Author Interview - Jessica Keener
This week is dedicated to Jessica Keener and her new book Strangers in Budapest. Click the link for my full review and more information about the book. Find out more about the personal lives of authors including their signature drink, favorite decade in fashion history, and the artists that inspire them in my author interview series.
Author I draw inspiration from: Marilynne Robinson. Her writing is poetic, spiritual, deeply emotional, and transformative
Favorite place to read a book: In bed or on the couch
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: Possibly at age 8, when I made my own book made of colored construction paper tied together with yarn, and gave it to my parents for a holiday gift. The book explored questions about Christianity and Judaism.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Hardcover and paperback
The last book I read: I have to mention more than one: Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt—a fierce and compelling story; and The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro –a fascinating story that delves into a dark time in American history
Pen & paper or computer: Both. I make a lot of handwritten notes in a journal and on file cards, and then do most of the longer writing on the computer because my handwriting quickly disintegrates into something I can’t read.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Elizabeth Bennet. I can see myself taking long walks with her across open fields in the English countryside, something she loved to do.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Book editor
Favorite decade in fashion history: Current decade—because there is so much diversity in style. Anything goes these days, which I love.
Place I’d most like to travel: Africa
My signature drink: Cranberry juice on ice with a dash of soda water and lime
Favorite artist: Laura Nyro—for music and songwriting and Szotyori, László, the Hungarian painter
Number one on my bucket list: To make each day relevant and fully lived
Most looking forward to this holiday season: A chance to slow down, enjoy the decorations in the city (Boston), and read through my growing pile of new books I’ve recently purchased.
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