If your life (so far) were a book, what would the title be?
Go Your Own Way
What is the greatest story ever told?
That God kicked us out of the Garden because Eve ate the apple of the Tree of Knowledge.
Who is the greatest literary character ever created?
Which living or dead writer would you most like to share a meal with?
What is your favorite word right now?
What word has always looked or sounded strange to you?
Yellow. Say it: yellow yellow yellow yellow.
How many words have you written today?
500. But it’s still early.
Where have you had your most exhilarating writing experience?
In my office in my desk chair.
What is the thing about writing that you most deplore?
What is the thing about writing that you most love?
When the angels sing.
What stereotype about writers have you found to be true?
Mournful and self-absorbed, irritable and depressive.
What’s the biggest misconception about writers/writing?
That it comes out beautifully, full blown.
What’s the one thing no one would ever guess about you from reading your writing?
What a cheerful person I really am.
Janet Fitch was born and raised in Los Angeles, a third generation Angelino.
She attended Reed College in Portland Oregon, graduating with a degree in history, and attributes much of her storytelling ability to her training as an historian. Since then, she has worked as a proofreader, typesetter, graphic artist, newspaper editor, magazine editor, freelance journalist and teacher of creative writing–not to mention Manpower Temp and worst waitress in Los Angeles. If she spilled coffee on you, she apologizes.
Her second novel, Paint It Black, has just appeared in paperback and in Dutch, Italian, Swedish, German, Hebrew and Polish. Jennifer Jason Leigh performs the audiobook. Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander was an Oprah Book Club selection, and was translated into 24 languages, including Mandarin, Turkish and Finnish. It served as the basis of a motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and the audiobook is read by Oprah Winfrey. Her early young adult novel, Kicks, sometimes surfaces. The anthology Los Angeles Noir (Akashic Noir) and Black Clock 7 both carry recent short stories.