The Author Stories Podcast Episode 599 | Steven Rowley Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Steven Rowley, author of the new book The Editor.

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.

After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie–or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office–has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book’s forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can’t bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page…

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever–both as a writer and a son.

Steven Rowley’s first novel, “Lily and the Octopus,” was an international bestseller translated in nineteen languages and was named to the Washington Post’s list of Notable Fiction for 2016. It is currently being developed as a feature film by Amazon Studios. His second novel, “The Editor,” will be released in April, 2019. Film rights have already been secured by Fox2000. He lives in Los Angeles.

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