"Six are inspired by historical figures from various centuries; most of the pieces are influenced not only by character and narrative but by a particular architectural space - an historic luxury hotel in India, an Italianate, haunted hospital in Great Britain, a rural convent in Russia, a child's dungeon in Germany, for example," she says. "I love diving beneath history's accepted narratives, in themselves fascinating mirrors of cultural bias, mythos and prejudice, to find the fantastic, the bizarre, the sublime, the comical, the horrific, the transcendent. And in this collection, I posed an ethical dilemma, unanswerable, ambiguous, reverberant, at the core of each story."
What are you reading?
Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition by Robert Pogue Harrison, Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul by Cathleen Medwick, Satura, poems by Eugenio Montale, and Charles Dickens: A Life, the new biography by Claire Tomalin
What was your last guilty pleasure read?
Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone - no real guilt because it's a terrific read. Also Brad Morrow's, The Diviner's Tale - another wonderful novel
Where's the best place in Phoenix to read?
Embarrassingly, I don't go out much when I'm in Phoenix, so my favorite place to read is here at home, on my green velvet chaise longue, beside the fire. If I had to pick somewhere, I'd go to either the Tempe library or ASU's Hayden library...libraries are great spaces for communal solitude.