Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Interview with Vera Jane Cook, author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater

Yesterday I posted my review of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater by Vera Jane Cook. (You can read my review here.) Today, Vera Jane joins me, Sandra, as I ask her a few questions about this novel set in the South.

Please help me welcome Vera Jane to Library of Clean Reads!

LCR: You probably get asked this a lot, but where do you get the inspiration for your stories?

VJC: They seem to come from my own past, things I've seen, places I've been and people I've known. Inspiration also comes from my own family and from the present world around me.

LCR: In The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, would you say that this is a typical story of the South?

VJC: I think every family has secrets, very strange secrets and to me the south is so rich with eccentricity. My novel takes place in the 60s and from that perspective there was certainly a lot of prejudice in the world but also many people who believed deeply in human dignity and human rights.

LCR: In that same book, why did you choose to put swear words into the mouth of young Sassy? 

VJC: My characters speak the way I believe is appropriate for them. I don't think Sassy really swore that much. You should read my present southern novel.

LCR:  Is there one particular author that you favour?

VJC: I like Joyce Carol Oates, Anita Shreve, and on the male side, Wally Lamb.

LCR: What is your favourite book? 

VJC: I have so many more than one favorite. I like The Dogs of Babel, The Kite Runner, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and All He Ever Wanted but there are so many more...

LCR: Do you have a favourite food? 

VJC: Italian

LCR: Thanks for joining us today, Vera Jane!


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