Author Interview - Nathan Ripley
Author I draw inspiration from: Patricia Highsmith--even though I cribbed my pseudonym from Ellen Ripley of Alien, Highsmith's books contain virtually everything I admire about both suspense and literary fiction.
Favorite place to read a book: In bed.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Anthony Powell's Nick Jenkins.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I realized I was no good at anything else--probably around age 27.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Paperback.
The last book I read: I was reading Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth and The Midnight Line by Lee Child alongside each other and finished them at more or less the same time.
Pen & paper or computer: Pen and paper for notes and ideas, laptop for pounding out the chapters.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Eddie Campbell's Alec, in all of his incarnations throughout the year.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Copywriter.
Favorite decade in fashion history: For suits and nicer casual-wear, the early sixties. For t-shirts and jeans, the 80s.
Place I’d most like to travel: New Orleans (again)
My signature drink: Jameson's.
Favorite artist: Pieter Brueghel
Number one on my bucket list: Earn enough money to crush my enemies