The Straits Times in Singapore has an interview with me in its Sunday edition. I’ve pasted it below. But first, here are a few very minor corrections and a couple of comments:
- For the record, the NYT reviewed my first novel, The Last Day of the War, not the new one…alas.
- I guess I am 63 if you use the Asian method of determining age, but as an American, I’m sticking with 62 as long as humanly possible.
- Nazi “pogrom”? Um…yeah, I guess. It was one hell of a pogrom, though.
- The character is Iris Alter, not Iris Lenz. Poor Iris. Her name is always getting a bit mangled in these interviews.
- My mom, who has always been a dynamic, optimistic force of nature, even now at 90, did not really have “nothing” after the kids left home. I shouldn’t have phrased it that way. But, yes, it’s fair to say that like so many women of her generation she had to find her footing when her primary role as mother changed.
But my writing desk at home is, indeed, covered with make-up. What can I say? The light is very good in my home office.
Here’s the article, which I’m pasting in full so anyone interested in it can avoid the need to register:
How a 100-year-old suicide inspired Judith Claire Mitchell
A 100-year-old suicide inspired Judith Claire Mitchell’s second novel