Featured Friday! Garen Glazier
Garen is a lifelong resident of Seattle. She married my Russia-born-America-raised high school sweetheart, and now has two daughters, ages 4 and 1.
She likes coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in her living room and singing in her car. The opening scene of Up always makes her cry. The Three Amigos always makes her laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are her guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. She prefers boxing classes to yoga, and gets some of her best ideas when she’s running. She loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world she’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. She’s never been an early bird, and feels strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
It’s probably the flexibility. I can write anywhere, at any time. But my favorite place to get to work is at home, late at night, when it’s just me and my computer and the silence of the house for company.
What made you start writing?
A quarter life crisis, actually. And a sign at my local indie bookstore advertising National Novel Writing Month in November of 2013.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Neil Gaiman. I want to be like him when I grow up.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Being an author seems like a glamorous thing, but when you get right down to it, writing a novel takes a lot of perseverance and hard work. You can’t edit a blank page so you have to show up on the regular and get the words down whatever it takes.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I love books with an element of fantasy. I guess I never quite grew out of the fairy tales I read as a kid, and that’s why chose to write a fantasy novel. But I do love a good nonfiction book now and again. That’s the perpetual student in me.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Oh, it would have to be Professor Dakryma, the Bulgarian incubus. He’s dark and mercurial, smart and not a little sexy.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Besides my own? Ha! Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. It should be required reading.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I had to remove an entire character from my finished manuscript because he just didn’t make sense to the plot. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to delete him entirely and I still kind of miss him, but really the book is better because of those difficult edits.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
The Harry Potter series. Because magic. The best magic.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her biographies of US presidents are extraordinary in their insightfulness.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
That’s a hard one because almost all my favorite movies were books first. But if pressed I would say A Knight’s Tale from way back in 2001.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
First I tried to find myself. Now I’m creating myself.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
The unknown. I haven’t started my next novel yet and I have a million ideas of where to go next. The hard part is narrowing it down.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
Be kind. Always.
Garen Glazier’s novel, On the Verge, can be found here: