The more events that I attend, the more questions that I have about the authors that I meet and their experience with reading and writing. Today, I am debuting a new feature on A Year of Books called Novel Questions. These blog posts will ask 5 quick questions to some of our favourite authors so that we can learn more about them and reflect on these answers as we read their books.
I am very excited to start with Jodi Picoult. I have had the privilege of meeting her twice in Toronto. The first event was related to her wonderful novel, Leaving Time and recently related to small great things (look for a review soon). Jodi is a wonderful presenter and her fiction enables readers to consider important issues through stories. She has been very busy publishing 23 books so I appreciate her very quick response to my questions.
Q: What is your favourite childhood book? Why?
A: Where the Wild Things Are. It is poetry really. (I love this book and read it many times to my own children).
Q: Did you always want to be a writer?
Q: Where is your favourite place to write and why?
A: My office because I have everything at my fingertips.
Q: What work are you most proud of and why?
A: small great things. Hardest book I’ve ever written and taught me so much about myself. In today’s world I also feel like it is critical reading. (Jodi – we would welcome you with open arms in Canada!!!)
Q: What is the last book that you read and why would you recommend it… or not?
A: Brit Bennett’s The Mothers. It’s an incredible debut novel. I can’t wait to see what she does next. (Thanks Jodi – another book to add to my growing TBR pile)
For more information please read reviews of the events and book reviews for the books I have read in the last couple of years on my old site:
and more recently on this site:
and Jodi’s great site:
Love this idea! Keep ’em coming my friend.
Just finished The Medecine Walk on your recommendation. A beautiful read. What’s my next assignment?
Thanks!! It was awesome that Jodi responded within about 5 minutes!! What kind of read are you looking for next? Give me a hint of whether you want a more challenging read, fiction/non-fiction and I am happy to make suggestions. 🙂
I need a fiction brain break.
Then I will recommend Our Souls at Night. It is a sweet story about a senior couple. If you search it on the blog, you will find a review.
Whoa… how did you land an interview with Jodi?! Did you email her? Tweet her?!
I emailed her.
She is awesome about responding to her fans and I had an email back within 5 minutes!
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Wow. I can only imagine how many she must get! Congrats to you!!!
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