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Q&A with Karen & LLC Book Club & Northpark Book Club, Louisiana

Q&A with Karen & LLC Book Club U and Northpark Book Club, Louisiana

1) Would you rather be noted/remembered as an author or actress?

In this day of multi-hyphenates, I guess one is allowed to be all things that give one pleasure… So, to answer your question, I would love to be remembered as a free-spirited actress/author/teacher/adventurer/world traveler!

2) What are some, of your personal favorite books?

Reading is one of my great passions and always has been, since my grandmother sat me on her lap in her rocking chair, reading to me Heidi and The Wizard of Oz.

I adore poetry… a few of my favorite poets being: T.S. Elliott, E.E. Cummings, Mary Oliver, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson and the magnificent Rumi.

My favorite playwright is and always will be Tennessee Williams.

I am addicted to non-fiction, particularly about the writing process – such as Stephen King’s On Writing, and Steven Pressfield’s, The War Of Art. I also have a great love for biographies and autobiographies.

As for fiction, I would have to write a very long list of titles… a few authors from that list being: John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, Isabelle Allende, Isak Dinesen, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

My most recent favorite read is a brilliant book by the award-winning French author Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us.

3) What other women from the past do you most admire?

There are so many women who rose up in their cities, their countries, their century – sometimes giving their life to create a new artistic, scientific, political, philosophical, change. Their contributions have allowed me to live my life as a free and autonomous woman. I would be remiss naming even one woman against all others.

4) If you could rewrite any portion / character of The Whip, what would it be?

If I had the opportunity to rewrite any portion of the book, I would explore in detail, Charley’s search for Lee in San Francisco. Luckily though, I have recently completed the screenplay of The Whip and have done just that!

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