Author Interview - Natasha Lester
Author I draw inspiration from: Kate Morton is an incredible writer, whose books are universally loved. She’s an Aussie like me and I’m inspired by the way she writes stories that people all over the world read and adore. I would love to be able to do that. And she gets better and better with every book, which is truly admirable.
Favorite place to read a book: In bed. I read every night in bed for half an hour before I turn off the light to go to sleep. It’s why I sleep so well, I’m sure! And why I dream such a lot — all those stories spinning around my head.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Francis Lymond from Dorothy Dunnett’s The Lymond Chronicles. I have never read a more complex, occasionally irritating, funny, intelligent, surprising and, of course, heart-meltingly romantic character. I have no doubt he would know a hundred ways to pass the time while stuck in an elevator.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: I was born knowing I wanted to be an author. I have never not wanted to be an author, although I took a few detours on my road to get here.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Paperback and audiobook. I always have an audiobook with me in the car. If I’m reading, I like to get away from screens and curl up with a paperback.
The last book I read: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved it! I’m now working my way through her entire backlist.
Pen & paper or computer: Definitely computer! I have the world’s messiest handwriting — I often find it hard to interpret the scribbled notes I’ve written to myself about a scene that’s sprung to mind so there's no way I’d be able to read an entire book that I’d written by hand.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Katey Kontent in Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. She knows how to shop, drink and dance her way through 1930s Manhattan, and I’d have a lot of fun keeping up with her. But she’s also smart, witty and kind beneath the good-time girl surface, which would make her good company too.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Definitely something to do with fashion, perhaps a fashion curator at a museum like the Met, or the curator of my own high-end vintage fashion collection.
Favorite decade in fashion history: I’m currently writing a book set around the advent of Christian Dior’s New Look so I have a very soft spot for his late 1940s gowns. They’re extravagant, and ultra-feminine and the architecture of each piece is truly amazing.
Place I’d most like to travel: I’d love to go to Paris Fashion Week. And preferably have front row seats!
My signature drink: Gin and tonic. It’s always a good time for gin and tonic.
Favorite artist: I’m going to stretch the definition of artist into photography and choose Louise Dahl-Wolfe, a brilliant fashion photographer during the 1930s-1950s.
Number one on my bucket list: To have a movie made out of one of my books. That would be the dreamiest of all dreams come true.
Anything else you'd like to add: Just that I was blown away by all the wonderful support for The Paris Seamstress last year so I’d like to say thank you to all my amazing readers. I hope you all enjoy The Paris Orphan too.