Author Elizabeth Gilbert is ready for a change after the enormous success of her 2006 bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. The book sold millions of copies worldwide, promoted by appearances on Oprah and adapted for a movie starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts. Gilbert says she is now ready to step away from the spotlight and write what she calls “slow fiction.”
So what made her choose to return to fiction writing after a decade? During her talk at the New York Public Library earlier this week, Gilbert told readers that she was ready to quit what she calls, "the 'Eat Pray Love' movement" soon after it started, but she continued to promote the book for the fans who loved the story and wanted more information about Gilbert's travels. “I didn’t want to do it too soon because I thought it would be rude,” Gilbert said. “People love this book and they want to meet the person who wrote it. I’ve been the ambassador.”
However, Gilbert revealed that she will soon be creating a very different kind of story. She has begun researching 19th century botanists in preparation for writing a historical novel. While this may seem like a huge departure for the author, she explains that this is exactly what she needs. Gilbert shared with USA Today, "It's an oasis to return to fiction, and I love gardening, so it's a way for me to write about the thing I love the most right now."
For more, read The Atlantic's report on Gilbert’s last speaking engagement here >>