This week’s Ten Questions brings a visit from New York Times and International Best Selling author, Jenna Blum. Ms. Blum is the author of Those Who Save Us, The Storm Chasers, and a story in the Grand Central Anthology.
I was first introduced to Ms. Blum’s writing through Grand Central, a series of short stories all taking place in Grand Central Station on the same day. After hearing Jenna speak at an event for the Grand Central release, I immediately bought a copy of Those Who Save Us–a wonderfully written WWII historical novel told from the German point of view. It was a lovely accompaniment to the WWII novels I’ve read that were voiced from the Jewish perspective and I highly recommend it to everyone. Before you go out and grab the book though, take a minute to read our interview with Jenna. It’s fun, I promise 🙂
Ten Questions vol. 2 #2 Jenna Blum
Bookish Devices: What is your favorite word?
Jenna Blum: That’s a good question. My most recent favorite word is “crenelation,” about the snow castles here in Boston [BD: This interview was done in the winter of 2015 when Boston was under many feet of snow]. My first favorite word: “inchitate,” as in “Don’t inchitate me” (I meant irritate. I was 2 years old).
BD: What is your least favorite word?
JB: Congrats. If you want to wholeheartedly congratulate somebody, for goodness’ sake, take the time to spell the damned thing out!
BD: What turns you on creatively?
BD: What turns you off?
JB: Bad grammar. (I used to use bad grammar as a sieve for dating candidates.) Also incivility.
BD: What is your favorite curse word?
JB: I’m from Jesey, baby. F!!!!!!! The F-bomb! http://jennablum.com/2014/10/f-ing-f-already-writers-use-f-bomb/
BD: What sound or noise do you love?
JB: My black Lab jumping into the water–SPLOOSHO! So joyous. Also my fiancé’s laugh.
BD: What sound or noise do you hate?
JB: Music I haven’t chosen, especially rap, played too loudly. Bass.
BD: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
JB: We used to play this game at dinner parties! “What career would you have that involves a lot of training, besides your own?” Broadway singer.
BD: What profession would you not like to do?
JB: Any office job. I had an office job once. For one day. Then I called and said I had mono.
BD: What is your favorite flavor cupcake?
JB: Anything with SEA SALT CARAMEL frosting. You can have the cake. I will take the frosting.