Another fearless author accepts our challenge and answers our questionnaire!
What is your favorite word?
This changes frequently. This week, however, there is something about the word “rabid.” It’s just fun to say. Rabid. Raaaaaaaaaaaaabid.
Name one book that you would like everyone in the world to read.
I think it is unfair that you make me choose just one. That said, Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin” is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest that you do. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I give away my copy (and then re-purchase a new copy) a couple times each year.
If you could visit any literary location, real or imagined, where would it be?
I want to be invited to stay for a few weeks at Sara and Gerald Murphy’s Cap D’Antibes home, Villa America, somewhere in the 1920s.
What is your favorite opening line of a novel or poem?
“Had we but world enough and time…” It’s tattooed on my back so I never forget it.
What book did you most enjoy in the last year?
Again, why would you make me play favorites in this manner? It is most unbecoming. But, if I must, Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life” broke my heart, as it did much of America’s. I also enjoyed Anna North’s “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark,” Alexander Chee’s “The Queen of the Night,” and Shanna Mahin’s “Oh! You Pretty Things.”
You said what books, plural, right? And that I enjoyed so far in 2016? *whistles*
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked at an author event?
“What does your ex-husband think of all your shenanigans?” (You have to imagine it said in a stodgy, judgmental old man voice for full effect).
Tell us one thing about Missouri that you knew without having to look it up on the Internet.
The first thing that comes to mind is Ferguson. But that is a little sad and depressing. So I’ll tell you that I’ve been to Branson before. And I’ll never be the same.