Part of the challenge in building this new site is exploring the best ways for us to communicate and how to organize resulting information in a way that can be easily retrieved by others.
The Questions page is here simply to consolidate some questions and answers being posted on other places on the site. (How we to eventually archive them under topic headings I will leave to the scientific minds at Fortsmouth Design.)
If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will find there is a place to submit a question here. In the meantime, these are a couple that have come in:
Yanming wrote on December 20, 2010: ” Just bought the electronic version of WEST END and I’m quite curious why the original ending has bothered you so much?”
It has bothered me so much because the original editor, the book club, the original reprint publisher and the original English publisher were all in disagreement over Alexandra’s storyline and the resulting compromises weakened the book considerably, I thought. At any rate, the end for Alexandra was hopeless, and I have only reinstated the original more upbeat final lines.
At the moment, the changes are only available in the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK editions, so you are a step ahead of the rest of the world. :)
slb wrote on September 29, 2010: “I don’t know. In an odd way, Benedict Canyon (along with Any Given Moment) might be my favorite of these books because *all* the characters got happy endings, even the lesbian ones. I adored Riverside Drive and West End, but was always frustrated that Alexandra was left brokenhearted each time and wanted to metaphorically throttle Cassy for her own self-cluelessness. And in Riverside Park where Alexandra finally gets her happy ending, I found it frustrating to be ‘told’ the narrative rather than ‘shown.’
Granted I know it’s hard to show ten years of history, but it did make me curious as to why Ms. Van Wormer chose to write a sequel to Riverside Drive’ rather than ‘West End.’ Especially since it ties in far more directly to her Sally Harrington (which I admit I read only for Alexandra) novels.”
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, slb, but from the first I intended to someday write the fictional autobiography of Alexandra. The last book I was able to write entirely the way I wanted was Riverside Drive, and that is how I want to do “The Autobiography of Alexandra Waring.”
I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but Alexandra is the only character whose head we have never been inside of. We have had to judge her purely by what she says and what she does. It is going to take some time to write, but I will do it and I shall do it RIGHT.
I’m glad you like BC. In ways it is my favorite, too.
Riverside Park as a sequel to Riverside Drive was purely because of the ongoing deluge of mail over twenty years sking about characters in that book who did not appear in a substantial way later on.
P.S. Please call me Laura!
San H in Nova Scotia wrote on August 10, 2010: “I recently read and really enjoyed Riverside Park. Will there be more developments in Cassy and Alexandra’s story?”
YMJ wrote on August 1, 2010: I really enjoy your books, in particular, the stories about Alexandra. Wish that they could be bought in ebook format.
Never send initials to a novelist because then she will be distracted by making up names for you. Yolanda May Johnstone, Yvonne Molyneux Josselyn, Yvette Marie Jeanpierre…) Dear YMJ, oh, but we are hard at work on this as you read this!
The e-rights, or electronic rights for fiction (to download to read on your Kindle, or Nook, or Sony Reader or iPhone or iPad or Whatever) is a relatively new thing. Before 1996 or so the term didn’t even exist in publishing contracts.
The first equivalent of rights controversy was in the music industry with the invention of the CD. All artists whose contracts specified that any right not specifically mentioned in their contract remained with them, which meant record companies had to negotiate a new contract for that right and separately pay to reproduce music they had on LPs and cassettes onto CDs. Those artists who did not have that clause in their contracts were therefore held to the terms of the original contract, which often were abysmal.
So this was a wake-up call with entertainment attorneis and when my first novel, RIVERSIDE DRIVE, was sold in 1987 to Doubleday, I had a clause in my contract which said that any rights not specified in it “throughout the universe” were retained by me.
So the long and the short of it is, on many of my books I do have the electronic rights and you may be assured that at least the first three novels Alexandra appears in, RIVERSIDE DRIVE, WEST END and ANY GIVEN MOMENT, will be published electronically before October and you will hear about it!
At this very second, RIVERSIDE PARK, WEST END, JURY DUTY and BENEDICT CANYON are available.
Rick Hayward’s guestbook entry of July 12, 2010 (Laura is my favorite cousin and we had tons of fun growing up. I miss her and hope all the best for her. I have all or most of her books in hardcover and her board game and proudly display them in my home in NJ) we received the succinct question:
WHAT BOARD GAME?
Ah, yes, yet another sidebar to my writing career was doing some licensing work for Lorimar in relation to the book DALLAS. One assignment was to “Dallas-ize” a financial board game, which led to the game company allowing me to pitch an idea for a board game called Ladies’ Night™.
It was a game of discussion about relationships, the winner being the person who could most accurately predict the answers of the other players. Maruca Industries published it here and Hasbro in Canada. This was years ago and the game company evolved into another entity and, well, the game went out of circulation. Over the years I have overhauled the game for an entire new schematic… Why, might you ask? Because the ultimate challenge of the game, as Working Mother so ably pointed out, was having any friends left after playing the game! (whoops)
Rick, hang onto your copy of Ladies’ Night. It is starting to be worth a little money.
Oh, if anyone wants to nudge me about finishing the development of the new game, contact my agent, Loretta Barrett.
Mary Ann McDermott asked on June 13, 2010:
I have read several of your books and have really enjoyed them. I started with Riverside Drive and would like to continue through the series in the order that you wrote them. Is there a place I can get that information? Thank you.
Mary Ann, dear, I think this entire site has been designed around the question of how can anyone make sense of all the books I’ve written. If you were hooked on Riverside Drive, the ongoing link between novels is Alexandra Waring. Hit that tab, “Alexandra Chronicles,” at the top of the splash page for that list. Or you can type something like “order of novels” or “book list” in the search box.