by April Lindner
Release Date: January 2, 2013
by Poppy (an imprint of Little Brown)
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1. Why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was little. There were other things I wanted to be as well—a rock star, a painter, a tight-rope walker—but writing was the one that stuck.
2. Who were your biggest influences?
Over the years, I’ve been in a lot of creative writing classes, and have had many amazing teachers. In college I took a poetry workshop with the wonderful poet Mekeel McBride, and her playful way of looking at world really won me over; I primarily wrote poetry for a long time after that and studied with a series of poets—Andrew Hudgins, Charles Simic, Thomas Lux—more than I could list here. But I’ve always read novels and wanted to write one of my own, so I’ve taken fiction classes too, with the late Thomas Williams and Charles Wachtel. When I sit down to write I still sometimes hear the voices of my teachers in my head, telling me what’s working and what isn’t, urging me to do better.
3. Where do you like to write?
There’s a coffee shop a few blocks away from my house and I write there at least half the time. Writing can be a lonely endeavor; it helps to be surrounded by people, even if you’re not interacting with them. And the baristas all know me by name, which is nice.
4. Do you have a special routine you like to do before you write?
No…and that’s deliberate. I used to have a whole ritual for writing. I’d decorate my desk at home with sea glass and bouquets of herbs from my garden, and I would light a candle—everything had to be just so! Then I had a really bad period of writer’s block, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to sit at that desk since then. I now associate that spot and those rituals with feeling tense and blocked. Ever since, I’ve tried to keep things casual and shake it up a bit. When I get tired of writing at the coffee shop, I write on my front porch or even in bed. Now there are only two things I need when I write—quiet and coffee. And even the quiet part is optional.
5. When and how did you get the idea for Catherine?
After I wrote my first novel, Jane, a modernization of Jane Eyre, I knew I wanted to write another retelling of a classic novel.
was the most obvious choice, since it’s my other all-time favorite novel. But I had trouble settling on how to make the
story contemporary. I knew I wanted the
setting to be as important as any of the book’s characters, as in the original
source material, and I started out by setting a few chapters in the White
Mountains of northern New Hampshire, a place that can feel almost as stark and
remote as the Yorkshire moors—but that’s not my world. I’m a city girl, and I just wasn’t feeling
it. Then one night I was seeing a rock
show at the legendary Stone Pony—a nightclub in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and I
felt more energized, more electric, than I had in a long time. That’s when I came up with the idea of
setting my story in a punk rock club on New York’s Lower East Side—a place that
has a lot of character and edge of its own.
I’ve never lived there, but I’ve always wanted to. Wuthering Heights
6. Is there another book in the works? If so, what can we expect?
I’ve been working on a third contemporary retelling, this time of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View. I came to this novel by way of the delightful Merchant-Ivory film adaptation, starring a very young Helena Bonham Carter. I loved it so much that I went right out and read the novel, and fell equally in love with it. It’s the story of a conventional young British girl who goes on a tour of
and falls in love with a
freethinking young man, an experience that throws the rest of her whole life
into question. In my retelling, a young
American girl takes a backpacking trip through Italy Europe. In Italy
she falls in with a street musician from , and all the careful plans she’s made for her
future start coming unglued. New
THIS OR THAT
1. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
2. Cats or dogs?
3. Hardcover, paperback or ebook?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?
It’s still A Room With a View
2. Ice cream flavor?
Peppermint Stick—especially if I can have hot fudge on top
How to choose? I love them all—but I have a particular soft spot for deer. They’re so graceful, delicate and shy. And I’m a sucker for those big brown eyes!
Jane Eyre will always be my first love.
5. Actor and actress?
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. (You can probably guess that Roman Holiday is another of my favorite movies.)
6. Fictional character?
I wish my answer wasn’t so predictable…but I cannot tell a lie. Jane Eyre!
Get to know April Lindner:
A hardcover copy of CATHERINE by April Lindner to THREE (3) winners.
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