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.
BP: What are you reading these days?
CF: Tayari Jones, An American Marriage; Paolo Cognetti, The Eight Mountains; Thomas McGuane, Crow Fair; Stephanie 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.