHT THERE BESIDE YOU.

A VERY nice man I know offered to make the whole thing into a single, cohesive doc file FOR me, but I said no. I told him, "Thanks, but I have to do it myself because my mother said that all-pervasive fishing metaphor to me one too many times as I was squandering my childhood." You know the one. Goes something like: If you give a girl a perfectly formatted Word doc, she will turn in one MS on time, but if you teach her to MAKE a perfectly formatted Word doc, she can always get a job in the secreterial pool of a heartless conglomerate if no one but her mother buys her book.

Not that I am still puking into my soup with nerves OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. Not that I would willingly hand over half my soul and change to the devil to see into the future and KNOW that one way or another everything is going to be okay.

AND SPEAKING OF THE DEVIL...I got to sit down and chat with Kathleen O’Reilly about her brand spankin' new just-released 20 seconds ago novel. I like the premise:

What would you sacrifice to be a size zero? For more than a few women, the promise of thin thighs in 30 seconds might just convince them to deal with the devil. Award-winning author Kathleen O'Reilly's The Diva’s Guide to Selling Your Soul (Apr., Downtown Press) is a story for every woman who knows that getting celebrity-style skinny involves a pact with Lucifer, or in this case, the silver-tongued Lucy. She's the trashiest gossip columnist in the city and she's working a pyramid scheme that's truly evil. The more clients our "innocent" heroine V recruits for her "Life Enrichment Program," the more of V's decadent desires will come true. Unfortunately, V soon discovers there maybe something worth saving in her after all, which means when she made the deal with the devil she may have truly damned herself -- unless she can figure a way out.

Me: Lit blogs have been abuzz defining Pink Ladies and Gray Ladies. Your book cover seems to make you a "Green Lady." How do you define yourself as a writer?


K'OR: I have to say that I'm not a big fan of definitions because once we do that,
we start creating a box around what we write. I think I'll just say that
I write stories . Or maybe I should call myself a "Green Lady". It
sounds different enough. Seriously though, mainly I write stories about
people who undervalue themselves and then discover their true worth,
hopefully by the end of the book

Me: In your bio, you mention your first "book" was a Romance
you wrote at age 11 that ended up being read aloud to your
class---How did THAT happen. Tell it like a story. And was
the hero embarrasingly similar to any boy in your
class---extra points for salacious details!

KO'R: I still have that story. It'll never see the light of day, though. We had
an assignment to write a short story. The teacher was Mrs. Witt. My story
was about a new girl at school, who was crushing on the popular guy, and
there was a dance coming up. She thought he had asked the popular girl, and
at the end of the story, as she realizes that he wants to take her, his lips
covered her in the kiss that was heard around every classroom in Mark Twain
Elementary. I don't remember being teased, only the abject mortification
that came from not only having my words read aloud, but also, the
realization that no one was going to buy my "boys have cooties" defense
anymore. I grew up that day. It was a lesson I believe every writer should

Me: The book has such an interesting premise--- If you were
going to sell your soul, what's your list? Is it Similar to V's or?

KO'R: My list is pretty similar to V's. Size Two, Check. Great bag, check.
Media attention that rival's Paris, or in my case, JK Rowling. Check.
Money's a big driver for me, but it's not an ambition, more a measuring
stick, so I'm not one of those people who wishes for a million dollars. I
want to earn my million dollars. Also, I'd really love to have people do my
bidding when I choose. I think it'd be very cool, and quite handy when
dealing with for example, the IRS.

Posted by joshilyn at April 4, 2005 7:46 AM

Honey, more people than your mother have ALREADY bought your book! Relax and let Scott format the document. Why drive the mental illness number any higher than it needs to be?

Posted by: Amy at April 4, 2005 10:25 AM