Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

Welcome to Author Sarah Kernochan.


Sarah Kernochan received early acclaim for her Academy Award winning documentary Marjoe. She then recorded two albums for RCA as a singer-songwriter. In 1977, her first novel Dry Hustle was published. Returning to film, she scripted the the film Nine and ½ Weeks, Impromptu, Sommersby, What Lies Beneath and All I Wanna Do, which she also directed. She received a second Academy Award in 2002 for her short documentary Thoth. 2010 brought the re-issue of Dry Hustle as an ebook, and a third album of songs. 2011 brings us to Jane Was Here; Sarah’s first love and teenage ambition – a novel about reincarnation.


If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
I went to Sarah Lawrence College when Joseph Campbell was still teaching there. And I didn’t take his anthropology courses because I was only interested in music and writing. What a missed opportunity that was! One of the great deep thinkers of our time, who explained storytelling to us storytellers. But maybe he has been reincarnated and I’ve met him without knowing it.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
If you are interested in the ideas of karma and reincarnation, as applied to an intricate mystery plot, then Jane Was Here is the book you crave.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Unfortunately I have a day job writing screenplays for hire. I want to adapt one of my spec scripts into a novel but making time for it is a problem right now.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
The stories my parents read to me when I was a child produced such wild joy and fascination in me that I wanted to create the same feeling in others. The first pleasure is writing for yourself but in the end it can’t compare to the pleasure of being read by a multitude of strangers. And now we have such wonderful ways to connect with readers.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing glowing reviews by complete strangers accumulate on Amazon. These people generously take the time out of their lives to write about your work and how it affected them. God bless you all.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? 
Hogwarts, without a doubt. I could do serious damage with a wand.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t let them get you down. All my life people have underestimated me, only fueling my desire to prove them wrong. Also, for God’s sake buy a copy of The Elements of Style. It’s only 50 pages. There’s no excuse for poor syntax and grammar if you’re a writer. You’ll reveal your limitations right away. Words are power, and you’re wasting bullets.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I am the love child of Athena and Pan (yes, they did have a one-night stand and then went back to hating each other).

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
I’m already there. Martha’s Vineyard.

How did you know you should become an author? 
I was too tall and ungovernable to be an actress. My boyfriend decided to be a writer, and I always did whatever he did, even smoking Winstons as opposed to Malboros. I broke up with him because he told me never to talk about my writing in his presence. I guess he saw me as competition. He’s still a writer and so am I, and we’re friends, but I still never talk about my writing around him.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
Dollar for dollar, word for word, book for book, Faulkner gives the best value. He fills me with awe as well as every other emotion humans are capable of.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
All. Which is why I never see to run out of material: I’m a veritable stew of traits. My characters are very dark and edgy (some Pollyannas even call them repellent) so I guess I’m dishing out my shadow side a lot of the time. I think I write so that people can know me without having to suffer my company.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
Another lottery ticket. A million dollars is just chump change nowadays.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Writing. No kidding. The guilt comes from zoning out when I should be having a life.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Jane Was Here. Oh, snap! I already wrote that.

Jane Was Here:

A mysterious young woman calling herself Jane turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town’s inhabitants. As Jane’s memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide.

Giveaway Details:
6 winners will each receive a copy of Jane was Here
3 paperback copies open to US only
3 ebooks open Internationally only
Ends 9/1/11

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