Today I’m the guest of the glorious group known as the Jungle Red Writers. (Mad love to them for the reference to “The Women”–one of my all-time favorite films.) The Reds have graciously posted a piece I wrote on the inspiration for Aunt Dove from CITY OF JASMINE, and I hope you enjoy!
As to what I’m doing right now, I’m prepping for the RT Convention in New Orleans in a few weeks, reading some books for endorsement, writing my own novella, reviewing copy edits for next fall’s book, pondering my next major project, and broadening my own horizons as a reader–yep, I’ve finally succumbed, chickens. I’m reading GAME OF THRONES. (Actually, I lie. I read GAME OF THRONES yesterday and now I’m onto CLASH OF KINGS which will take much longer since I can’t play hooky to read.) I’ve seen the first three seasons of the series and my husband has been reading Martin for a looooong time, but I’ve been pretty slow to climb onto the bandwagon. It occurred to me that, as broadly as I like to think that I read, my breadth of interests in mostly in nonfiction. In fiction, my tastes are pretty specific and I don’t wander too far off of them. And while there’s nothing particularly wrong with that, it’s also not very adventuresome. So, I’m making an effort to include a few more things that are outside of the norm for me and would love recommendations–not just in fantasy but any genre. Even mystery. I read mystery but tend to stick with a lot of the Golden Age stuff. There are whole eras of historical mystery I haven’t touched, so recs from that field are welcome too.
In short, chickens, whatcha reading?