Submitted by Leah on Wed, 2015-08-26 10:43
What has it been like to be longlisted?
I've been surprised and touched by how many people in Baltimore have heard about the longlist. Baltimore is not a particularly literary town, but clearly Man Booker news reaches them.
What are you working on next?
I've just completed a novel for the Hogarth Shakespeare series: Vinegar Girl, a modern-day retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Now I plan to sit blissfully idle until September, which I consider the most natural time for beginning a new project.
What are you reading at the moment?
I'm in the middle of Michael Crummey's Sweetland, a beautifully written novel set on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland.
What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?
The one that has stayed with me longest is Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Particular phrases and even whole scenes are still astonishingly fresh in my mind.
The Whitshank family in A Spool of Blue Thread have had their fair share of upset but their outward mien is one of calm. Is calm the best response to life?
I'm not sure there is any one "best" response, but calm is the response I find most interesting. Histrionic, excitable people always seem to me to have fewer layers to them.