Talking with authors is one of the best parts of working at BookPage, and my Wednesday conversation with Julia Glass was especially exciting because I’ve been on a binge of her work in recent weeks, ripping through my review copy of The Widower’s Tale, re-reading Three Junes and picking up The Whole World Over for the first time.
When I blogged about The Widower’s Tale a month ago, many of you were eager to get your hands on this book. For that you’ll have to wait until September 7, but just for kicks (and since it’s Friday!), I thought I’d give you a teaser from our discussion.
Without further ado, here are three fun facts I learned about Glass (the indented sections are direct quotes):
She has to be “dragged kicking and screaming into every technological and communicative advance in the world.” [This fact is relevant to Percy, the main character in The Widower's Tale.]
I’m like the only writer on the planet who doesn’t have a website and refuses to join Facebook. And my publisher has been so nice to me—they actually sent me an email a couple weeks ago, asking, would you mind if we started a Facebook page for you? And I started to bristle and write this kind of I don’t do Facebook! e-mail in this curmudgeonly fashion. Then I looked at the email and actually what they wanted to do for me is start—I think they’re called—a public Facebook page. In other words, they run the page and it’s very clear that I’m not running it, but I have the option to participate any time I want to; I don’t have to join Facebook. I was really kind of touched and excited by this. So I’m happy to hear that I have good company here because they also do the same thing for Alexander McCall Smith. [Become a fan of Glass's newly-created Facebook page.]
She loves to play badminton.
I’ve discovered the sport of badminton; I’m not a jock, but late in life—once again the late bloomer, now in my ‘50s—I have found my sport. It’s a very challenging sport; it’s not the game you play on somebody’s lawn with the raquet in one hand and a cocktail in the other. It’s an indoor sport that is enormously rigorous, very fast and I’m enjoying being a jock to the extent that I can and getting myself in better shape.
She is thinking about revisiting characters in her next book. [You might remember that Fenno McLeod, a narrator in Three Junes, reappears in The Whole World Over.]
Usually by this point—when a book is about to come out in a month—I already have the inkling of the next book, and for the first time, I’m less certain. I am thinking about revisiting characters from previous books, but I’m not going to say who. I have to know that I really want to be with those characters again, and I’m not entirely positive.
That that’s all the teaser you’ll get until September, when you can read more about The Widower’s Tale‘s characters and inspiration on BookPage.com.