Deanna Fei, author of A Thread of Sky, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post titled “Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer.” I think all writers have favorites. Mine is on Fei’s list: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which I love for being so practical and unpretentious. And funny.
One thing I found was an interview with the author on ScientificAmerican.com. Here’s an excerpt:
Steve: So the book is obviously all about poison and that makes it all about chemistry; it’s really a chemistry book in disguise.
Blum: It is. It’s called The Poisoner’s Handbook, but in the most subversive way, it’s about something that is near and dear to my heart, which is that I think chemistry is both beautiful and sinister.
You can listen to a podcast of the interview (and/or read the transcript) by going here.
I also found a blog called The Write Note by the author, where she writes more about poisons as well as her writing experiences. On it, she is extremely generous with her comments and comes across as friendly and accessible. She now has a blog called Speakeasy Science and a web site where you can listen to another podcast from NPR’s Science Friday as well as more information about Ms. Blum herself.
It’s not often that you can enter into the world of an author of a great book you’ve just read. I wish there were more experiences like that out there.