Interview with Amanda Coplin

Earlier this month I reviewed Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, a lovely, atmospheric, quiet novel set in early 20th century Oregon.  Love, family, the rural West -- this book is a favorite of 2013 so far.  I'm thrilled to share my interview with the author, so read on to learn more about her, her novel, and what she's reading right now. 

author Amanda CoplinWhat was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

A teddy bear named Cuddles, reviled by her sisters, runs away from home and travels to outer space.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I like to write in the morning after breakfast, coffee in hand.

Was The Orchardist the original title of your book?

No. The original title was The Wrested Earth.

book cover: The OrchardistAs you were writing The Orchardist, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

The character of Jane surprised me the most, probably. The decision she made when faced with the possibility of facing Michaelson again.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Read, watch movies, walk around Portland, meet with my friends, play Scrabble, play with dogs.

Read any good books recently?

Yes; always! A recent favorite is Colette's novel The Vagabond. It's about a female mime and dancer making a living for herself in France in the early 1900s, and what she does when she falls in love with a man who wants to marry her. Does she marry him and sacrifice the freedom she has worked so hard to cultivate, or does she sacrifice her own love of solitude for the intimate company of this other person? The character's decision, and Colette's decision to end the book the way she did, shocked me. I can't believe this novel was written in 1910, it feels completely contemporary.

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Comments

  1. I'm going to start reading this book soon, so I'll think about the original title as I read through it. Interesting answers to your questions, Audra!

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    1. I think you're going to love it -- it is so.good.!

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  2. I have this book on my to be read pile and it's nice to learn a little more about the author. Nice to find your blog too.

    Lindsay
    http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Lindsay -- thanks for stopping by -- can't wait to explore your blog! This was a wonderful read -- un-put-down-able.

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  3. I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. (I'm on the book tour for this one on Tuesday.) It will definitely be among my favorite books read in 2013, if not THE favorite.

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    1. I agree, Melissa -- it's going to be up there for the top ten of this year -- my mind was blown.

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  4. I love to write with coffee in hand too! I also love the original title! Thanks for the giveaway. I entered!

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    1. Isn't the original title catchy? I like both -- and they both fit the story well!

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  5. Oh, I liked this book so much!!! It's always nice to hear more from the author! Great interview!

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  6. I have been visiting your blog for awhile and really enjoy reading your reviews. This book sounds like another good one. I just recently signed up to follow your blog.

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    1. Amy, I appreciate your comment and I'm grateful you're 'following'. I hope you find some good books here! :)

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  7. I'm just about to start reading this one, thanks for the post!

    Anne

    http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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