Author Interviews Redux: Claire Cook and Jennifer Egan

by Lian on May 31, 2012

Two of my author friends are in the news this week. Good for them!

Claire Cook is publishing her next novel, Wallflower in Bloom in a  few days.  It arrives on June 5th in hardback and Kindle.

Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad  is publishing a new short story via Twitter  at 140 characters at a time.

Both women were kind enough to sit down with my Satellite Sister Liz and I a few years ago as part of our Word Write Festival. In anticipation of the publication of Helen of Pasadena, we recorded a series of interview with authors. It was an exciting time for me. Today, I had  fun to listening back to the interviews as I anticipate the release of my own book. Jennifer Egan and Claire Cook are very different writers but with a similar quality: generosity of spirit. Full of advice, wisdom and humor.

I thought I’d re- post the interviews in case you missed them the first time around.  You can find them either at iTunes or at Stitcher Radio. Enjoy!


Claire Cook's new book comes out June 5. Click here to be taken to

Claire Cook

In honor of the release of Claire Cook’s new novel Wallflower in Bloom ( June 5, 2012), I’m reposting an interview with this fun, funny writer/mom/sister/inspiration. My Satellite Sister Liz and I talk to Claire about her book Seven Year Itch, how she made the leap into writing and what’s next on her agenda of re-einvention. Claire Cook’s latest book Wallflower in Bloom will be released this week in hardback and Kindle.

Direct download: Chaos_Claire_Cook.m4a
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We spoke to Jennifer before her book won every award known for Fiction Writing! You'll be fascinated to hear her writing process. Click here to be taken to


Jennifer Egan is the Pulitzer Prize- winning author of a Visit from the Goon Squad and she’s making news this week by publishing her short story Black Box via Twitter. (Don’t worry, if you’re not on Twitter, you can find it in this week’s The New Yorker magazine or at )  In honor of that literary milestone, I’m reposting an interview with Jennifer Egan that I did several years ago with my Satellite Sister Liz. Jennifer Egan is warm, smart and super-articulate. A joy to talk to …

Direct download: Chaos_Jennifer_Egan.m4a
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Lian June 4, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Thanks, Shibamom. If a barking dog is the measure of a normal life, then i have a very, very normal life!


Shibamom June 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Lian just wanted to say I get a kick out of hearing your dog bark. I am happy to hear others have barking dogs and it sounds so much like “normal life”

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