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Interviews | April 8, 2014 2 comments
The American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
Deb CalettiDescribe your new book.
The Nature of Jade is about a girl who works with the elephants at the zoo near her home, and who, through her involvement with them, becomes involved with a boy and his baby. Jade also suffers from anxiety, but the book is not a "Girl with Anxiety" book. It's about human nature and animal nature and fear and about the way fear can make us stuck. It's about the necessity of moving on even when that means leaving things behind.
Just one? Well, then, probably A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Paris in the 1920s, during the early days of his career, hanging out in cafes in the company of Fitzgerald and Joyce and Ford Maddox Ford (always loved his name). It was a time when Hemingway and his wife existed on nearly nothing, a time when "we were very poor, and very happy," and when the city was home to extraordinary expatriate writers discussing their craft and living fully.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
What is your idea of bliss?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
I became a writer because I love books, and I believe in their power. Even more, I love images and sentences and particular words and their beauty and humor and the way they look on the page. I like the word aubergine (even if it means eggplant), but think oevre sounds like a boiled egg. A passage in a book can make you cry, it can make you think differently, it can make you remember something from long ago. To be a writer is to connect and to play and to attempt to see clearly and understand. It astounds me regularly that feeling things deeply and writing them down is basically my job description. It is one of the wackiest and most privileged professions, if you can call it that at all. Writing is not something you do, but who you are. It's the way I came.