Author Spotlight: B.A. Shapiro
Barbara, when you are not writing- what do you like to do with your time?
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I love to read novels, go to the theater and watch movies. I love stories, all kinds, and eat them up in any fashion I can. I also often be found in an art museum, gallery or haunting artists’ studios.
Could you tell us who some of your favorite authors are?
I don’t have favorite authors as much as I have favorite books. Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, Ann Tyler’s Accidental Tourist, Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres, Jane Hamilton’s Map of the World, Anna Karenina, etc. etc. etc.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
I have three degrees in sociology and took only the required English classes as an undergrad, so I’ve read very few of the great books, can’t spell and I’m still learning correct grammar. (The spell checker just picked up original misspelling of grammar.)
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Although it’s incredibly politically incorrect, I’ve always wanted to be Scarlett O’Hara.
What are some of the books you are looking forward to reading in 2013?
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver; The Season of Open Water, Dawn Tripp; The Good Braider, Terry Farish
If you could be best friends with a character in a book- who would you pick? And why?
Sully in Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool. If you know Sully, you know why.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
A perfect work day would be one where I spend all day in the zone and don’t notice the day at all. My perfect play day would be on a beach with friends, family – especially my two-year-old granddaughter and a pitcher full of icy cold, perfect dirty martinis.
What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song?
Well, I’ve been singing I’ve Been Working on the Railroad to my granddaughter a lot. Does that count?
*Special thanks to B.A. Shapiro for agreeing to the Author Spotlight.