Author Interview - Mathangi Subramanian
Author I draw inspiration from: Alice Munro, because her female characters are always complex, and never saints.
Favorite place to read a book: By the ocean.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Mark Spitz from Colson Whitehead's novel Zone One, so I can get some solid tips on preparing for the Zombie apocalypse.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I was five, my mom purchased spiral bound notebooks in bulk at Sam's Club. Even though they were meant for the upcoming school year, I convinced her to give me one. It had a neon pink cover and wide ruled pages. I opened to the first page and wrote my first piece of fiction. I knew then that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Ebook, because this is the easiest way to get titles from around the world, especially in translation.
Pen & paper or computer: Computer
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Alia from Hala Alyan's brilliant book Salt Houses.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Actually, I'm not a full time author. I'm also a consultant who works mostly in education. I write curriculum, reports, and policy briefs for nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.
Favorite decade in fashion history: The 1990s, because I am all about flannel.
Place I’d most like to travel: I'd like to ride the Konkan railway from beginning to end.
My signature drink: Filter kappi (coffee) in the morning, red wine at night.
Favorite artist: Kara Walker for her art, Amrita Sher-Gil for her life story.
Number one on my bucket list: Learn how to drive a motorcycle.
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