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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reading, Writing and Happiness

“Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content.” – Joy Fielding

Fielding’s quote just seemed apropos during this time of upheaval – plus she was born on this date in 1945, so that made it another great reason to talk a bit about her and her writing.

Born in Toronto, Canada (where she still makes her home), Fielding has been both a writer and an actress but she’s been in the writing field a lot longer, having started at the age of 8.  And while she’s acted in a number of TV shows and a few movies, she’s much better known for her writing with 27-plus novels to her credit, led by the mega-bestsellers Kiss Mommy Goodbye and The Bad Daughter.  
               Fielding said her primary market has been the U.S. and and that may be because most of her books are set in U.S. locales.  She said that she prefers setting her tales in big American cities, where the landscape is a better “fit” for her themes of urban alienation and loss of identity.

“I'm writing exactly the kinds of books I like to write,” she said.  “And they're the kinds of books I like to read. They're popular commercial fiction. That's what they are.” 

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