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Gwyn Cready

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Chase joy.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sleeping through a deadline.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Writers who abandon their duty (David Chase, writer of The Sopranos last episode, I'm talking to you) or, worse, writers who shoot to fame via a particular series then hit the big time and don't want to accomodate the fans anymore. Annie Wilkes, I think you may have been on to something.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Viola De Lesseps. Oh, wait, you mean a real person, don't you?

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. There's an occupation beyond writing?

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April 22, 2009

In my next book (working title: Stripped Bare,seventeenth-century painter Peter Lely comes back to life to settle the hash of Ava Stratford, the author of The Girl With a Coral Earring, whose series of sexy, tell-all biographies is driving the dead art world nuts. Lely has earned fame and wealth as the royal portraitist to Charles II, but his reputation has been made in the lush, intimate paintings he paints of the women of the court, whose half-lidded eyes and barely secured dressing room gowns suggest he's won more than their admiration. Ava is intent on baring his secrets in her next biography, and he's determined to stop... see more

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