Are you interested in the thoughts and lives of the bookish people of today? Don’t look any further and read the best interviews of the week.
Hanya Yanagihara is giving tips on how to finish a novel.
you never want to be in a position where you are dependent on your writing for your income. It changes you — your work, the decisions you make about your work, the pace you feel you have to produce that work. As a fiction editor at a major house who’s a novelist as well once told me, “If you don’t depend on your writing for money, you’ll still have to compromise — all of us have to — but you’ll never have to concede.”
Matthew Specktor, who you know from our Boredom Box, was interviewed over at The Writing Pad.
I couldn’t get arrested as a writer until I was forty. I started writing my first published novel on my 40th birthday, after a decade-and-a-half of collecting some very complimentary rejection letters.
Jezebel talked to Kelly Link about her new collection of short stories Get in Trouble.
But did I want to write zombie stories because I watched the movies, or did I watch the movies because I was suddenly interested in the idea of zombies and how people told stories about them? If I try to come up with a list of stories that I don’t want to tell, I guess it would include the serial killer genre. (Even if I’m almost done watching the first season of Hannibal.)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was interviewed by Vogue about her taking a stand on feminism.
Adichie insists – and I believe her – that she was taken aback by the success of both of those talks which, it could be argued, changed her from a successful author into a celebrity, although “celebrity” is a concept she clearly distrusts.
In Book Notes, Claire Fuller shares a playlist for her novel Our Endless Numbered Days.
I wrote Our Endless Numbered Days with Iron and Wine’s music playing on a loop – every song. It would have been nice, but self-indulgent, to list only his music, so instead here is a possible sound track or playlist.