One Minute With: Attica Locke
Friday 04 June 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm standing in my den [in Los Angeles] and I can see a big ash tree in my back yard.
What are you currently reading?
Two books at the same time - Fatima Bhutto's memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, which I am just beginning, and The Promise, about Barack Obama's first year in office. I'm writing a novel so I'm reading non-fiction only.
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/him
Larry Brown, who has just passed away. He was based out of Mississippi and the reason I love him is because he wrote about the American South with a great deal of compassion, and without mockery.
Describe the room where you usually write
The walls are mauve and there's a cheap Ikea pine table. On the desk is a big fat thesaurus, dictionary, pens, cups, and there's a board on which I try and map out my novels, which my three-year-old daughter has discovered and since used for her artwork.
What distracts you from writing?
The internet and blogs.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I'm a cross between Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird - I had that wide-eyed admiration for my father who was a lawyer - and Jay Porter, the main character from my novel, who I am more like than I wish I were.
What are you readers like when you meet them?
The ones I am most touched, tickled and moved by are the ageing political activists who have adopted me.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Dr King, but not for the postage-stamp reason. I appreciate being able to vote and do all those things which the Civil Rights movement enables me to do, but I'm talking about a reason beyond that: his philosophical commitment to non-violence.
Attica Locke's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel, 'Black Water Rising', is published by Serpent's Tail
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was raped by another man. And now the Government wants to take away the one thing that saved my life
- 2 Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
- 3 Priest warns pupils the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is 'demonic activity'
- 4 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
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Never Mind the Buzzcocks axed from BBC2 after 18 years
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