Garth Stein on Helping Write a Complete Novel in Six Days

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By Maryann Yin Comment

We caught up with  Garth Stein (pictured), one of the 36 authors participating in the Novel: Live! writing marathon, a benefit for a literary nonprofit.

The finalized version will be published by Open Road Integrated Media in the spring. We caught up with Garth to ask him about the experience of helping 36 authors write a novel in six days.

Q: How would you describe your experience during the 2-hour block you were writing for this live novel?
A: Intense, fun, focused.

Q: Was it difficult to pick up where someone else left off?
A: No, we had a plan. The plot was sketched out. I knew what I had to accomplish and then it was just a matter of writing it.

Q: What is your opinion of the final product from “The Novel: Live!” ?
A: It’s actually really good. Elizabeth George’s penultimate chapter makes me cry. With a little editing and work, it’s going to be a very good 36-author novel.

Q: Do you have any ideas for your next solo project book?
A: Of course, silly! I’m a writer!

Stein wrote The Art of Racing in the Rain. It was release in 2008 by HarperCollins and has since gone on to be translated in 23 languages. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.