What a busy day I had today! I woke up and was rushed off to KMPS-FM
where I spoke with Don Riggs of "Introspect Northwest" about my book, Falling Through the Earth
. Then, later in the day, I was on my first talk show at KOMO-TV
(ABC), "Northwest Afternoon" with Kent Phillips and Elisa Jaffe.
Then, it was back to my hotel (The Alexis, on First Avenue), where me and my partner in crime hung out for an hour or two on some comfy chairs.
Later, my guide Diane took me to Elliot Bay, where I met a very nice bookseller and signed a big stack of books.
Then, I met fellow memoirist Maria Dahvana Headley (authoress of The Year of Yes) for a glass of wine in the lobby of and then dinner at a sushi place around the corner from my hotel. Maria was wearing the nicest white suede boots and (of course) looked stunning. She drove me to the reading, where I grabbed some coffee and read chapter ten of Falling Through the Earth, the girlfriends chapter. It was the strangest thing: a man who went to high school with my father was in the audience. We talked quite a bit about my dad after the reading.
Then, after a quick gin gimlet, back to my hotel room to write a blog for Powell's. The gin gimlet must have affected my abilities, because I found myself looking out the window of my hotel room at the antique store across the street.
So I decided to ask my husband, Nikolai Grozni, to step in as my interviewer. When I met Nikolai, he'd recently come back from India, where he had been a monk in the Dalai Lama's compound in Dharmsala, India. Here are his questions:
What do you wear when you write?
Pajamas and whatever jewelry I can find. And my big fuzzy slippers.
Who are your literary heroes?
Politicians. I think they are the best fiction writers we've got right now.
What do you hope to achieve in your book, Falling Through the Earth?
Communication, empathy, humor, and understanding.
Why did you marry me?
Is there one answer?
Okay, what is one reason you had for marrying me?
I liked your stories from India. I believed that, because you had been a Buddhist monk, you might have some insight as to how I might come back in my next life as something other than an insect. How wrong I was!
Here's Nikolai when he was a monk:
Oh, and because your writing is amazing. Nikolai is working on a book called Turtle Feet, about the years he lived in India as a monk. It is (in my opinion) his best book yet. And because you make great espresso. I guess there were lots of reasons!
Have you been drinking?
What did you drink?
A glass of white wine and a gin gimlet.
What were you doing before I started this interview?
I was working! My life is all work and no play. Toil! Toil! Toil!
Goodbye Seattle! Tomorrow I'm off to San Francisco to read at the Capitola Book Café (1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA). Please stop by and say hello!