Author Laurie Frankel wrote a funny, heartwarming story about a large family facing issues — including how to parent a transgender child. In this podcast and video (both options are below), Laurie talks to Nalini Haynes.
Laurie lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter and border collie. Before becoming a full-time writer, she taught literature, writing and gender studies at a US university. Her previous novel, The Atlas of Love, has been highly acclaimed and optioned for television:
‘This beautifully written debut offers something for everyone – humour, richly drawn characters, and a tender exploration of love, friendship, and food’ — Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Laurie is also on the board of a non-profit organization, Seattle7Writers, a group of Pacific Northwest authors who work to promote literacy efforts in our community. They teach, raise money, create pocket libraries in shelters, prisons, food banks, and outreach centers, and foster connections between readers, writers, indie booksellers, and librarians.
Her second novel, Goodbye for Now — about a couple who create and market an algorithm that allows people to stay connected, via email, with loved ones who have died — has been optioned for film. The filmmakers are in talks with actors and directors, but Frankel doesn’t know much beyond that. Which is fine with her.
Although I usually have a list of written questions, I went into this interview having researched Laurie and read her latest book, This is how it always is, without writing questions. I may have fangirled over the book. Just a little.
Reposted from Dark Matter Zine with permission.