Friday, August 21, 2015

Author Interview: Pam Jenoff

Later today I will review The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, my first Pam Jenoff read and now I get to share with you my interview of Pam Jenoff.

1.  What do you find yourself rambling about?

Verbally I ramble about my kids!  But my mind rambles to the places I've lived that have touched me the most, with kind of a decade appropriate soundtrack behind it.  There's always a part of me that is crossing Midsummer Common in Cambridge, England toward the boathouses before dawn, walking onto the main square of Karkow's Jewish Quarter at sunset on a Friday evening.  Those sorts of things.
2.  If you could put your book into one person's hands, who would that be?

Bradley Cooper.  I've finally written something (The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach) taht is perfect for him.  Is that wrong??  

Kritter - NO!  After reading Chelsea Beach, I totally agree!
3.  What part of the writing process do you love the most?

My process always begins with an image and then I turn on the computer and throw down thousands and thousands of words of the worst junk imaginable without stopping.  This goes on for months and it is paradise, low commitment like the early stages of dating.  I can do it anywhere and it just flows.  Then comes the hard part:  making sense of it all.
4.  What books/genre do you like to read?

Everything truly.  I mean historical of course, but also suspense, literary fiction.  Right now I'm toggling between books by Sara Gruen, Jamie Ford, Joshlyn Jackson, and Marian Keyes.
5.  Out of all of your books and main characters, which character has the most of you in them?

None of my books are autobiographical.  But The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is based on a project I started almost twenty years ago.  So the protagonist, Addie and I have grown up very much alongside her.  It is fun to read the drafts from so long ago and hear my younger voice.
6.  What is next on your plate?

The Aerialist - inspired by two true stories, it is the tale of a girl who rescues a baby from a train of unknown infants headed to the concentration camps and finds shelter with a circus that is sheltering Jews.  Stay tuned!

Thank you to Pam Jenoff and Lisa from TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to send some questions your way.

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