LIFESTYLE

Where are they now? Jenny Crusie, novelist

Tristan Eden

Novelist Jenny Crusie was profiled in the July 2001 issue of Columbus Monthly. "Fast Women," her 12th novel, had been published that May, and Crusie was in the midst of promoting it. A resident of German Village, as the piece states, Crusie was "the most frequent visitor to various bestseller lists currently working in Columbus."

When the article was written, I was doing the PR for "Fast Women," which was published in May 2001. It was set in Columbus, and we did the interview at the Mohawk. That was 14 years ago. That's a lot of ground to cover. In the past 10 years, among other things, I've moved to a 900-square-foot cottage in New Jersey, built my own kitchen cabinets, collaborated with a Green Beret on three books, learned to knit, written a ghost story and taught an online writing program through McDaniel College. Now I'm writing a book on how to write romance fiction, writing those alternate-history fantasy novels, mysteries and two novels with a new kind of structure. And I want to get back to painting. It's all challenging, and I'm making mistakes, but it's exciting and interesting. Interesting is important. I began as a romance writer and still love that genre, but there's always something shiny and new to try. Fortunately, I have the best editor possible, Jennifer Enderlin of St. Martin's Press. She just says, "Write me a Crusie." My contracts all say, "Next work of fiction," so I can pretty much write what I want, which is heaven. I've written 20 novels, two novellas and a short story collection. You have to make things happen in order to stay fluid and unpredictable. It's important to keep moving and growing, or people start to think they know you and tell you that you can't do things because they aren't things you'd do. Change is good. -As told to Tristan Eden