By all accounts author Ayelet Waldman is a courageous woman. Susan Dominus, of The New York Times, calls her "a woman not to be be messed with." She rescues maidens in distress, she slays dragons, she takes on a raging audience on Oprah and emerges victorious. Diss her and if you are lucky, she will do no more than go home and write about it. She has the fabled Sabra (native born Israeli, fruit of the prickly pear cactus) charm, the charm of those who thumb their noses heat seeking missiles. Ask her a silly question an she zaps you with the verbal equivalent of sulfuric acid. Ask her a question that requires too long a long answer and she makes you look stupid--she probably would say that only you can yourself look stupid. She has a point there.
Some folks might conclude that such a lavish display of charm is overkill, but look at at this way, this is a woman who is true to her convictions, this is a woman who writes the way she lives, fearlessly. As far as I am concerned, this is a woman who can jolly well blow off some obscure blogger who has not bothered to read her latest book in its entirety. Instead, she takes the time to consider what is being asked of her and she answers promptly. Does any of this have anything to do with the quality of her writing? I think it does. So go buy Bad Mother and make sure you read the whole thing or else.
Ayelet Waldman is the author of The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace (due out May 5,2009), Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Daughter's Keeper and the Mommy-Track Mysteries. Her personal essays have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazine, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Elle Magazine, Vogue, Allure,Cookie, Child, Parenting, Real Simple, Health and Salon.com. Her radio commentaries have appeared on "All Things Considered" and "The California Report."
Her books are published throughout the world, in countries as disparate as England and Thailand, the Netherlands and China, Russia and Israel.
The film version of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is now in post-production, with Don Roos as screenwriter and director, Natalie Portman in the lead role, and Lisa Kudrow and Scott Cohen also starring.
1. Is controversy a help or a hindrance for a writer?
2. How do wish to be remembered?
3.What is that defines you as a writer?
4. What do you sacrifice in order to write?
5. How does Judaism influence your writing?
6. You once said you were bipolar. Did you mean that you suffer from bipolar disorder? If so, how does that affect your work?
7. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
8. What do you say to a critic who claims that your writing is disorganized?
9. What do you say to readers who miss your crime fiction?
10. What would you say to your former classmate, Barack Obama, about the state of the arts in the United States?