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.