The Book Riot Live Interview: Diane McMartin
Diane McMartin is the author of This Calls For a Drink, and the presenter of our Friday evening Books & Booze pairing (tickets available!).
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Option A: Plotter. I plan EVERYTHING OUT before I ever start writing.
Q: Got a favorite superhero?
Q: What’s one thing you want people to know about your book?
It addresses the real reasons to have a drink – dating, work, and dealing with other peoples’ weddings!
Q: Do you know your Hogwarts house?
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?
Tender is the Night, White Teeth, Sweetbitter, On Drinking. [Editor’s note: that is more than one! But they are such good picks, we’ll allow it.]
Q: Favorite album or band to listen to while writing?
Ethiopian jazz or the Kills.
Q: Chunky or smooth?
Option C: I love ALL peanut butters!
Q: What are you reading right now?
The Long Winded Lady, a collection of Maeve Brennan short stories.
Q: What book do you wish more people had read?
Pandora’s Handbag – a collection of writing by Elizabeth Young. Such an interesting woman!
Q: What genre have you never written in but want to?
I’d love to write a cookbook!
Q: What’s the most surprising thing you learned in the course of writing your most recent book?
How much help you need from other people!
Q: What do you know now about publishing that you wished you knew when you were first starting out?
It takes a looooong time!