My office, which is in the attic of my house. I can close multiple doors to block out sound.
I am notorious for reading about four or five books at once in various formats. I just finished THE DOLLHOUSE, and now I’m on to reading LEAVE ME by Gayle Foreman. That’s on my kindle. In hardcover, I’m reading THE GIRLS. In paperback (yes, I usually have a hardcover/ paperback going at once!) I’m finishing up THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia, and I’ve picked up/ put down A&R, which is an early-2000s novel about the music industry. And then in audiobook, which I listen to while running, I just finished UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT by Abbi Glines. Next up us THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10.
Various children’s toys, keys, wallet, crumbs.
That they are reading the books. Which is a huge deal, because there’s a show on TV about the books…meaning you could just watch the show. But what fans don’t realize is that the books are quite different from the show. So you get this fun new perspective. (I also love when I hear from fans who have “been with the books from the beginning.” They are so dedicated!)
The Anastasia Krupnik books by Lois Lowry: I read these when I was in third or fourth grade, I think, and I just loved how they were about a smart girl living in the city who wrote lists about everything. Because of Anastasia, I started writing lists too!
The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler: I had read unreliable narrator books before, but this one was so elegant and surprising. I really didn’t see the end coming. I wanted to write something like it: smart teenagers who screwed up and now have to pay the price. Enter PLL!
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb: I read this when I was sixteen or seventeen, and found it just marvelous. A simple story about a woman’s psychology, but so richly told. It still holds up after all these years.
Anything by Stephen King: King is such a masterful storyteller. He knows just when to end a chapter and how to keep a reader on the edge of his or her seat. I try to emulate him as much as possible.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt: This, like The Basic Eight, inspired me to write about kids who had secrets and worked as hard as they could to cover them up. Donna Tartt is a master at pacing and character.