I blamed myself for choosing unwisely or getting into situations I should have avoided. I knew, to some degree, exactly how these victims felt. TBRN: The complicated and sometimes fraught relationship parents have with their children is also a major theme in your book. Was that a subject you initially set out to explore, or did you stumble into it as you were writing? SW: Books always evolve for me from the topic I want to explore initially to developing subtexts I’d never imagined. over hereI do deal with generational issues in lots of my books, so it seemed to flow naturally in this story. MENDING FENCES is a book I’ve often recommended that moms read and share and discuss with their daughters for just that reason — to open a difficult dialogue. TBRN: Female friendship, both the one between Emily and Marcie and that of their daughters, Dani and Caitlyn, is another theme in MENDING FENCES, as it has been in many of your other novels. What is it about relationships between women that you find so fascinating? SW: I’ve been blessed through the years with very strong and lasting friendships with women I’ve known as far back as childhood and college. Though we live in different cities and don’t get together often, there’s no better support system as we move through life’s crises, nor a better cheerleading squad for our successes.
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And sometimes I read scripts and I think, This is the best thing Ive ever read. And recently, over the body of a lot of new work that Ive done, I think this is going to be a hit. I have to play this role. This is an amazing movie. And then, it transfers to the screen and I go, Oh okay. All right. And then, I have a script, where I think, Its okay. You know, it could be better, but I think itll do. And then, it comes out and people go nuts for it. So theres some sort of inherent personality thats in a movie, that is a compilation of not just the director and the original story, but of everybody who worked on it. Its the actors and the production team and the sound design and the music and the editor and everybody. So you dont really know what youre going to get until the very end. Specifically, with Chopping Mall, it didnt aspire to be anything other than what it was. It was a teen sex comedy, charming slasher movie, but theres something inherently sweet about the group that we got together in the movie, the people that we had.
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