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After being passed over for a promotion, and currently between boyfriends, thirtyish Jen Brenner figures its time for a major life change. So it’s goodbye to San Francisco and her sexy ex-boyfriend—and howdy to roughing it in the wilds of Montana.

As a reporter for Montana’s Meredith Gazette, Jen is suddenly getting cruised by park rangers and interviewing ranchers who think crème brûlée is men’s hair gel. Then she meets a rugged western vision in jeans and snakeskin boots: EPA agent Bruce Mortensen. So what if he has baggage—a manipulative soon-to-be-ex-wife and a jealous ten-year-old daughter? He’s a real man who’s making her feel like a real woman for the first time in her life.

But is it really love or just the hottest sex ever? Jen’s on a mission to find out...especially when her ex comes back into the picture. Now she’s caught between two men who couldn’t be more different. And what happens next will surprise everyone—even her...

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CHAPTER 1



ex marks the spot


six months earlier


The e-mail arrived in my in-box as I was killing time adding books and CDs to my Amazon wish list that I would never buy. Starting a Dialogue with Your Inner Child's Child and The Best Latin Dance Party Hits of 1980-1990 ring any bells?


To: Carl Hanson

From: Nancy Teason

Subject: Department changes


C,


I've been giving the changes we talked about some thought, and the topline is, Jen's just not ready for this kind of responsibility. She has tons of talent, and with the right kind of mentoring, I think she could be a managing editor in a year or two. Irregardless [sic] of the current budget freeze, I think we need to look out of house on this one. We can talk about it more but this is really my gut call.

p.s. Steve and I have tickets to the Giants game on Sunday. Interested in making it a foursome?


Nance

Nancy Teason, Director of Product Development

Technology Standard / TechStandard.com


I read it through several more times, heart pounding. My college roommate, who is now a practicing personal coach with two homes (Laguna Beach, California, and Old Saybrook, Connecticut) and two ex-husbands (both in L.A.), says that the important thing in times of stress is to isolate the thought attack and put it away in your "negativity closet." I have tried this method several times and have found that it is nowhere near as satisfying as imagining backing an SUV slowly over the backstabbing turncoat who has wronged you.

For about six weeks now, I've been going through the humiliating process of applying for my own job. Why do I think it's mine? Well, for one, my former boss, Jem Abbott Pierce (yes, that's really her name--Mayflower forebears), had the temerity to go have a baby and leave me stranded with her work. Not that I mind, since her job is infinitely more interesting than my own, what with the trips to L.A. in spring, New York in fall, and free shwag up the wazoo.

It just stands to reason that I, Jem's Fully Anointed Protege, am supposed to take her place when she invariably decides that darning pashmina shawls, painting landscapes of rotting barns, and nurturing her blue-blooded progeny are more important than covering high-tech news in Silicon Valley.

One Internet hiccup, and a message I was never intended to see found its way to my in-box. This happens, what, once every five years or so? Twenty? As there was something omenlike about this, I grabbed my spongy carpal-tunnel wrist ball and squeezed obsessively while staring out at the parking lot, hoping for a divine or at least everyday revelation. I considered my options: Forward dreaded message to Carl and cc Nancy Teason (Treason?) with a kind fyi at the top, and pretend ongoing ignorance while conducting a quietly dignified job search, which would hopefully offer me 387,000 instantly vesting stock options and an all-straight-male staff? Delete dreaded message and sublimate my rage into therapeutic massage and book club? Reply to dreaded message using colorful expletives, stomp over to Carl's office, urinate on the copier, and fling my meager belongings in a box?

In the end, I did what I always do when I'm panicked--I called Robert.

He answered before the first ring ended.

"O'Hanlon." Robert always sounds incredibly butch on the phone.

"It's me. You are not going to believe this."

"Try me." Keyboard clacking.

"Somehow an e-mail from Nancy to Carl was misrouted to me. They're not going to consider me for Jem's job." Tears at the back of my throat threatened to choke me. This only happens with Robert and my mother.

"Holy shit."

"Yes," I whispered.

"Hang on."

I can hear Robert ordering his minions around in a charming, drill sergeant-esque kind of way. Robert is creative director at a trendy advertising agency in The City, and that, in addition to his brilliant wit, ridiculously handsome black Irish looks, and ambiguous sexual orientation, has everyone from junior copywriters to VPs in a constant dither to get his attention.

"Okay, I'm back. What are you going to do, lovey?"

"I don't know. I've worked hard for this, and I deserve it! It sucks, it just sucks . . ." Then I ranted a little more.

"Okay, what time is it?" he asked when I was done. I held my tongue on this one because most of Robert's non sequitur remarks end up somewhere good.

"Three forty-five."

"Leave. Leave right now and meet me at work."

"I can't. I have to finish editing this week's bullpen and call some of the freelancers and--"

"No. Drop everything. It is absolutely essential that you leave immediately and take the special O'Hanlon job-fuck treatment."

Treatment?

Which is how I ended up puking in a gutter at three a.m., the Meredith Gazette editor's business card crumpled in the back pocket of my favorite jeans.

DK is one of those revoltingly hip bars where San Francisco's yuppies and fashionistas can, for the price of a few highballs, pretend that Manhattan has nothing on the Left Coast in matters of personal style and price gouging.

When I walked in at exactly 5:35 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the dim space was mostly empty, with the exception of a couple of precious dyke girls with chin piercings and a tatty-looking guy with a skateboard talking to the bartender.

After guiding my battered VW Fox through seemingly endless traffic on Highway 101, I just had time to throw on my Lucky Brand jeans and a black turtleneck (professional mourning) and run some pomade through my short, curly hair in order to make it to the bar by 5:30. I had successfully talked Robert out of making me meet him at Kleiner Price by reminding him that their mailroom clerk, Andy, had a crush on me. What would it do to the poor boy's universe to see me looking like Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Naturally, Robert was late, so I grabbed a barstool and ordered a Sierra Nevada and a couple of shots of Cuervo Gold. I'm really not too much of a drinker, but there is something so cliched about the experience of getting dicked around by upper management while you toil haplessly away in cubeville that it seemed to demand an equally cliched response.

By 6:05, I'd killed the Sierra, three tequila shots, a handful of green olives, and was starting on my second Cape Cod. The bartender, a really nice guy named Zurik--like Switzerland!--was getting cuter by the minute, and the dyke babies in the corner weren't looking too bad either.

Robert finally walked in at 6:15, his overcoat flung over his arm, leather bookbag strapped across his very attractive chest. He threw everything in a heap under the bar and pulled me into his arms. It is at moments like these that the phrase gay husband leaps to mind, a concept that every woman over twenty-one living in an urban milieu should embrace and promulgate with fervor.

Finally, the dear man released me and did that head-nod thing that had Zurik in front of us in two seconds flat.

"What can I get you?"

"I'd have what she's having, but I want to be alive tomorrow," Robert said. "How about a vodka tonic? Stoli, please." Zurik nodded and sidled over to the part of the bar that housed alcohol that didn't taste like it came from Hawkeye's tent.

"How are you?"

"Okay, I guess. I just don't understand how they think I can stay if they don't promote me, which leads me to believe they don't want me to stay."

Robert made affirming noises, and we talked for a while about the feasibility of chucking everything and buying a charming villa with sex-crazed houseboys included in Cabo San Lucas (low), enrolling in a graduate program on a Caribbean island that is conducted entirely in English (slightly better), and ending up homeless and disease-riddled as we troll the sidewalks outside of our former offices (best). We sipped our drinks in silence for a minute.

"Robert O'Hanlon?" I glanced up to see a little gnome of a man in a horrible brown suit place his hand on Robert's shoulder.

"Bernie!" Robert jumped up and hugged the little guy like he was his long-lost dad (which he could have been, given the proclivities of Robert's gin-loving mother).

"It's been--how long?--six, seven years?" Robert pulled out a stool for the gnome.

"More like eight, I think." The gnome took off his brown polyester jacket to reveal a funky stars-'n'-stripes-motif short-sleeved shirt with a bona fide pocket protector.

"What are you doing here? I saw Nate Beckham at a conference about a year ago and he told me you were up in South Dakota or something," Robert said.

"Well, you're looking at the editor-in-chief of the Meredith Gazette. You probably didn't know I was from Montana, did you? We went back a couple of years ago when my mother took ill. Elaine wanted to get out of the city, and the kids were all gone away to college anyway." The gnome had a raspy, cigarette-cured voice. He looked a little like Harvey Keitel, but after a few drinks, who didn't?

"Amazing. I didn't know they let short Jewish guys into the state," Robert said.

The gnome laughed. "Oh, sure. But only if they can prove their parents are first cousins and they know how to shoot a moose at a hundred feet."

I leaned over and pressed my leg against Robert's under the counter. Robert turned to face me. "Oh, sorry. Bernie, this is my friend Jen Brenner. We worked together a couple of jobs ago here in San Francisco. She's an editor for the Tech Standard down on The Peninsula. Jen, this is Bernie Zweben. He was the managing editor at the Manhattan Business Journal when I was a copywriter there. We all worshiped Bernie. The man is an institution. His breakfasts are an institution." At this, Robert and Bernie slammed their glasses down hard enough to lose liquid and had a good laugh.

Robert wiped tears out of his eyes. "The Journal was famous for its blowout dinners with the financial folks. I mean, the guys from Morgan Stanley and the other Wall Street firms would drink like fish, and most of the reporters couldn't keep up the pace. Bernie would insist that we all be at work at the usual time the next day no matter what time we got home. But he'd always have a big eggs-and-sausages breakfast waiting for us when we got there."

"I still do it, you know, but it's caribou and venison instead of pork." When Bernie smiled he looked just like Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs.

At this point, Robert and his new old best friend Bernie Zweben got into this deep conversation about: (1) old times; (2) drunk old times; and (3) drunk old times when you were on deadline. It was all pretty interesting, but I was feeling a little parched, so I called on Zurik again.

"Zurik!" Oops. Too loud. I leaned across Robert's lap. "Sorry, Bernie. I'm just trying to get our old friend bartender Zurik over here." Bernie nodded like he was right there with me. I really liked this guy.

Turned out Bernie was down for a conference of local newspaper editors in Oakland. He was staying with friends in The City, which is how he ended up at DK, which he had mistaken as the local dive bar (don't tell the fashionistas).

"So, Jen, Robert's been telling me you're having some problems at the Tech Standard. I'm looking for city reporters at the Gazette. Any interest?" Bernie asked.

"Are you guys thinking of relocating to, um, somewhere with sushi?" I parried.

"I hear they have sushi in Sun Valley, Idaho. For all the movie stars that are moving in, you know? That's only about seven hours' drive from Meredith." Bernie showed me his fangs.

"But seriously, it's a bitch recruiting talent up there. We've got the kids coming out of college in Bowman and Missoula, and a few escapees from the big city, but by and large it's a mom-and-pop operation. We've got one columnist who has been writing an unsyndicated etiquette column for forty-seven years. Can you imagine? I don't have the heart to let Madeleine go, and, truthfully, her column is pretty popular with the locals."

By now the potent blend of disappointment and alcohol had me ready to say yes to a street-sweeping gig in Tulsa, just so I never had to see Nancy and Carl again.

"Why don't you take my card and call me after you've had a chance to think it over?" Bernie dug a slightly dog-eared business card out of his pocket protector.

Robert chose that moment to leap up and stand between me and the door.

"What are you doing?" I asked him, ducking under his arm.

"Er, incoming. Door. Damon." Robert jerked his head toward the door.

Ah, Damon. Damon Sanchez is my ex. Ex-what, you ask? Answer: Ex-everything. We both grew up in Miami. I guess you could call us college sweethearts, but that would mean negating the many nights we flung bilingual insults at each other and sought refuge from the other's angst in everything from food and booze to blondes and bungee jumping. We moved out to San Francisco together and tore our way through four more years before survival instinct kicked in and we parted ways. Oh, there was also Kristina, whose sleek honey-blond ponytail and sleeker legs had Damon dreaming of a Cuban-Swedish merger even while he traded bonds on the stock-exchange floor where they both worked for Paine Webber.

Don't get me wrong--there were many good times too. Nights when we had just arrived in San Francisco and huddled together under our first down comforter, lulled by the fog and wind and fantastic multiethnic food that felt so foreign to us, weaned on the warm embrace of Miami.

Two years out isn't so long, is it? His smooth olive face and sweet grin could still stop my heart, and on the few occasions I'd seen him in public, my instinct was still to meet his eyes across the room and smile warmly at him. Generally, this feeling faded after a few moments and was replaced by thoughts like, Does Kristina still go to advanced step every day at the YMCA?

When a six-foot-two, black-haired hunk in a Zegna suit leaps wildly in front of his woman friend in a bar full of malnourished boys in capri pants, it's bound to attract attention, and Damon spotted us as quickly. Frantic, I tried to raise my attractiveness quotient by swiping at my mouth with lipstick and tucking my shirt in over what was surely a gross display of plumber's crack.

"Robert." Damon shook his hand firmly. "Good to see you."

Table of Contents

“Breaking up is hard to do, and takes a long time to get over. Moving to Montana is just the thing Jen Brenner needs to move on after a breakup from ex-boyfriend Damon. Then Jen meets EPA agent Bruce who she just can't resist (but really, who could?). Bruce is every girl’s fantasy: He is caring, sexy, gorgeous and has a big heart. This was a great read. I recommend it highly.”—Terri E., Burlington, MA

“A chance e-mail sent awry sets a chain of events in motion in this highly entertaining first novel by Kim Green. Her characters are endearing and Jen’s outspoken opinions keep you turning the page to find out what happens.”—Sharon P., Bedford, TX 
 
“What lonely city girl doesn't secretly wish to throw caution to the wind and pack up and move to the big sky country to get swept off her feet by a hunky man who is as gorgeous as the scenery?  It's a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary and Sex in the City in the wilderness of Montana."—Nancy O., Irvington, NY 

“Took it on a plane and didn't even notice we were landing.”—Beth G., Southampton, NY

“I will certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, quirky read.”—Billie Z., Hollsopple, PA
 
“I was married when I was thirty-two and so could relate to the emotions Jen felt at being thirty, unattached, dead-end job, and most of all—‘dry spells.’ I am now a decade older than Jen but I felt myself reliving a few memories.”—Nancy W., Loveland, OH  
 
“I have been recommending Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? to all my friends and co-workers. I just loved Jen’s sense of humor and sassiness.”—Karen P., Strafford, NH

“Hilarious, mysterious, sad and satisfying, Kim Green's Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? is sexy, smart and fun.”—Margaret K., Jacksonville, FL

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am thirty-three years old and could relate to Jen’s feelings and observations.  Her descriptions of the men she encounters are hilarious!”—Kimberly S., Wilmington, NC

“A Sex and the City script taking place in Montana!  Clever descriptive phrasing makes it a delight to read, holding your interest from front to back cover.”—Rosemary W., Villa Rica, GA

“This book is a delight! My friends and I are always looking for new authors and I will be sure to recommend this book to them.”—Natalie L., Duvall, WA

“I predict we will be seeing a lot more from Kim Green.”—Jamie G., Cordova, TN

“I give it two antlers up!”—Connie S., Scottsdale, AZ
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Kim Green lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

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What is your secret vice?


My first inclination is to say cheese, but that’s actually a pretty poorly kept secret. My true secret vice is probably entertainment news shows: “Entertainment Tonight,” “E!,” “Extra”—take your pick. My family knows to steer clear when I’m watching “the news.”

What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning. No question. I love the feeling of being up when the rest of the city is still sleeping. In fact, I wrote my first manuscript largely through 5:00-7:00 a.m. writing sessions before work. My thoughts feel sharp and clear at that time, which is good, because I’m a total vegetable by 2 p.m.

How do you indulge yourself when you need a pick me up?


Massage. Glossy magazines. Good beer.

What was your most memorable date (good or bad)?

Two dates come to mind. The first was more of a non-date, since I was stood up. The perp was a drop-dead gorgeous Surinamese-Dutch bartender I met while living in Amsterdam. His name escapes me. We’d gone out once before and had a decent conversation over dinner. I remember wondering how he came to ask me out in the first place. It’s not that I believe in different social leagues per se; rather that the man’s peripheral vision did not extend past the behind-the-bar mirror. The reason the non-date stands out in my mind is that it made me realize that you have a great deal of control over how you deal with rejection, with how much you let it bother you. I remember standing in the Leidseplein—a busy square—in the rain as the time passed and thinking, well, shit, maybe there’s something in English on TV tonight. Then I left a rude message on his voicemail and felt a little giddy, because I knew I had carved another notch in my risk-taking belt.

My other most memorable date was also something other than the dinner-and-a-movie variety. For about six months, I’d developed a friendship with a guy at work. We had a great rapport, and I thought he might be attracted to me, as I was to him, but it seemed risky to take the next step. One day we brought our lunch to the park and talked about this and that. At one point, he reached out and placed his hand on my ankle. I felt drunk and irrationally happy, like it was a good omen. It took us several more months to acknowledge our feelings, but The Ankle Incident, minute as it was, convinced me we were meant to be together. Gabe and I got married several years later. Our daughter, Lucca, was born in September.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

That they prefer the company of good women to bad men. Their ever-so-slightly mean, proprietary sense of humor. Their love of cheese. Their disdain of low-carb diets. And that they appreciate me back.

What woman in history do you admire the most?

Margaret Bourke-White, one of the world’s first photojournalists, if not the first. She was also the first female war correspondent.

What was your worst job?


Oh, this one is easy: Easter Bunny at the mall. I had to wear a claustrophobic fur suit and a giant rabbit head. Children sat on my lap and had their photo taken. Some of them brought me carrots; others peed on me. Most of them screamed and writhed. One day, I shifted my head so I could peer through the mask’s mouth and see better. The boy on my lap kicked me and shrieked, “You’re not the Easter Bunny!” I hope his mom got him some therapy.

I also telemarketed postal exam preparation videos for a fundamentalist religious fanatic and pulled a stint at Honeybaked Hams, but, yeah, the Easter Bunny was the worst.

What would your theme song be?


I have to confess that I wracked my brain to come up with something unembarrassing, but for some reason all that comes to mind are “Boy Meets Girl” by Haircut 100 and “Borderline” by Madonna. Oh, and “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Does that redeem me?

What is your favorite quote?

If you find yourself in hell, keep going.

If you weren't a writer, what career would you choose?


Foreign aid or NGO worker.

What actress would you want to play you in a movie?


It’s a tie between Drew Barrymore, Janeane Garofalo and Lily Taylor.

What scene in your book are you most surprised you wrote?


The morning-after sex scene between Jen and Bruce. For some reason, it only occurred to me much later that people assume first protagonists of first novels are autobiographical.

We loved your line"Why does the pursuit of love have to be so undignified?" Falling in love is often idealized with everyone forgetting about the endless cycle of boring dates that are part of getting to Mr. Right. Do you think that “Chick Lit” allows single female readers keep a sense of humor about the reality of dating?

I think Chick Lit was created in part as an antidote to media that clings to extreme ideas of love and romance (e.g., it’s miserable; it’s blissful; if you don’t meet someone by 40 you never will). For all that extreme things tend to happen to Chick Lit heroines, their emotional lives remain true to real life. Although it builds on what came before, Chick Lit is different from earlier “women’s” fiction in so many ways. Sometimes the main character gets the guy; sometimes she “gets” herself. Protagonists can be flawed, because perfection isn’t a prerequisite for relationship success in the new world. “Happily ever after” is a sanitized concept that nobody really takes seriously anymore; maintaining your sanity while you’re dating—or, for that matter, not dating, partnering, marrying, procreating, childrearing or divorcing—is.

The only idea I consciously wanted to convey about this subject is that navigating love is a messy business, so it’s best to just roll up your sleeves and get dirty.

Tell us why you chose to have e-mails open each chapter.


That was a little bit gimmicky, yes? Can you tell I started writing this book when dotcom was still in full swing? Still, I’m fascinated by email as a communication medium. We’ve all heard countless stories of email communications gone bad—the unfortunate, accidental “reply-to-all” missives come to mind—and I’ve always been curious about how this relatively new form of thought exchange has changed the way we think and interact. Email is more immediate than snail mail, yet more deliberate than a phone call. It can be captured and propagated; yet it can also be deleted. As a society, we haven’t yet established clear rituals around it, so I think it’s interesting.

Also, this device was a way to sneak past the limitations of first-person narrative. By using emails between different characters, I could insert a bit of omniscience into the story that I otherwise couldn’t have. Sometimes I used these chapter lead-ins to play a little “joke” on the protagonist or other characters, a joke between me and the reader.

Why do you think that age is a discussion topic when weighing whether or not a relationship will be successful?

We all like to pretend that age doesn’t matter in the pursuit of love relationships, but it really does, if only because it is symbolic of what stage of life a person is in. Life stage matters because our expectations and personal goals tend to hinge on it. Will he want children if he’s had two with his ex-wife already? Will she be happy settling down in Florida when her career’s just taking off?

I suppose if you’re entering into a May-December type thing, like Jen and Bruce do in the novel, then you’d better make sure the other person is comfortable with—or at least cognizant of—the factors of your particular life stage.

While Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? is certainly “Chick Lit,” there is a mystery aspect woven into story. This is certainly atypical for books of this kind. Please let us know why you chose to incorporate this element.

I devour mysteries, police procedurals and thrillers, but I don’t presume to know how to write one. I really admire the plotting it takes to pull off a successful mystery. I think I was trying to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Jen to see how she handled it, and the storyline evolved in this direction. On some level, I suspect I was uncomfortable with letting the relationship function as either the central factor in Jen’s life or the central plot point in the story. Of course, in the end it is just that, but we both needed the illusion to maintain our self-respect. [Laughs.]

We think that some of the wittiest writing has been coming from “Chick Lit” authors. Please share with us some of your favorite “Chick Lit” authors and/or titles.

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, which deserves its place at the top because it makes you laugh out loud every five seconds. At the same time, her dialogue is economical and the opposite of self-indulgent. I love it!

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series—it just gets funnier and funnier, but the characters have real heart.

Anything by Marian Keyes. Great comic timing melded with beautiful plotting and good old-fashioned Irish storytelling.

Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It. Such prose! Such humor! Books like this one make the boundary between literary and commercial fiction irrelevant.

I don’t know that I would characterize them as Chick Lit authors, but I’m also a huge fan of Elinor Lipman, Alice Adams, Diane Johnson, Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher.

It’s often said that men have “sex on the brain.” Well, reading Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? shows readers that it’s not just a male thing. When Jen fantasizes about Bruce, your writing is as fun and, well, sexy, as when the two of them are actually together. What do you think is a main difference between how men and women think about sex? How do you use this is your writing? How do you feel about writing about sex?

I’ll answer your last question first: excellent! Nothing else has so effectively validated the many years I spent training for this job! (Ooh, just realized last statement could be misconstrued. What I mean to say was, the many years I spent reading bodice-rippers I stole from my friends’ moms before I even knew what “his male hardness” was did not go in vain.) Seriously, though…I have always thought that, as a society, there’s been some denial of the graphic intensity of women’s internal sex lives, by both men and women. I suspect men’s and women’s thoughts about sex are pretty similar in that regard. I do think men’s sexual fantasies tend to focus on sex acts without consequences, while women derive the greater thrill from the consequences the sex acts produce, so their fantasies tend to include references to future encounters and interactions.

What made you choose to set the story in Montana?

I’ve always been attracted to the idea that you can reinvent yourself by plunking yourself down in an alien environment. It’s always worked for me!

I should say I spent some time in Montana visiting my sister and her partner, who now have the burden of denying that I wrote the book about them. Any factual errors in the book are theirs alone. [Smile.]

Have you ever tried a huckleberry shake? Worth going to Montana to try one?

Hmm. For a minute I thought that was a euphemism for something more illicit. [Grin.] But, of course, I have tried one. If you’re ever driving from Missoula to Flathead Lake or thereabouts, stop by the place with the big cow out front. You won’t regret it.

What are you working on now, and when can readers expect to see it?

I’m currently revising my second book, which is slated to come out in Fall 2004. It’s about four women who meet on a Greek island, where they’ve gone to escape the fallout from a failed marriage, a cheating husband, a love curse and career catastrophe, respectively. I’m also working on my third manuscript, a comedy of errors that involves a 20-something protagonist working her way up in the fashion industry.

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