Thursday, April 15, 2010
Looking at Lisa Scottoline
After a five-year legal career, Lisa Scottoline decided to stay home, raise her daughter, and write part-time. It took five years to get published. In the meantime, she lived off her credit cards and was "broker than broke." One of her early rejections is permanently etched in memory. The agent informed her that they didn't have time to take on any more clients, and even if they did, they wouldn't take her. She persisted and has written 17 best-selling legal thrillers which are available in 25 countries.
Based in Philadelphia, her novels are best known for their fast-paced action and page-turning suspense. Many of her down-to-earth characters are of Italian descent. In her spare time, she writes a weekly column, Chick Wit, which appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and she teaches the course "Justice and Fiction" at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Her site also contains videos describing the creative process, characterization, point of view...Writing 101 for wannabe writers.
I have just finished reading her latest novel, Think Twice, which I highly recommend.
Written by Joanne Guidoccio