The Book Riot Live Interview: Rumaan Alam
Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty. You can read more about him here.
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Plotter. I plan EVERYTHING OUT before I ever start writing.
Q: You can take one (and only one) book with you on a 4-day trip where there are NO BOOKSTORES. What book do you take?
A big fat COLLECTED STORIES—doesn’t matter whose: Richard Stern, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, Ray Bradbury, JG Ballard, Ann Beattie—I could keep going.
Q: Favorite album or band to listen to while writing?
I listen mostly to Bach and John Adams (the composer, not the President) when I’m working.
Q: What’s the story you wish someone else would write, so you could read it?
I would like to read Yoko Ono’s memoirs.
Q: Chunky or smooth?
I love ALL peanut butters!
Q: What are you reading right now?
I’m working my way through Anita Brookner’s oeuvre.
Q: What book do you wish more people had read?
Mary McCarthy, The Group.