Pam Jenoff, author of the recently released (in paperback) Almost Home, The Diplomat's Wife, and The Kommandant's Girl (click here for Diary of an Eccentric's mini-review).
Author Pam Jenoff is a former resident of Maryland and graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After attending Cambridge University in England, she took a variety of jobs in American government, including positions with the Pentagon and the State Department. Since then, she's graduated the University of Pennsylvania and works as an attorney in Pennsylvania.
However, her latest pursuits have involved novel writing, and one of her earlier novels, The Kommandant's Girl, became an international best seller and was nominated for the Quill Award. Her recent novel, Almost Home, was released in paperback and is set in both Washington, D.C., and London as the main protagonist, diplomat Jordan Weiss searches for the truth behind the death of an old college boyfriend and tries to uncover corporate connections to the Albanian mob.
Please welcome, Pam Jenoff and stay tuned for my review of her latest novel, Almost Home.
How would you introduce yourself to a crowded room eager to hang on your every word? Are you just an author, or what else should people know about you?
I jokingly say that I am boring and grumpy. What I mean by that is I still have a day job (most people are surprised to learn this) as a law school professor. So I have to go to bed very early in order to get up by five to get the novel writing done. But I love every part of my crazy, hectic life and wouldn’t trade a minute of it.
Please share a few of your obsessions (i.e. a love of chocolate, animals, crosswords).
I’m a huge eater. I would always rather eat than drink, and mostly healthy stuff, though I could eat my own body weight in Twizzlers and cheesepuffs. I’m a shameless napper. Big football fan (Philadelphia Eagles). And I love a good sudoku puzzle.
How do you stay fit and healthy as a writer?
I chase after my one year old son a lot. I try to run and get to the gym and once upon a time I was a second degree black belt.
Which books have you been reading lately, and are there any you would recommend in particular? Which books do you think should be read by more readers?
I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books to my son, like Is Your Mama a Llama and Dr. Seuss. That might be all I have time for at the moment! I’ve also enjoyed authors such as Tracy Chevalier, Kate Atkinson, Laura Lippman, Barbara Kingsolver and Anita Shreve. I think everyone should read what they want…just read!
What current projects are you working on and would you like to share some details with the readers?
The sequel to Almost Home is called Hidden Things and it will be out this July. And I’m working on something next about which I am super-excited. It brings together elements of all of my other books. It’s tentatively called The Anniversary Clock, but it’s really too early to say more beyond that.
Thanks, Pam for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions.
Check out the second part of the interview on D.C. Literature Examiner.
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