Charles Frazier on coffee, Asheville & not going to law school

Charles Frazier stops by the store Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss his new novel Varina, which we predict will be a hit — Frazier previously penned Cold Mountain! Check out his answers to The BookPeople Questionnaire below.

Charles Frazier author photo_credit Mark Humphrey

BP: What are you reading these days?

CF: Tayari Jones, An American MarriagePaolo Cognetti, The Eight MountainsThomas McGuane, Crow FairStephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming To Save Us

BP: What books did you love as a child?

When I was twelve I thought the best book ever written was Around the World on a Bicycle by Fred Birchmore.

BP: What’s the hardest thing about writing?

CF: Hours of physical inactivity every day.

BP: What’s the best thing about writing?

CF: Flexible schedule.

BP: What’s your favorite word?

CF: Appalachian, when pronounced correctly.

BP: Do you have any weird writing habits?

CF: Nothing weird, just the ritual making of coffee and choosing of music before settling in.

BP: Who are your literary influences?

CF: Off the top of my head, limiting it to recent writers: Jim Harrison, Steven Millhauser, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Marilynne Robinson.

BP: What’s your favorite place to write?

CF: My workroom in Asheville.

BP: What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

CF: I once—as a last, desperate, depressing alternative—considered going to law school.  


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