Literary Birthday - 22 December - Elizabeth Noble

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Noble, born 22 December 1968

Seven Quotes

  1. Researching my novels has changed my life. This year alone, in the name of research, I have abseiled 100 feet off of a viaduct, learnt how to gamble, and danced on stage in a Las Vegas show. At the ripe old age of 36, I’ve finally realized that you are only here once, and I’m never going to say no to a new experience again (so long as its legal!).
  2. I don’t write in linear fashion. I write episodically. I write hundreds of short stories that have to be linked together with a narrative.
  3. New York churned me up. I wrote The Girl Next Door when I lived in New York and I consider it my most self-indulgent novel. I am a better writer in England.
  4. I wanted to explore grief. The layers of it. How it affects the different family members. I wanted to show how it exposes the cracks that already exist in relationships.
  5. I am always very grateful to my readers. As airlines say just before landing, I know you have a choice…and I’m happy if you choose me! 
  6. You can keep your brooding Darcys, Rochesters, Heathcliffs, and de Winters — who needs it? I prefer a twinkle in the eye. Rhett Butler, I say.
  7. I dislike almost all politicians, pushy parents, and bad manners. And I hate, hate, hate cell phones, and the fact that they mean you can never be ‘unavailable.’

Read my Interview with Elizabeth Noble

Noble is the author of seven novels, including The Reading GroupThings I Want My Daughters to Know, and Between a Mother and Her Child.

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