Q. What inspires your writing?
A. I’m most inspired by ordinary, everyday moments—what you talk about with your partner at the end of the day, the activities you play with your kid on a quiet afternoon at home, what happens at the dinner table. To me, those seemingly insignificant moments are what shape our lives, and I find them endlessly interesting.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A. Making up stories for a living is a pretty excellent job. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Q. What is the toughest part of being an author?
A. The work itself can be frustrating—when you’re working on a story and it’s just not happening the way you want it to, it can be pretty maddening. But I’ve found that the only way to deal with those tough days is to just write yourself out of it.
Q. If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A. I would teach. I loved school.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Ha! That is a tough, tough question! I’m stumped! The last autobiography I read was Rob Lowe’s so I think I’ll steal his excellent title—Stories I Only Tell My Friends. It’s good, right?
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. Ooh…I can’t pick just one! The Awakening by Kate Chopin is the first book I read over and over, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, all of Judy Blume’s books, all of Jhumpa Lahiri’s books, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. Charlotte’s Web.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Again, stumped! My kids are young, and like every mom I know, I’m trying to get the balance right between work and family and everything else, so I’ll say Kate Reddy in I Don’t Know How She Does It.
Q. What character from your book are you most like?
A. Waverly. Though as a friend pointed out, the similarities between us are all superficial details—we’re both half Polish, we both enjoy a “Cosby Show” rerun, and we both overuse the word “awesome.”
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. Fall, hands-down. I despise hot weather so I live for that first cool, crisp morning.
Q. What inspired your book cover?
A. The designer did a phenomenal job with my cover (in my humble opinion, as I had nothing to do with it!). Waverly, the main character, owns a bakery. For a variety of reasons, her life isn’t working, hence the broken plate.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I honestly can’t think of a thing! It’s been a glorious, celebratory whirlwind.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Yes! My next book is about two overambitious young doctors in Durham, North Carolina. There’s a tragic accident and trouble ensues. Believe it or not, it’s a love story.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. So nice to meet you! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl, so the fact that I’m actually doing it, and that people are actually reading it, is a dream come true. I pinch myself daily. Thank you!
Kristyn Kusek Lewis
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