One Minute With: Mitch Albom
Friday 18 December 2009
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my home in suburban Detroit. I can see the mess on my desk. Beyond that, I can see out the window to the oncoming winter in Michigan, bare trees, frozen ponds, and a cold wind blowing.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished City of Thieves by David Benioff. When I'm promoting a non-fiction book on tour, as I am now, I usually like to read fiction. When I'm promoting one of my novels, I usually read non-fiction: don't ask me why
Choose a favourite author; why do you like her/him?
Nick Hornby... his work is funny and dotted with memorable characters, but he also has a thread of goodness running underneath his stories. It gives his work a lasting resonance.
Describe the room where you usually write
For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and – ta da! – a window.
What distracts you from writing?
The rest of my life. Which is why I always write first thing in the morning when it's quiet and often dark... Also, any music with lyrics; I end up writing what the singer is singing.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Oh, that's easy: Batman. No - I doubt I would make a very good central character for anyone's novel.
What are your readers like?
Amazingly kind, warm, open, and energetic... I seem to have very few casual readers, only passionate and appreciative ones... I am blessed.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
The elder members of my family... They endured and sacrificed in ways that I never will. Their spirit and wisdom made me who I am and their teachings permeate my work.
Mitch Albom's 'Have a Little Faith' is published by Little, Brown
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
Ukraine crisis: Helicopter gunships take country closer to all-out war
- 1 Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Graceless reaction of Jose Mourinho a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers