Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Maria Semple Interview

Today we welcome Maria Semple. She has been ind enough to give us  some answers to a few questions.

Maria has written and Fabulous book

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Do you feel Sally has over come her own obstacles?

For the most part, yes. My way into Sally was that she felt incredibly anxious. In response to that, she felt compelled to control everything and everyone she came into contact with. That was really at the core of her character. So after her travails, at the end of the book, when she is in the support group and she shares that she wakes up every morning and says to God, "Surprise me"-- that is meant to indicate that she has given herself over to something higher, more spiritual, and that her controlling days are behind her. Also, at the awards ceremony, I wanted to show that, for the first time, Sally sees Jeremy for the first time for who he really is-- a charming, quirky guy. That, too, is a sign she has overcome a lot since the beginning of the book.

Do you feel forgiving is a big must in life?

Yes! What else is there, really? Otherwise you're stuck.

Life seems to come at you so fast in The One is MINE. Is there a secret you might know to keep your sanity?

That question implies a certain amount of sanity on my part. I know personally, my struggle is to stay in the present, keep off the computer, not to overextend myself, and do yoga as much as possible

Is there one thing you hope your readers get from this book, what would that be?

A good time. Seriously, that's what I was going for while writing the book. To give readers a really fun, slightly wild reading experience.

Now for my random Question. If you had to run to the hills because of some crazy natural disaster and you could only bring 3 physical items with you what would those be? (besides your loved ones)
A really good knife.
A pen and paper (I'm counting that as one.)

Thank You Maria!

Want to learn more?

Don't forget to check out my review of This One Is MINE

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Giada M said...

Thank you for this interesting interview! This One Is MINE is on my TBR pile. It sounds awesome!*_*

Giada M.

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Nina said...

Great interview, and yes a really good knife would be useful. :)

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

As always a pleasure to visit your blog!

Love this interview! I am adding this one to my TBR list...

Thanks Liz!!

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Katelyn said...

I love that sunblock was on her list of three must haves...I'm not sure what mine would be but sunblock seems like a good one...maybe asprin as well lol!

Andrea said...

I should really take her advice and limit the amount of time I spend on the computer.. I bet it does wonders.

Thank you for the interview!!

joder said...

Fun interview! And for my three items I'd choose my snuggie, my ebook reader, and a bag of bbq potato chips. At least I'd drown in comfort.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

KC said...

Sounds like a great book! I like that she wants her readers to have fun while reading! :-)

Jessy said...

Great interview, but I don't think it's my cup of tea.

Priya Parmar said...

i loved that interview! i especially appreciated the description of not overextending herself when writing--something i am struggling with!

skyla11377 said...

Thanks For A Great Interview. I Heard About This Book Not Too Long Ago And It Went Right To My To Be Read Pile. Thanks For Confirming My Decision To Check This Book Out.

brizmus said...

Great interview! I loved her answer to the forgiveness question - it's true - if you can't forgive, what else is there in life?
And good for her for bringing sunblock!

EVA SB said...

Good interview. A good knife is on my list - so useful.

elizabeth said...

Great interview! I enjoyed reading it.

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Great interview! Sounds like a great book!

Brodie said...

Thanks to Maria for sharing her thoughts with us! I'm even more interested in read her book now after both this and your review for it. I too, want to try living more in the present. I've actually been looking into starting Yoga lately and I KNOW I need to spend less time on the computer!

kstobias0385 said...

Because sunblock is a must :) I love reading the kinds of replies people come up with to these questions.

Erika said...

great interview! her book sounds lovely. adding it to my TBR pile :D

Brianna Bruce said...

I haven't heard of this one before, but I'm glad I did! I think I'll have to check this book out.

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Great interview! I liked that last question!

Amy J

Tina said...

Fantastic interview! I like her answer to the last question :) It's clear she loves writing.


ChickLitGirl said...

We should all learn to forgive.
I love the cover of her book. Its so yummy! Haha.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

The random questions make me laugh, hahaha :D She chose well - I would have chosen very similar! :D

Readerly Person said...

Love the random question! I think that's been my favorite part of all your interviews!

- Rebecca