WITH CHLOE BENJAMIN
1. Your works have won numerous awards and recognitions. What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of - and grateful for - the way The Immortalists has resonated with readers. Writers spend years whittling away on a project without knowing if anyone else will connect with it, so to see the way that readers have embraced the Golds has been so exciting.
2. In The Immortalists , four siblings visit a fortune teller and each of them learns when they will die. Would you ever want to know the date of your death? Why or why not?
I wouldn't - it would be too painful if the news were bad!
3. Which of the four siblings do you most relate to?
I'm sure there's a bit of me in all of them, but I identify with Klara's artistic passion and Varya's tendency toward worry.
4. If The Immortalists was adopted for the screen, which actors/actresses would be your first choice for the siblings?
I've always imagined that Simon would be an unknown, and definitely a ballet dancer. Klara I imagine as Ruth Wilson - that red hair and smirk and a bit of glitter in the eyes. Daniel I haven't been able to pinpoint yet... and when I watched Julia Roberts in Amazon's Homecoming, I instantly saw Varya.
5. If you could jump on a plane and fly anywhere, where would it be and why?
I'd see my family in San Francisco, where I was born and raised. I now live in Madison, WI, which I love, but I miss the fog and sourdough bread of the Bay Area - one reason I enjoyed setting part of The Immortalists there!
6. What are you working on next?
I'm working on novel #3, another epic with an immense amount of research. I always tell myself that I'll make sure my next project is easier to write than the last, and then I get myself into trouble all over again.