New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer stops by the store this Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new novel, The Female Persuasion. Check out her answers to The BookPeople Questionnaire below!
BP: What are you reading these days?
MW: Gary Shteyngart’s upcoming Lake Success. A while back, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.
BP: What books did you love as a child?
MW: Charlotte’s Web; All-of-a-Kind Family; the Betsy-Tacy books; My Darling, My Hamburger; Lisa, Bright and Dark.
BP: What’s the hardest thing about writing?
MW: The middle of a book. All your good intentions might start sagging …
BP: What’s the best thing about writing?
MW: The new-love, new-car-smell of a beginning. It can feel as if anything is possible, and it just might be.
BP: What’s your favorite word?
BP: What’s a sentence you’ve loved and remembered from a book?
MW: Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. (Middlemarch by George Eliot)
BP: Do you have any weird writing habits?
MW: Lots of online Scrabble between bouts of fiction.
BP: Who are your literary influences?
MW: Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Evan S. Connell, Mary Gordon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Lorrie Moore
BP: What’s your favorite place to write?
MW: The couch in my office. I’ve only had an office of my own for two years, so I am just figuring out my favorite places in it to write.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?