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HELLO HOLLYWOOD by JANICE THOMPSON - INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY





How did you get the idea for this new series? I’m having so much fun reading it Janice!

My father moved our family from Houston to L.A. when I was eighteen. Like gazillions who had walked the road before (and after) him, he wanted to get in the movie business. Unlike most, my father actually had connections - writers, directors and so forth. He was also filled with ideas. So, off we went, traveling from the humid south to a fabulous home in Bel Air West. That summer changed my life and set the stage (metaphorically speaking) for the “Backstage Pass” series. I wrote the entire series to honor my father and to thank him (posthumously) for encouraging me to join the screenwriter’s guild at such a young age. He saw something in me that I could not see in myself at the time. . .a writer.

What was your favorite scene to write in your book, Hello Hollywood? What was the hardest? Why?


My favorite scene in the book was the “How to build a hero” (er, gyro) scene. I had such fun coming up with all of the “ingredients” for the perfect guy. As for the hardest scene, I would have to say the scene in the swimming pool. Many of my readers are teen girls and I needed to make sure Athena’s first kiss (in the pool) wasn’t too steamy. I tried to carefully/cleverly underwrite it with some funny bits that writers everywhere could truly appreciate!

Can you give us a sneak peek at what you have cooking up next? Can you tell us something about it?

I’m in the process of editing The Director’s Cut (book three in the Backstage pass series.). Book one (Stars Collide) focuses on Kat, the lead actress in the “Stars Collide” sitcom. Book two (Hello Hollywood) focuses on Athena, the head writer. Book three (The Director’s Cut) is about Tia, the female director of the show. She has some major control issues! While she’s great at keeping order inside the walls of the studio, her life outside those walls is pure chaos, thanks to her wacky family.

I enjoyed reading about the brainstorming sessions the writers had on the set. Have you ever been in that situation? If so, is that really what happens? Who writes the ideas down? How do you capture what you all talked about?

I’ve written in a group setting many times, primarily for the stage. (Your readers might not know this about me, but I write and direct musicals for a local Christian theater.) Many of our productions are joint efforts. There’s something so energizing about writing in a group setting. One idea leads to another, which leads to another. Of course, we have to reel ourselves in on occasion. Sometimes we get carried away and end up with a play that’s several hours long! I try to write down everything, then weed out the unnecessary, leaving only the best parts.

Have you ever written for T.V.? If so, what surprised you about writing for T.V. how is it different than other writing you’ve done? What is your favorite part about writing for T.V. if you did do that?

I haven’t written for television, but I did write a movie (Liar’s Moon) back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I was a member of the screenwriter’s guild at the tender age of eighteen. Movie formatting is completely different from the layout of a novel (and I should add that formatting a screenplay doesn’t come naturally to me). However, dialogue does come naturally to me. Whether I’m writing for the stage, the screen or the written page, I still “see” my stories played out like movies in my head and manage to get the characters to talk to/through me. My favorite part is adding the comedic bits to make the audience (and/or reader) laugh. Ah, what joy!

When you wrote about Bella and your wedding planner series that family was Italian and in this new series this family is Greek and each family is all about their family recipes. Which food to you like most? Greek or Italian? What is your favorite dish?

I have a little confession to make—with the exception of Baklava, I’ve never really eaten Greek food. I’m nuts about Italian food, though, especially Fettuccini Alfredo with grilled chicken. Oh, and I love Caesar salad. It’s a favorite. I also love ten thousand other Italian dishes…far too many to list here! When my oldest daughter got married back in ’04 we served several Italian dishes. Yum! I’m putting on weight just thinking about it!

Since your other series was written in Italy, I wondered if you’d ever been to Italy? If so, what did you like best? If not, what had you always dreamed of doing there?


I have not yet been to Italy. Speaking in faith, I will one day get there. Several years ago our family planned a ten-day trip across Italy (by train) but it didn’t pan out. I’m still devastated when I think about it. (See Question #2 below for more on Italy!)

Janice, I noticed that you have my name in the book as one of the characters; I know I wasn’t your inspiration for the part but it made me wonder how you come up with names of your characters. Some authors have contests, others use family names, I just wondered how you came up with your characters names?

I hope this doesn’t shock anyone, but I get most of my names from the Internet, particularly social networking sites. I try to look for names that match the personalities of the characters, but I also look for names that fit the ages/generations. For instance, my name is Janice…not really a popular name for a twenty-something in 2011. I would never give a twenty-something character an outdated name. Because I have four daughters in their twenties and thirties (and they have a multiplicity of friends on facebook) I have a large pool to swim in, where names are concerned. I should add that getting the names right takes time and practice. I’ve written whole books and then changed the names of the lead characters because I couldn’t live with their original names. Sometimes this happens because I get to know the characters as the story progresses and realize (near the end) that the name I’d initially chosen no longer fits. (I know, I know…this sounds like a lot of trouble! It’s not. It’s worth it all to get the right fit.)

I'd Love for you to share some fun pictures with us! Have any?
Martha Rogers, Carla Hoch and Genesis finalist Bethany Macmanus 
Me and
Pepper Basham
Me and my mom

QUESTION I JUST HAD TO ASK!

If you had a “Free” day to do anything at all (money and time are not an issue) what would you love to do?

I’m pretty sure I would take all of my children and grandchildren to Disneyland. The kids are (mostly) old enough now to enjoy the experience. I’d love to be able to say, “Money’s no object! Nina’s taking everyone to Disneyland!” (And yes, I still prefer Disneyland to Walt Disney World in Florida. It brings back so many memories of my childhood.)

If money or time weren’t a factor where would you like to vacation? Why?

Oh, this is easy! Italy. I dream of one day going. When I close my eyes, I can see the various cities—and countryside—on the insides of my eyelids. I can hear the crowd in Rome, feel the movement of the boats on the canals in Venice, smell the foods in the small villages and towns. I can picture every tiny detail, and I can see myself smack-dab in the middle of it all!

What movie most affected you as a child? Why?

The musical “Carousel” was my favorite movie as a child. I saw it eleven times by the age of twenty (and that’s really saying something, because we didn’t have VCRs or DVD players back in those days). I think I loved it for a variety of reasons: I’m nuts about musicals and I appreciated the songs and dances in that particular show. Most of all, though, I loved the song “My Boy Bill” because my dad’s name was Bill. He would go through the house singing, “My boy Bill, I will see that he’s named after me.” (The backstory to this is that my parents really did have a baby boy named Billy. He was born two years before me, but passed away when he was four.) Something about hearing my dad sing that song from Carousel always stirred my heart.

What were your three favorite TV shows growing up? You know the one’s you couldn’t miss each week?

I was crazy about the Dick Van Dyke show. (In fact, I’m still crazy about it…so much so that I used it as a foundation for Hello Hollywood.)I Love Lucy was at the top of the list. Loved, loved, loved her antics.  I also loved Leave it to Beaver. There was something rather charming about all of those old black and white shows—an innocence we don’t see in today’s sitcoms. (You’ll notice all of my favorites were sitcoms, which should tell you a little something about why I chose a sitcom as the “setting” for the Backstage Pass series!)

What were your three favorite children’s books growing up?

I always loved Little Women. It’s still a favorite. Besides that, I would have to confess that I read every single Bobbsey Twins book ever written before I turned eleven. When I ran out of books, I wrote one! (Yep, I wrote my first book in Jr. High!) I was also nuts about Trixie Belden.





ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS JANICE?

Life gives me so much material for my books. I don’t think my well will ever run dry because I’m surrounded by people, places and things that stir my heart and my imagination. I would like to thank my readers for journeying along with me, living vicariously through the lives of my characters. What fun we have, traveling together! (And who knows?! Maybe we’ll all make it to Italy one day!)
Janice

Thanks so much Janice for stopping by and yes I'd like to make it to Italy too! I am Italian and have dreamed of going there for a long time! Who knows we might go there on the same tour! It could happen! Grin! 

Thanks letting us get to know you and your books. I’m looking forward to MONDAY , OCTOBER 17th 9p.m. Giveaway event at The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org that will feature you and your new book Hello Hollywood on that day. I'm Excited that Revell will be giving away FIVE copies of your gook on that day! Thanks also for giving away a book with this interview on my blog.

MANDATORY - PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION to be entered in the drawing.


1. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW GROWING UP?
2. DO YOU LIKE ITALIAN FOOD OR GREEK FOOD BETTER?

Answer One or Both !! Love to hear your answers!!

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52 comments:

  1. I loved "Leave it to Beaver" when I was growing up.

    I love both Italian and Greek food and really can't say that I love one over the other.

    This was a great interview and would love to win this book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I'm a follower.

    Blessing,
    Jo
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  3. My favorite tv show growing up was I Love Lucy too. I absolutely love that show. It makes me smile every time I see it.

    I have never tried Greek food so I would have to say that Italian food is my favorite.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.

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  4. Loved the interview and would love to read the book! My favorite TV show growing up was Leave It To Beaver. My favorite food is Italian. However, I do love Greek salad with the olives and cheese and Greek dressing, also, Antipasto!

    Gail Mundy

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  5. Nora, Thanks for sharing this interview with Janice. As a new author it is interesting to see how other writer's come up with their characters, scenes, etc. I am publishing my first eBook. The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption. This is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of The Book of Ruth from the Bible. So, my characters were already created. Blessings to the both of you!

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  6. YAY!!! It's Janice Thompson. Oh my heavens,
    Janice I LOVE the gyro scene...and the pool scene - and so many other scenes in between.
    and the family taking Brooke in - a total smack to my heartstrings. WONDERFUL.

    (I love Little Women & Bobsey Twins, but I was a big-time Nancy Drew fan and read all the Boxcar Children books too. One of my all time favorite childhood books was The Secret Garden)

    favorite show? I LOVED the Andy Griffith show (he's my family, btw)
    Does Scooby Doo count? ;-)

    And ITALIAN ALL THE WAY! YUM

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  7. JO - I have enjoyed Janice's books. They are fun and they take me away from the cares of this world!

    REBECCA - I'm Italian that is very picky about Italian food that I don't make at home. My parents were great cooks. I have had some Greek food and it's definitely Yummy! I'm glad that you've stopped by and get to know Janice and her books better.

    GAIL - Italian is my favorite too!! I don't there there are many Greek Restaurants in our neck of the woods is there?? I've had some things like you but not alot. Would love to try some - since Janice talks about it in her books!! Grin! It was a surprise to hear she hasn't eaten much. She sure has fun with food in this book. Grin!

    DEBORAH - Janice is definitely fun and entertaining. It's better than taking a bath to relax! I recommend this series and the one before.

    Thanks you all for being so quick to post your entries!! WOW!! You guys are good! Grin!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

    REMEMBER that if you don't win here. MONDAY OCTOBER 17th 9p.m. at The Book Club Network you'll have a chance to win One- of FIVE COPIES that Revell is giving away for that Book Event!!

    Hope to See you there

    blessings

    Nora :o)

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  8. My favorite tv show growing up was The Brady Bunch. I absolutely love Italian food.

    Great interview! I would love to win this book!

    shardick(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  9. What a great interview!

    Cheese and pasta are two of my favorite foods. So, I think I have to say that I prefer Italian since those two things are combined often for dishes. :-)

    My email address is: lcyphers@gmail.com

    Thanks!!!

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  10. You gals are a hoot. You're the reason I write. What fun!

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  11. I, like Janice, haven't really eaten Greek food so would have to say Italian would be best. About the TV thing. We never had a television growing up (still don't) so there aren't any shows we grew up watching. I've seen some of these on DVD in the last few years, but never at the time they actually came out.

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  12. I, like Janice, haven't really eaten Greek food so would have to say Italian would be best. About the TV thing. We never had a television growing up (still don't) so there aren't any shows we grew up watching. I've seen some of these on DVD in the last few years, but never at the time they actually came out.

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  13. My favorite tv show growing up was Hazel. I love Italian food - haven't really tried Greek. I read ALL the time. I used to get in trouble in school for reading in class. I read almost everything but mystery has always drawn me in!

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  14. My favorite tv show growing up was Full House!! I loved that show! I also have to say that I love Italian Food, it is the best!!

    Great interview, this book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. 1. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW GROWING UP?
    i actually didn't have TV while growing up!! yes, it's true!
    2. DO YOU LIKE ITALIAN FOOD OR GREEK FOOD BETTER? italian for me as well Janice! and just to connect on another point, my youngest son and his wife just celebrated their 2nd anniversary in italy!! whoohoo for them =) his band was doing an eu tour and they carried on together when the tour ended.. so pleased for them!
    looking fwd to reading more of your writing and many thanks for sharing your gift with us!

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  16. I loved "Fools Rush In" and "Stars Collide" and can't wait to read "Hello Hollywood". I loved "Howdy Doody", "Leave it to Beaven" and the Nelson Family show with Ricky Nelson and Uncle Miltey (Milton Burel(?).

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  18. Tweeted giveaway
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  20. My daughter (Megan) was addicted to Full House. I don't think she would confess this to many, but she even watched it routinely after she got married. :)

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  21. so many tv shows to pick from...how about 'the brady bunch'

    karenk
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  22. i'm a follower :)

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  23. oh, i like italian food...a lot :)

    karenk
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  24. I am a follower and email subscriber. I loved Little House on the Prairie and I like Italian. I haven't really ate alot of greek food to make a decision but I love greek salads. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  25. I really really like Greek food...now if only I could learn how to cook it!

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  26. I prefer Italian food and my favorite show growing up was Happy Days. allisonmoyer(at)yahoo.com

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  27. I tweeted about the contest. https://twitter.com/#!/Loopy_Librarian/status/124171014182670336

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  28. I added the Book Club Network button to my website at www.theloopylibrarian.com.

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  29. I am not familiar with Janice Thompson, but would love to read this book. It helps knowing about and author before you read their books

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  30. What fun reading everyone's faorite shows. I had forgotten some of them. I loved watching Andy Griffin and still watch the reruns from time to time.
    Wouldn't it be great to live in a city like Mayberry.

    I like Italian food, not familiar with too much Greek.

    Haven't read Janice's books but they sound like fun.

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  31. I am a follower of your blog too.

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  32. FIRST OF ALL - Let me say THANKS to EVERYONE that stopped by and got to know Janice Thompson and her books.

    REBECCA - I've laughed and laughed at I LOVE LUCY - Re-runs. I love Italian food too.

    GAIL - LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - I've caught a couple of those shows like I love Lucy in re-runs. Italian All the Way Gail!!

    DEBORAH - All the Best to you with your new book

    PEPPER - Yes, SCOOBY DOO COUNTS?? Love that Show and I've caught a few Andy Griffith shows on T.V. Too in re-runs.

    SUSAN - THE BRADY BUNCH - The Best - It was fun to watch then. So said to hear about all that went on when we grew up - What do you think? Italian Food is the Best!!

    LEAH- I'm a PASTA GIRL TOO!!

    SYLIVIA - ITALIAN ALL THE WAY - I don't watch much T.V. now!! There are so many Fun and Amazing BOOKS TO READ and Fun authors Like Janice Thompson to get to know. Honestly I don't watch T.V. a movie every now and then!! Grin!

    COURTNEY - FULL HOUSE - I Loved that show - LOVE ITALIAN TOO!!

    FAITH - I'm SO GLAD that your son and his wife were able to go to ITALY!! WOW!! I'd Like to go there someday too!!

    KALLIE - HOWDY DOODY - LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and the NELSON FAMILY. I've seen parts of all these shows except Hody Doody!! I'll have to check that out!

    KAREN - LOVE THE BRADY BUNCH and the PARTRIDGE FAMILY (the singing family with David Cassidy) and I'm all about Italian food!!

    VICTORIA - LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and ITALIAN Yes,Loved that show.

    JEFFRY & TIFFANY - You Love GREEK FOOD - I see we need a GREEK COOK BOOK Janice!! Just saying. Lots of people here are willing to try GREEK FOOD but where to go???

    LIBRARIAN ALLISON - HAPPY DAYS - I Loved Happy Days!! It was FUN, FUN, FUN!! Italian Food has it!! Grin!

    SHERYL - ANDY GRIFFITH and ITALIAN a Winning Combination!!

    THANKS ALL for stopping by. If you don't win here - There will be another chance on OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m. EST

    Blessings

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  33. My favorite tv show growing up was The Flinstones. Yabba Dabba do!
    I love both Greek and Italian but since I married Italian I best choose it as my favorite food.

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  35. tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/125956116575289345

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  36. My favorite food would be both, although Italian would be a fraction better for my husband. Ha! Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds like it will be good. My favorite TV series was Gunsmoke and I also liked "Name That Tune."
    Barbara from Finding Hope Book Club

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  37. I laughed my way through Janice's Weddings by Bella series. From the interview I know this series must be as good!
    Italian food is the winner for sure. As to TV programs of my childhood, Gunsmoke.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  38. I am a follower
    Shirley
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  39. Posted on Twitter
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  40. posted on my blog Reading For Him
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  41. My favorite tv programs were Sky King,Fury,Robin Hood,My friend Flicka. I love Italian food!!!!!! i;; would love to win your book . Betsy

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  42. Janice, The best TV is still the old shows. I loved going to Mayberry - The Andy Griffith Show. And, I love Italian - REAL Italian...

    Thanks for your books; I can't wait to read Hello Hollywood.

    b_daniels(at)comcast(dot)net

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  43. Growing up my favorite TV show was Mutal of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. I am a big animal lover and love the cover of this book. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  44. I'd love to win the book.

    I signed up for the blog.

    I loved Hallmark Hall of Fame and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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  45. My favorite tv show growing up had to be The Cosby Show. There were re-runs on tv every day when I came home from school, and my dad and I would sit and watch them over an afternoon snack (gave me an excuse to put off my homework for just a little while longer, too). :o)

    Currently a follower of your blog, Nora. I missed the big party on TBCN last night, so I'm thankful for one last chance to win Janice's book!

    Christy
    southernsassythings at gmail dot com

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  46. We did not have television until I was about 15. We generally watched Don Messer's Jubilee which was a Celtic music show from Prince Edward Island and the news. The show that I watched "for fun" was Bonanza with Lorne Greene.

    I like Greek food better, I'm not much of a pasta person. Except for pizza of course, what else do you eat when there's nothing in the fridge? LOL

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  47. for the extra chances

    I am a follower of your blog

    wyndyc at gmail dot com

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  48. for the extra chances

    I have both buttons on my blog

    wyndyc at gmail dot com
    http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com

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  49. for the extra chance
    I posted about the draw on my blog and on facebook. Sorry, don't do Twitter, I barely even text!

    wyndyc at gmail dot com
    Http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com

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  50. Oh dear- favorite TV show? Hmmm, well I really liked the Hardy Boys because I had a major crush on Shawn Cassidy! (oops dating myself here)
    As far as Greek or Italian? Wow, it's like asking me which of my kids I like best- crazy I love them both. I will say that I have had more opportunity over my life to eat Italian as I grew up across the street from a wonderul I talian family and they knew how to cook! I LOVE Janice's books! Thanks so much! Cheryl
    Also I am a follower and receive email updates.
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