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.
Paula Hawkins talked to The Guardian about her novel, which they are calling the new Gone Girl.
She was, she says, “starting to panic. I don’t have a partner so I take care of the mortgage by myself and I was thinking, ‘Oh God, I’m going to have to sell the house, or find a new career.’ I was not in a good place but it was a real spur to get The Girl on the Train right.
Joshua Ferris is learning how to fly and he’s taking us along for the ride.
I was terrified. I don’t mean occasionally. I mean that terror, as an emotion, as a prevailing mood, had overtaken my life. I woke in the night gulping for air, my heart going faster than ever. Why? Another bad dream. It was 3:13 a.m. There was no getting back to sleep. In that dark and terrible hour, I thought dire things.
Courtney Maum talks about why being a debut authors isn’t as dreamy as you think it is.
About four weeks into the debut publishing experience, all the people who were talking online about your book have moved on to something else. You call your agent to check in and are told she’s on another call. This is weird, because the person she’s on the other line with isn’t you. This is one of the first signs of The Great Big First Book Comedown, the reminder that your literary agent has other clients.
Laurie Halse Anderson and Courtney Summers talk about Girls’ Stories.
I was raped in 1975, when I was 13 years old. I lived in a world shaped by adults who had gone through the Depression and WWII. Those adults had been raised by people with late-Victorian attitudes.
Norah Vincent talks openhearted about her attempted suicide after writing her novel Adeline.
My attempt to kill myself did not happen when it did by coincidence. It was a direct result of a process and a mindset that I had been steeping in for months. I began to understand this only when a close friend, who read the manuscript I’d been working on before I tried to kill myself said: “Whenever someone commits suicide, we always ask: Why? In Adeline, you’ve given us an answer.”