"Novel Ideas: Contemporary Writers Share the Creative Process" is a thought-provoking guide for aspiring novelists that uses the experiences of popular contemporary authors to illustrate the daily challenges of the creative process. Twenty-three in-depth interviews show first-hand how the process works-- and how it can take over an author's life. Interviews include A. Manette Ansay, Michael Chabon, Wally Lamb, Valerie Martin and Sena Jeter Naslund. Reading these interviews, the would-be novelist feels as if he or she is having a conversation with a mentor. The book also combines chapters on the creative process, novel structure, discipline, and drafting.