Author Interview - LS Hawker
Author I draw inspiration from: The late, great Tom Wolfe changed my life. His vivid use of language, witty but naturalistic dialogue, and superimposition of nonfiction over fiction never fail to inspire me.
Favorite place to read a book: By the Quiet Pool at the Sandals resort in Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, the Bahamas. A close second is in my own bed.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Jim Stegner from Peter Heller's The Painter. I'm fascinated by how Heller created a character I should despise but find strangely appealing. I'd love to spend some time with Jim and find out if he's as compelling in person as he is on the page.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I was eight, I read a story I'd written to my third-grade class, and they laughed in all the right places. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life eliciting strong responses from people, and this seemed the safest way.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: All of them. Hardbacks for favorite authors. Paperbacks for bed and beach reading. Ebooks for airplane trips, standing in lines, and waiting at the DMV and the doctor's office. Audiobooks for driving, housework, and electronic games.
The last book I read: A Death in the Family by James Agee.
Pen & paper or computer: Computer. I can't read my own handwriting.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Elsie Arnold from Nancy Allen's Ozark Mysteries series. She's hilarious, smart, and quirky.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Trophy wife.
Favorite decade in fashion history: The '80s. Neon stockings. Layered multiple belts. Nylon zipper pants. Fairy boots. Gloves and hats. It was perfect.
Place I’d most like to travel: Scotland, home of my (tiny) people.
My signature drink: Bourbon rocks, or a Superfund site-dirty vodka martini.
Favorite artist: Musically, right now I'm really into indie artist Ty Segall, who puts out an album every six months and does inventive covers of '70s music, as well as his own stuff. Visually, I love Omaha artist Lori Elliott-Bartle's fluid, colorful oils and cold-wax abstract paintings.
Number one on my bucket list: Spending three months on the road in a 1965 Mercedes 220SE, visiting as many crazy Roadside America tourist attractions as possible.
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