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Judith Krantz: Well, thank you! It was indeed a second career. I started out writing articles for women's magazines for 24 years before I wrote SCRUPLES.
Judith Krantz: My husband nagged me for 15 years before I wrote fiction because he was convinced that I was a naturally born storyteller. And I finally decided to make him stop nagging me by showing him that I couldn't write fiction. So in good faith, I tried to write a novel. I used my best abilities; I didn't hold back. In the middle of the first chapter, I realized I was writing SCRUPLES, and I realized that I loved it.
Judith Krantz: Absolutely. THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT is my most mature and most interesting plot because I was ready to handle very important human emotions -- in this case the relationship between mother and daughter. It's one of the most primary emotions, and I wanted to focus on that. At the same time, I continue to set the story in the world of glamour that I specialize in.
Judith Krantz: On no.... Tessa is totally imaginary. She is an extraordinarily precocious 14-year-old that gets pregnant.
Judith Krantz: Never, unless they're based in some degree on me. The ones that are based on me are always best friends, not the heroine.
Judith Krantz: Well, in THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT, there is an adorable character named Polly. Tessa has a best friend named Mimi. She's a very bad influence on Tessa. And Tessa's daughter, Maggie, has a best friend that is older than she is who is named Polly. So I'm both the bad Mimi and the good Polly.
Judith Krantz: I think the question really is what they have learned from me. They have to learn from me because I create them. I think they make the same mistakes over and over again, just like real people.
Judith Krantz: It never occurred to me that I was influencing people to actually move to New York.
Judith Krantz: Well, I think that people can create a more glamorous atmosphere for themselves if they really want to. And on the other hand, they can just enjoy reading about it, which is what I intend for them to do. I don't intend for them to change, just to have fun. I think I should add that my books are meant for escape, not for inspiration.
Judith Krantz: Well, glamour is not a real thing, it's a manufactured thing. If you look in the dictionary, you'll find it defined as a spell, as a form of witchcraft. What glamour really is is an illusion. And certain people are able to create that illusion.
Judith Krantz: I would start with Paloma Picasso. She's a very luscious, dark-haired daughter of the world's most famous artist.
Judith Krantz: To me, absolutely not, because she tries so hard. With Madonna, you see the wheels working.
Judith Krantz: No, because they are manufactured by the fashion magazines. I think we're smart enough to know that they don't wake up in the morning looking like that. I think that you'd have to have a glamorous personality to match the glamorous looks.
Judith Krantz: First, I look for my heroine's profession. I always write about working women. Once I know what her job is, I begin to construct her personality around the needs of her job. She starts at the entry level; she doesn't start at the top. Next, I ask myself who she works with. And this gives me the cast of characters who will then interact.
Judith Krantz: But they're accessories that they don't want to leave home without.
Judith Krantz: I think she may just work for barnesandnoble.com, but I'm unclear because I don't have a clue what she'll be doing. I haven't thought about my next book yet; I'm working too hard on this one.
Judith Krantz: Actually, I would have to come to your office to find out.
Judith Krantz: You don't rub elbows with anyone in the course of your day?
Judith Krantz: I think I would have to have a heroine who touches people in the world of reality, not in a virtual world.
Judith Krantz: Almost an impossible question. I can't answer that; I love them all. It's an impossible question.
Judith Krantz: I don't read the reviews. My feeling is that if they're good or bad, it doesn't matter because I only know one way to write. I write to entertain myself and to have a good time alone in a room with a computer.
Judith Krantz: So, I've been virtual all along!
Judith Krantz: I've always said that novel-writing is an unnatural act, and from now on I'll say it's a virtual act.
Judith Krantz: I don't understand the meaning of "romances," because my novels aren't really romances at all. Town and Country, this month, says that I invented a type of book they call "Planet Krantz."
Judith Krantz: Vito Orsini, the husband of Billy, the heroine of SCRUPLES.
Judith Krantz: At the beach in Newport, south of Los Angeles, where my husband and I have a tiny beach house. Always near the ocean. Or on a cruise ship because then we could dance every night.
Judith Krantz: We took a cruise ship from Miami to Rouen, France, by way of Casablanca.
Judith Krantz: I read enormously 19th-century English fiction, and the writer I like best is Anthony Trollope. He wrote in the mid-1800's. As far as modern writers are concerned, John Irving.
Judith Krantz: Actually, I'm rereading A SON OF THE CIRCUS. Marvelous book!
Judith Krantz: You're very welcome -- it's an absolutely wonderful experience! But I may not recover in time for dinner. [laughs] And I've never missed a dinner in my life...not on purpose!
Posted January 9, 2000
This book keeps moving along and is enjoyable to read. I think it would make a good movie for TV. It has interesting characters.
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Posted September 29, 2004
The Jewels of Tessa Kent had me caught up in the beginning. I laughed, I got angry, I cried. It was just so wonderful, and right when things were seeming to get better for her, Tessa found out some life-shattering news. I cried like she was my family. I cried in the end, at the injustice of it; because it seemed that when all was said and done, and Tessa had all that she wanted, in the midst of it all, was something that was going to take her from it all before she'd really had time to enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2001
Posted August 9, 2000
'The Jewels of Tessa Kent' is the first Judith Krantz book I've read, but I loved it! The main reason I liked it so much was because it provided an explanation to why the characters, who seem so real, do what they do, and how they think about their choices afterwards. Very emotional, but very easy to believe, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2012
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