Author Interview - Kerri Maher
Author I draw inspiration from: Even though I’m a slow reader, I try to read as widely as I can, and so I get inspiration from all kind of authors and books! To name a long-lasting few: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has inspired me for years with it’s amazingly tight and yet epic story of the seedy side of ambition and wealth. Ken Follett and A.S. Byatt showed me when I was very young that a page-turner could also be smart and even educational. Jennifer Wiener is so inspirational as she fights for the recognition of women writers and fiction “for women.”
Favorite place to read a book: I love reading in bed or on the couch, but my best prolonged sessions of reading happen on airplanes, or while I’m puttering around the house, listening to my latest audio book. In fact, talking books have totally changed my life—making long drives, house work, and cooking into reading time.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: This is a tough one! I kept coming back to it and tried on a few characters for size, but all of them struck me as “too” something or other. Maybe … Jo March from Little Women? The elevator was invented in her lifetime. I wonder if her author was ever in one? Hmmmmm……
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: There wasn’t a specific moment, but just a constant sense that this was what I was meant to do, starting in 5th grade when I started writing my first novel on a yellow legal pad! There was a time after college that I actually tried to avoid “becoming a writer,” and I tried doing something else, but before I knew it I was sitting at my computer writing what would be my first finished (though unpublished) novel. I literally couldn’t even avoid being a writer!
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: As I said above, I’m a HUGE audio book fan, partly because they fit so well into my busy life and also because I’ve always been something of an auditory learner. Second to that is a paperback—lightweight, easy to transport, easy on the eyes, plus you get the pleasure of a gorgeous cover on your bedside table.
The last book I read: I’m answering this question at the end of the summer, so I have summer themed books here: in book form, Summer Secrets by Jane Green and on audio, The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable (another historical novel about the Kennedys). Both were terrific.
Pen & paper or computer: I’m all in on the computer these days. For a long time, I drafted on the computer and edited by hand. But I’ve done all my editing on the computer for several years now—I think since I founded YARN (www.yareview.net) and started editing others’ work on the computer, and I saw how simple and earth-friendly it is.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Fenno McLeod from Julia Glass’s Three Junes. He loves books and food, and he’s a sensitive, wounded soul who would have some great insights into everyone’s life.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Editor. I really do love reading other people’s work, and I love offering friends comments on their manuscripts. It’s such a satisfying pleasure to see a piece move from draft to shiny, final product.
Favorite decade in fashion history: 1920s! But those drop-wait dresses would look terrible on me. A close second is the 1950s.
Place I’d most like to travel: India. I already love the food, and I’m really intrigued by the country’s long and complicated history, and the photographs I’ve seen of the country entrance me every time.
My signature drink: In summer, I love cold brew coffee with unsweetened, vanilla almond milk. In winter, hot black tea with a splash of low-fat milk.
Favorite artist: Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keefe.
Number one on my bucket list: Well, it was publish a novel. That was number one for so long I’m not sure what could replace it!
Anything else you'd like to add: Thank you so much for having me. Truly, it’s the hard work of bloggers like you, and the readers who follow you who buy books and come to events, that make a writer’s work possible!! I’m so very grateful to everyone reading this interview.
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