The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist, Poet and Mother, Alison Pick
In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.
Alison Pick is the author of the poetry collections Question & Answer and The Dream World, and the novel The Sweet Edge. Her most recent novel Far to Go was a Top 10 Book of 2010 at the Toronto Star and NOW, and the winner of the Words Worthy Award. It will be published in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently on Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts Wired Writing Studio, Alison Pick lives in Toronto.
I am...a mother.
I am known to...wipe noses.
I do this in...the privacy of my own home, although I’m likely to Tweet about it later.
I do this because...the world needs the truth about mucous.
I do this when I...should probably be writing.
The way I do this is...by securing the back of the head, then distracting, then going in with the Kleenex.
At his/her core, a Writer is...free.
As opposed to an Author, who is...supremely jealous of a Writer.
A Writer is responsible for...making sure her manuscript is snot-free.
As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...avoiding this topic altogether.
At its core, Publishing is...“not quite a business. It’s part arts and part crafts, with a business component.” Thanks, Margaret Atwood.
As opposed to Editing, which is...pure pleasure. The real work is done.
A Publisher should always...be like Sarah MacLachlan.
As opposed to an Editor, who should always...be like Lynn Henry.
A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...not my manuscript.
As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is...variable.
A Manuscript should always...have page numbers.
As opposed to a Book, which should always...include at least one pie-chart.
At its core, Bookselling is...something we need more of.
As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...tiresome but appreciated.
The smallest unit of narrative is...the period. Pun intended.
The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...that toddlers will grow up.
The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...that toddlers will grow up.
In the future we will all...“drive rocket-ships and talk with our minds.” Thanks, John Prine.
At his/her core, a Reader is...someone who makes time to read.
However, the ideal Reader is...me.