book (which was selected as our Best Books of the Month Debut Spotlight)?
The Execution of
Noa P. Singletonis the narrative of a young woman on death row in
Pennsylvania and her relationship with her victim's mother, an attorney, who
initiates a clemency petition on her behalf six months before her execution
date. It's a character-driven story about guilt, punishment, remorse, and
gradations of the truth.
A woman on death row chats with her victim's mother.What's on your nightstand/bedside
Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, One
Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
War and Peace.
My husband has read it and I haven't. It's a point of contention.
I'm going to try to narrow it down: Bird by Birdchanged my attitude and focus on writing, while Crime and Punishment taught me the
psychological and moral power of literature, and We Need To Talk About Kevin inspired me, in part, to write The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, so it
changed the last five years of my life.
book(s) as a child?
I devoured the Anne
of Green Gable series. My parents gave me a special edition hardback copy
with gold trim and a fancy spine and I thought it was the most astonishing gift
in the world. In adolescence, I loved A
Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Can I have two? The first is standing outside on a street
corner in Koreatown in Los Angeles hearing my agent tell me we have an offer. I
might have hyperventilated and cried for an inordinate amount of time. A second
was my first book signing at Book Expo this May. It went on for 90 minutes,
which to me seemed like the longest signing I could have fantasized. To be able to celebrate the novel with
everyone who had worked on it as a team was an extraordinary experience I don't
imagine will happen again.
like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?
Time travel "“ forward and back. I'd love to be a voyeur
in the past, sit in on cultural events and experience how we lived before
electricity. I can vaguely remember my life before the internet, but it
probably doesn't take a superpower to revive those memories. It would also be
fun to see where we stand in the future. I'd like to pop into a time with a
woman as president and pray I don't need a superpower for that.
Photography. I absolutely adore it and am collecting
lenses more than my wallet permits. Also Homeland.
When does it come back?
Moving. I've been
living on a futon at my in-laws for over a year since I moved to Los Angeles
and am about to move into my own place. Right now, I'm knee-deep in renovation
and am stressed out about contractors and HOAs and weird things like dry wall
and underlayment. This is a whole new world to me.
Sorry for the obvious--but the publication of Noa! I've
been writing fiction for fifteen years and I'm still pinching myself that I'm
here, getting to answer questions like this, and see my book on the shelves.
A gold ring with my grandmother's initials that my
grandfather gave to her after they were reunited following their separate, but
equally miraculous survival from the Nazis in Poland. She gave her wedding ring
away to save my infant father and he gifted her with this new ring years later.
We have the same initials.
I'm working on some short pieces-short stories and
essays--and am really enjoying the form. I'd also like to play around with a
film script before jumping back into a new novel.
This is my favorite first line to a novel: ''I was born
twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January
of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey,
Michigan, in August of 1974.'' "“ Middlesex,
What's favorite method of procrastination?
At the moment, it's Facebook and I've just discovered
Twitter. I'm trying to learn how it works and I fear my learning curve is
sucking up a bit too much time.
Bookmarks from every city and country to which I've
traveled. I feel that's probably a bit clichÃ©, but I'll own it.
Everything is still so new, so perhaps ask me again in a
year. Thus far, I received a beautiful letter from my very first babysitter,
which was so kind and thoughtful. She also went through her predictions for my
future and my siblings' future and some of them were hysterical.