5 QUESTIONS

WITH JAMIE FORD

Our bookseller Sandra got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Jamie Ford is the bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost, one of our Best Books of 2013.
 
Songs of Willow FrostJamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetJamie Ford
 

January 27, 2009 I was working at the SeaTac Airport, and at the time, I was employed by Borders Books and we were featuring a brand new release, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . I was hooked from page one and began recommending this book to everyone I spoke to. When Borders sadly went out of business, I continued to carry the torch, becoming the Book Manager for Hudson Booksellers at SeaTac. I promoted Songs of Willow Frost  with a review in our Best Books of 2013  brochure.


Thank you! And I’m sorry about Charlotte on page 184. I tried to talk her out of it.
 

5 QUESTIONS

WITH PATRICK DEWITT

Our bookseller Matt got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Patrick DeWitt is the author of Undermajordomo Minor, one of our Best Books of 2015.
 
Undermajordomo MinorPatrick DeWitt
The Sisters BrothersPatrick DeWitt
AblutionsPatrick DeWitt
 
 

1. The New York Times  review of Undermajordomo  begins by focusing on your handling of genre in each of your first three books which are so very different from each other. Is genre a helpful starting point for you when you begin a book? Is it something you consider? As in “now I’m going to write a western” etc., or is there something more organic to your approach?


I do seem to take solace in having a set starting point: The Sisters Brother being a western, Undermajordomo Minor being fable-influenced. There’s a comfort in the familiarity of an established landscape, but the fun part comes later, when I’m veering off course and towards more personal terrain.

5 QUESTIONS

WITH KARIN SLAUGHTER

Our bookseller Sydne got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Karin Slaughter is the bestselling author of over a dozen thrillers, most recently Pretty Girls.
 
Pretty GirlsKarin Slaughter
Cop TownKarin Slaughter
CriminalKarin Slaughter

1. Conventional wisdom says “write what you know”. What is it that draws you to dark situations with peril and violence?


I think it’s the same thing that draws the majority of crime readers (which, actually, is the majority of readers because crime is by far the most popular genre). I want to know why people do bad things. I suppose this comes from growing up just outside of Atlanta during the time of the Atlanta Child Murders. I was certainly not the demographic of the victims, but I remember quite clearly having this epiphany that children could be hurt. That had never occurred to me before because I basically lived in Mayberry. This revelation was something that informed my reading as well as my writing.

5 QUESTIONS

WITH PAULA MCLAIN

Our bookseller Jenn got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Paula McLain is the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, and most recently Circling the Sun.
 
Circling the SunPaula McLain
Paris WifePaula McLain
A Ticket to RidePaula McLain
 
Stumble, Gorgeous,Paula McLain
 
Like FamilyPaula McLain
Less of HerPaula McLain
 
 
 
 

1. The women you write about have led such exciting and over the top lives, but they aren’t well known in history. How do you choose who to write about?


Actually, it feels a lot like my characters choose me rather than the other way around. I’d never heard Hadley’s name before she reached out to me through the pages of Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast. I suppose that was part of her appeal, that she was utterly new to me, but more than this even the shadow of her obsessed me instantly. I lunged at biographies, needing to know everything about her, and that’s how I found my way to Hemingway and 1920’s Paris and that entire world.
Nearly the same thing happened when I read Beryl Markham’s West With the Night. The same instant connection; the same recognition that something special was happening, and that I had to know everything I could, immediately, about Beryl. Though I’d just met her, I already knew she would change my life.

5 QUESTIONS

WITH JOHN IRVING

Our bookseller Len got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Of course he couldn't stop at just five...
John Irving is the bestselling author of The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, and most recently Avenue of Mysteries.
 
Avenue of MysteriesJohn Irving
A Widow for One Year John Irving
A Son of the CircusJohn Irving
 

1. Do you think men don't read fiction any more?


I never said men don't read fiction anymore. I've said, many times, that women have always read more fiction (and better fiction) than men read. I'm not talking about college students; at that age, I observe that the interest in literary fiction seems to be shared pretty equally between men and women. But women, as they grow older, continue to live more in their imaginations than most men do. Women are the ones I see reading good fiction; men mostly read nonfiction or bad novels. I can't tell you why. I just see this all the time—to the degree that when I do see a grown man reading good fiction, I have to restrain myself from hugging him in surprise and gratitude. Women readers are supporting quality fiction. I'm not alone in this observation. Ask Ian McEwan.

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