Debut author Caroline Bock recently published LIE, a story about a hate crime that tears a community apart. We asked her a few questions about the life of a writer, and she gave us plenty of food for thought. Read and be amazed, figlidinks! Also, LOOK AT THAT BOOKSHELF. That is the bookshelf of a writer if I ever saw one – straight from Caroline’s house!
Where do you keep the books in your house? Send us a picture.
Where I write, in the basement, I’m surrounded by books. And, I plan to keep buying books. I need to feel certain ones in my hands. At the same time, my newest place for books is the ‘Nook.’
What’s the best and worst thing an editor can tell you?
The worst thing an editor can tell me is that she likes what I wrote, but wants more; at the same time, the best thing she can tell me is that she likes what I wrote, but wants more.
If your writing had a flavor, what would it taste like?
Spumoni. Layered and multicolored with unexpected candy and nuts.
Are you working on a new book right now? Tell us about it.
Yes, but it’s too soon to talk about it.
Did you write as a teen?
Obsessively. I was also the editor of my high school’s literary magazine, Opus, at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure book?
The Percy Jackson series.
What’s the value of sadness to a writer?
The value of sadness to a writer? Knowing it’s transient, knowing that the opposite is happiness or even, occasionally, joy.
Have you even spoken aloud to one of your characters?
I’ve argued aloud with Skylar, Sean, and Jimmy. I didn’t argue aloud with Lisa Marie because she wouldn’t let me get a word in. (These are all are character in my debut novel, LIE.)
What was the biggest hurdle along the road to publication?
The two biggest hurdles are the first sentence and the last.
Can you leave us with three words to jumpstart a story?
A lie becomes…