Live Video Chat With Jamie Ford

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Cynthia:
Jul 26, 2013 10:42AM
Join us on Monday, August 26th at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Jamie Ford. We'll be talking about his latest book, Song of Willow Frost, as well as his previous work and the many translations of it, and his life as a writer.

If you have a question for Jamie, please ask it below
Marie Rothbaler:
Aug 03, 2013 12:23PM
loved your book "hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"----will this be set in the same time period?
Marilyn Gray:
Aug 04, 2013 05:39PM
Your first book is one of my favorites! Is the new book historical fiction also? What is the significance of the title?
Sheryl:
Aug 07, 2013 07:22AM
What made you write "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" , and how did you begin?
Lela Coleman:
Aug 19, 2013 07:33PM
What can a writer of short fiction do if there really is no place for success? The button belonging to your dad played such a part in the creation of HATCOBAS -- is there an object or person that engendered the new book?
Blanche Klein:
Aug 19, 2013 07:39PM
I loved the book and my book club enjoyed this read. I'm at work but would like to try and watch the chat
Vicky Corrales:
Aug 19, 2013 07:46PM
q Loved your book "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet". What gave you the idea to write that one and also for your upcoming book?
Vicky Corrales:
Aug 19, 2013 07:48PM
q What is your ethnicity? Does it have anything to do with your choices of characters/plots?
Beatriz Pipkin:
Aug 19, 2013 09:29PM
During the wake of Pearl Harbor was anybody in your father's inmediately family affected by the roundings in Seattle?
Jane Carter:
Aug 20, 2013 05:22AM
Thank you for the invite,
Jane Carter:
Aug 20, 2013 05:23AM
wont be able to attend, as things are too busy this time of year to tie myself to the computer, whoops I hit enter to go to the next line, but thats the scoop. I have bookmarked the book, so that I will buy it when it is available. Jane
Sandy:
Aug 20, 2013 05:36AM
Thoroughly enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, as did our book club. I have recommended it to many friends. I'm looking forward to hearing about your latest book next week.
Samantha Glasser:
Aug 20, 2013 09:41AM
You incorporate a lot of historical facts into your writing which shows you have a passion for the music and the films of the first half of the 20th century. Do you intend to continue this tradition in future books?

Are your characters in any way based on your own personality?
Carol:
Aug 20, 2013 09:22AM
Unfortunately your new book is not available in the state of Connecticut. Every library has ordered it but it has not yet arrived. Unfortunately I will not be able to ask questions since I haven't read it. I totally loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Carol Scott:
Aug 20, 2013 10:00AM
Loved Hotel on the corner, will it be a film. Will certainly give new book whirl.
Eunjung Oh:
Aug 21, 2013 01:45AM
I absolutely loved your book, "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"! What was your motivation to set the characters as Chinese & Japanese? How did you do the research of that time and event for the book?
Eunjung Oh:
Aug 21, 2013 01:46AM
Were any of the characters of "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" based on your own experience?
J VanWyke:
Aug 21, 2013 04:30AM
Q: Have you had other jobs or has writing been your primary endeavor? Did you visit the city in your story?
Paula Spoo:
Aug 21, 2013 12:32PM
q Who are some of your favorite authors? What is the writing process like for you?
Joni:
Aug 21, 2013 06:48PM
Can you talk about the influence of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers? Pros/cons??
Ellen Conrad:
Aug 23, 2013 06:41AM
Enjoyed the discussions in our bookclub, prompted by reading 'Hotel on the corner..." Your new book sounds like it will also prompt discussion. I will not be able to attend your chat, as it is during my work day but hope it will be posted here for viewing later. Did you gain an understanding of Seattle, by living, visiting or reading about the city? Did you gain your understanding of the time period by reading about it - or by interviewing people who lived through it?
Patti Henger:
Aug 26, 2013 10:13AM
Loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet...highly anticipating Songs of Willow Frost. Looking forward to meeting you at Booktopia Petoskey in late September:-) So are you taking a break after the release of this novel or do you already have some ideas cooking for your next work?
Pat Postek:
Aug 26, 2013 10:30AM
q What has been your biggest challenge since you began writing?
Eric Richard:
Aug 26, 2013 10:43AM
As a writer, I find that I can write a first chapter I am satisfied with, but chapter two I lose steam. Have you faced this problem, and how do you get around it?
James King:
Aug 26, 2013 10:48AM
q: Tell us the difference between writing your first and second novels. More challenging with the second? Fear of sophomore slump?
CompassBookRatings:
Aug 26, 2013 10:54AM
Mr. Ford, I have just completed reading an ARC of SONGS OF WILLOW FROST for review. WILLOW FROST, while elegant, is much heavier in tone, darker, and sorrowful than HOTEL. I am curious as to how the fans of HOTEL will receive WILLOW based on pre-conceived expectations. Would you please to talk to the challenges of writing a second novel after such a successful debut novel?
Henry Rroga:
Aug 26, 2013 10:57AM
What do books mean for you?
Kelli Louie:
Aug 26, 2013 11:03AM
q: How are you able to write so well about a time period before you were born?
Henry Rroga:
Aug 26, 2013 11:04AM
Cant hear!
Anne Boardman:
Aug 26, 2013 11:04AM
Now Jamie's audio is very very low!!
Patrick Brown:
Aug 26, 2013 11:05AM
Can anybody hear what Jamie is saying?
Anne Boardman:
Aug 26, 2013 11:05AM
muffled
Ke Nelson:
Aug 26, 2013 11:06AM
We were able to hear Jamie and the interviewer was faint. Now we can hear interviewer but not Jamie.
Kelli Louie:
Aug 26, 2013 11:09AM
Thank you Jamie!
Hugo:
Aug 26, 2013 11:10AM
Hi, I don't know your books, how could you introduce your work in a few words?
Hugo:
Aug 26, 2013 11:12AM
q Hi, I don't know your books, how could you introduce your work in a few words?
Ciska van der Lans:
Aug 26, 2013 11:13AM
q Hi Jamie I read both your books and love both of them. What I noticed in both books is that though they are slow they have a great atmosphere I feel as if I am there. How do you manage to set that atmosphere despite the fact that it is long ago, where the stories of your grandparents enough or how did you get that image so well done in your head?
CompassBookRatings:
Aug 26, 2013 11:14AM
q In HOTEL, you wrote primarily from the prespective a male. However, in WILLOW, a large portion of the book is from the perspective of a woman with some uniquely female challenges. What did you do to make sure you authentically captured the voice of the female character and are you nervous about the reception of her story?
Jumana Abdallah:
Aug 26, 2013 11:15AM
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Kelli Louie:
Aug 26, 2013 11:16AM
I love this Chinese answer! I feel the same way being half chinese!
Mirian:
Aug 26, 2013 11:16AM
q have you started your third book already? Or are you gathering ideas for it already?
Leslie Bigos:
Aug 26, 2013 11:22AM
It seems like you really enjoy meeting your readers. Is the publicity part of the book launch fun for you?
Bibi Hashim:
Aug 26, 2013 11:23AM
Loved the first book; wrote an excellent review of same. Looking forward to this new book. Question: Does Jamie write full-time? If no, what is his primary occupation? Are the characters based on indiviudals he might have known or are they purely his imagination. Lastly, what prompted the story line of his new book?
Jumana Abdallah:
Aug 26, 2013 11:24AM
Q: what is your advice for aspiring writers?
Kris Bowen:
Aug 26, 2013 11:27AM
Bad visual!
Kay Huck:
Aug 26, 2013 11:27AM
q Do you still see yourself as writing romantic stories? Love when you said you are a romantic at heart
Jumana Abdallah:
Aug 26, 2013 11:28AM
Q: Have you started your third book yet?
Jhershey:
Aug 26, 2013 11:29AM
Love your new book, Jamie!
Kay Huck:
Aug 26, 2013 11:29AM
HI Jamie!
Bibi Hashim:
Aug 26, 2013 11:29AM
q Forgot to add the q, so here goes: Loved the first book; wrote an excellent review of same. Looking forward to this new book. Question: Does Jamie write full-time? If no, what is his primary occupation? Are the characters based on indiviudals he might have known or are they purely his imagination. Lastly, what prompted the story line of his new book?
Kay Huck:
Aug 26, 2013 11:30AM
Love your books!
Rich Fahle:
Aug 26, 2013 11:30AM
Q how does your 1970s pop culture sensibilities contribute to your creative life and life as a writer? I've seen your James at 15 (then 16) comments, along with other classic 70s TV programs
Carol Scott:
Aug 26, 2013 11:32AM
Q you are talking abou.t movies, is hotel to be a film? It would tell so well the treatment of the Japanese in the USA at that time which. Really shocked me when I read the book.
Kay Huck:
Aug 26, 2013 11:33AM
would love to see the play
Linda Bass:
Aug 26, 2013 11:34AM
q you are new to me, so what do I read first?
Patty Salier:
Aug 26, 2013 11:34AM
Excellent video chat!
Carol Scott:
Aug 26, 2013 11:34AM
So agree how depressing is that. It would be great if play could come to Uk, I saw Wild Swans recently and that had full Chinese cast so. I am sure we could do it well.
James King:
Aug 26, 2013 11:35AM
Thanks for taking my question. Great answer. Enjoyed the video chat.
Jumana Abdallah:
Aug 26, 2013 11:37AM
Thank you for answering my question! I'm dying to read that book and since you've recommended it, I'll read it for sure! Thank you
Monica Morrell:
Aug 26, 2013 11:37AM
Thank you Jamie! :)
Kay Huck:
Aug 26, 2013 11:37AM
TY
Jumana Abdallah:
Aug 26, 2013 11:37AM
Thank you Jamie for your time!
Carol Scott:
Aug 26, 2013 11:38AM
Thank you from the UK it has been very interesting listening and has been great to be a part of the live chat
Karen Sharp:
Aug 26, 2013 11:42AM
Cynthia wrote: "Join us on Monday, August 26th at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Jamie Ford. We'll be talking about his latest book, Song of Willow Frost, as well as his previous work..."

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David Casavis:
Aug 31, 2013 11:27AM
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About Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—which was, in no particular order, an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller. It was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

Jamie is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card's Literary Bootcamp.

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST will be hitting shelves September 10, 2013!
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