Interview - Alice Ozma

Author of The Reading Promise: 3218 Nights of Reading with My Father

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First Writes: Alice Ozma, author of The Reading Promise: 3218 Nights of Reading with My Father

Give us five words to describe The Reading Promise?
Books and love. Not sappy!

Which book makes you cry?
The Old Curiosity Shop is beat-you-over-the-head sad. I found American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld to be moving in a poignant, calm way. We fall in love with the character, and we cry over such little things; at least I did.

Which author makes you laugh?
David Sedaris knows how to balance humour with pain; we sometimes go three or four pages without even chuckling, and then have to put down the book because we’re absolutely screaming with laughter. I love that back and forth.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
I’d love to chat with JD Salinger. I always considered myself extremely outgoing, but being a writer has made me a bit more shy and self-conscious. I know he was a bit of a recluse, so I’d be curious to hear if he regretted that.

What one thing would you change about the publishing world?
The amount of reading you end up doing about yourself. Every day, my publicist, agent, or editor will forward me an article, or a mention, and every time I am supposed to be thrilled. It feels egotistical.

What plans do you have for book number two?
I am about 65% sure I’d like to write another. For 23 years old, though, I’m happy with just one book for now.

The Reading Promise: 3218 Nights of Reading with My Father is published by Hodder & Stoughton on Thu 9 Jun.

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