10 Questions With Gabrielle Zevin

What was the last book you read?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I adored it.

What was your favourite book growing up?

Anne of Green Gables.

What literary character do you most relate to?

This isn’t a literary character, but a literary reference. Up until a couple of years ago, I always thought I’d be in Gryffindor, but lately, I’ve started to suspect I’m Slytherin.

“When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.” Name that book.

The Secret Garden. (But I always preferred A Little Princess!)

Describe your ideal day off.

A thick book with a juicy plot, a delicious meal, and a long nap.

If you could attempt any profession but your own, what would it be?

Today, I’ll say opera singer.

What would your pirate name be?

Brunhilde the Buxom Scrivener

What is your favourite word?

Like a mother with her children, I feel I should say that I love them all equally. The word I find myself using the most is probably “thank“ and its various derivations.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

An authoress because that’s what all my most beloved book heroines became.

What is a Woozle?

The singular form of the name of a Nova Scotia bookstore, but of course. (And something to do with Winnie the Pooh, no?)

Gabrielle Zevin is an American author and screenwriter. She writes fiction for both adults and young adults, and her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Gabrielle has always liked to type and write, and at some point in her early years, her typed words turned into stories. She has written essays, newspaper reviews, and scripts for both stage and screen. She eventually set her sights on novel writing, with her first YA book, Elsewhere. Her fifth novel, All These Things I’ve Done, was released on October 3, 2011. Now in paperback!

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