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Author Jojo Moyes “Me Before You”

Me Before YouI had to see what all the fuss was about. After all, this was an author who had ‘cracked the code’ that is, if there is one and wrote a powerful book about the redemptive power of love. It was odd, opening this novel that I already knew the ending. And for sure, this isn’t your classic love story.

Louisa Clark is a very ordinary girl living a plain life who desperately needs a job. She signs on to assist Will Traynor who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has lived a life opposite to Louisa’s narrow existence. He has traveled extensively, has tackled major business deals, and competed in extreme sports. They are a most unlikely pair. Louisa discovers that what Will wants most in the world is something that will shatter hers.

As People magazine has quoted: Funny, surprising, and heartbreaking .. a thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love.”

Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife has said: “Jojo Moyes has written the perfect modern love story. You will be astonished at what you feel, and what you hope for when you are forced to face the possibility of your own dreams. It’s that good. Read it now.”

So who is Ms. Moyes? I’m always intrigued by the backstory of authors who suddenly emerge from the ever changing world of publishing.

Like many writers she isn’t an “overnight success”. She worked as a journalist for ten years then tried her hand at novel writing. In 2002 her first novel hit the U.K bookshelves. For almost a decade she made a sustainable living writing books marketed to romance readers. She started attracting interest with her novel The Last Letter From Your Lover in 20ll.

She broke through with Me Before You, selling five million copies worldwide. Ms. Moyes then followed this success by writing the screenplay for a film adaptation that will be released soon. Wow! This is a hard-working, talented author.

A few tidbits of her process.

1. Wrote the first three chapters over and over again for three months.
2. Outlines.
3. Every time she starts a new book, she says ‘she has no idea of how she did this the last time.’
4. She tapes the phrase -“What is this really about?” on the top of her monitor so that she doesn’t lose sight of that.
5. Works anywhere with her laptop.
6. If you get stuck, move forward to a scene that you’re looking forward to writing and that will give you your joy back.
7. Revises all the time. She tries to hit the emotional truth of a scene, and then keeps polishing until the language appears right.

Thanks to Writer’s Digest (January 2016) for your feature article on Jojo Moyes.

Have you read this book? Have you read a book where the theme was so unexpected that it was like a velvet hammer on your head?

11 Comments

  1. I’ve read a number of her books, including this one. I love her writing. I did enjoy this book very much (and yes, I cried), but I sure wouldn’t call it a perfect romance – not when so many romance readers are looking for a happy ending. I also read “After You,” which is the next chapter in Louisa’s life. Apparently, Moyes hadn’t intended to write that book, but so many readers wanted to know what happened next. Including me! I enjoyed that book, too.

    1. Yes. I read that she wanted to please her readers and wrote the sequel. I suspect that the movie will be ultra sad. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Looks like my Kindle will be getting another book added to it now that I’ve read your blog. I find JoJo’s process fascinating and want to see a finished product. Thanks for the post, Jodie. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome. I find this author’s work very invitational to the reader. Lots of great detail. A story told with sensitivity and even joy.

  3. I think that you will discover that this author weaves a fine tale with sensitivity and even humour and joy. Hope that you have time to check it out. Thanks for dropping by.

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