Nancy Atherton, March 2008

Our first author is Nancy Atherton, writer of the charming Aunt Dimity series.  Aunt Dimity and her protege Lori Shepherd have charmed and diverted readers since their first appearence in 1992 with Aunt Dimity's Death.
In the most recent Aunt Dimity adventure (just out in hardcover this month from Viking) Lori and Aunt Dimity go to Finch's first ever Renaissance fair and become embroiled in medieval mishaps.
Recently, Little Professor's own Aunt Dimity aficionado was fortunate enough to engage this charming author in some email interviewing.  Here are the questions and Ms. Atherton's responses.
Sara:  What was your favorite book as a child?



  As a child, my favorite book, hands down, was Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I read and reread the abridged edition we had at home, then discovered, to my infinite delight, that there was such a thing as an unabridged edition.  O Joy!  More stories about the March family!  A few years ago I had the great pleasure of visiting Orchard House, the Alcotts' home, in Concord, Massachusetts.  For me, it was a spiritual pilgrimage.



Sara:  What (outside of selling the entire print run and topping the bestseller

lists) is the best thing that can happen to you on a book tour?



Having been grounded by a physician in the middle of a book tour because of a double ear infection, my motto is:  Any book tour without a ruptured eardrum is a GOOD book tour.  The other best thing that can happen, happens every day on tour:  I get to meet and spend time with my readers, who are, without doubt, among the most interesting, intelligent, good-humored, and kind-hearted people I've ever met.



Sara:  What other genres have you most wanted to write in?



I'm happy as can be writing my stories.  I've never yearned to write anything else.  If something else wants me to write it, however, I will do so.  I'm nothing if not obedient to my muse.



Sara:  Do you have a Reginald in your own life?



I have many Reginalds, thanks to generous readers who give them to me from time to time.  I didn't grow up with one, though.  When I was growing up, my confidante and companion in adventure was my Raggedy Ann.  I still have her, and she is very raggedy indeed.


Sara:  What is your literary guilty pleasure?



I have no literary guilty pleasures.  I enjoy good writing, whatever the genre.



Sara:  Are there any authors you feel have strongly influenced or inspired you?



Every author I've ever read has influenced me.  The First World War

poets (Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, and others) have

inspired me.



Sara:  Which of your books, thus far, is your favorite?



My first book, Aunt Dimity's Death, will always be my favorite, because

it introduced me to writing and to a world filled with characters I love

beyond reason.
Nancy Atherton can be reached at her website.  Here is a review Sara wrote for Nancy's previous hardcover, Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter.   It appeared on the IndieBound (formerly BookSense) bestseller list for March 20, 2008.  This title is now available in paperback from Penguin Books.