One of the best parts of this job is spending time with funny, thoughtful, and charming authors like Alice Hoffman. During her visit to Amazon awhile back, she discussed the research and writing of her very personal new novel, The Dovekeepers, based on the story of Masada, the fortress where 900 Jews committed suicide to avoid a Roman siege.
She also talked about her writing life, the hows and wheres of her work-a-day. "I don't work in an office anymore, I'm just portable," she said. "It doesn't matter where I work, as long as I don't have a window ... or a beautiful view. Because I want to go inside and not outside." Also interesting was learning how each book begins with a little fear.
"Every time I start a book I feel like I don't know how to write a book," she said. "And it's a process for me of relearning how to write a novel." Watch the video to learn more about The Dovekeepers.
(Our thanks to Tom Douglas and the staff at Cuoco restaurant.)
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