3-Minute Interview: Donna Grant

The author and her writing partner Virginia DeBerry wrote “Gotta Keep On Tryin’,” a new novel about two New York women who are best friends and run a successful business together. The book is the highly anticipated sequel to “Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made,” which introduced the characters Pat and Gayle 10 years ago. Grant and DeBerry will sign books at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Marcus Books in Oakland, and at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., San Francisco.

Are you the characters in your books? Who’s Pat and who’s Gayle? Not at all. We are neither, and we are both. But some of our readers have strong ideas about who might be who.

Why did you wait a decade to write this sequel? When we finished the first book, it reflected that life isn’t tied up in a bow. So we went on and did other projects. Ten years, though, seemed like a meaningful chunk of time to have gone on people’s lives.

What’s your process of writing as a team? We plot really carefully, and have weeks and weeks of conversations that start with “What if?” before writing. We have an office in Virginia’s apartment, where we switch the computer keyboard back and forth between us; neither of us is assigned anything.

What do you think makes your books popular? The stories take you someplace that reminds you of something you’ve been through. You want to solve their problems.

Your books read like a movie. Is anything like that in your future? Yes. We’re producing a movie of “Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made.”

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