Still Me author Jojo Moyes answers our burning questions
How much do readers love Jojo Moyes? Let us count the ways — or, rather, the tears. The author is synonymous in the book world with the kind of stories that offer the most therapeutic of cry sessions. She’s written 10 different novels but is most popular for the trilogy that follows Louisa Clark, the small-town girl who gets a job for paralyzed billionaire Will Traynor and subsequently finds herself in a beautifully tragic love story.
Last month Moyes released the third book in the series, Still Me, which sees Louisa arriving in New York City to start a new life chapter — which, of course, does not go exactly as planned. The tome has been on The New York Times best-seller list for three weeks straight and currently sits at spot No. 4, so it’s safe to say the world is just as fascinated with Moyes and her characters as ever before.
Below, she answers EW’s burning questions.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is the first thing — ever — that you remember writing?
I wrote a long story about a girl with a telepathic pony who could understand her and obey her every thought. I’ve never really got over the fact that this pony doesn’t exist.
What is the last book that made you cry?
I cried laughing reading Katherine Heiny’s Standard Deviation. Does that count?
What is your favorite part of Still Me?
There is a letter that Lou writes to Sam where she finally works out who she is and what she wants — it made me teary to write it. It felt like she’d finally grown up.
Which book is at the top of your current To-Read list?
How To Break Up With Your Phone By Catherine Price. I just need to put my phone down long enough to read it.
Where do you write?
Anywhere. Trains, planes, station platforms, my office, my bed. My bed is my favorite, mostly because my house is very cold.
What was the hardest plot point or character to write in Still Me?
I think Sam and Louisa’s break up. I liked them both so much — it’s harder to write when you don’t have a clear “bad guy.”
Which book made you a forever reader?
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.
Pick a GIF that you think, in this moment, best describes you:
What is a snack you couldn’t write without?
Does tea count?
If you could change one thing about any of your books what would it be?
I would make every day a good writing day.
Write a movie poster tagline for Still Me.
How do you live with a heart in two places?