When I asked Wendy McClure if she would be willing to be answer the 6 questions we always ask I told her that we usually only feature Minnesota writers. I then gave her three reasons why I was asking. 1.) I loved The Wilder Life; 2.) a few sections of the book take place in Minnesota; and 3.) she admitted everything she knew about Minneapolis was from the movie “Purple Rain” and that made me laugh.
So here you have it Wendy McClure, author, BUST columnist, and fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder answering our questions. AND, if you’d like to ask a few of your own, Wendy will be reading at Magers & Quinn at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday April 20. That’s tomorrow night. Magers & Quinn is at 3038 Hennepin Ave. South.
Speaking of Magers & Quinn, manager Jay Peterson has a great Q&A with Wendy over at Metro Mag. Go read it!
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I keep shuffling the stack by my bedside but the two that are closest to the top are The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown and White Cat by Holly Black. Reading piles of manuscripts at my job gives me a short attention span for opening pages, and when I read for pleasure it has to be something that brings me in right away.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
All the fictional guys I’ve fallen for are terrible boyfriend material: Curious George, Holden Caulfield, Edward Rochester. At least I had the sense to never read an Ayn Rand novel, because then I’d really be in for some relationship misery.
If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Do you think Elizabeth Bishop would like First Avenue? I’m not from Minnesota but I saw “Purple Rain.” Or wait, what about that Tiki bar that serves pizza? Bishop would love that.
What was your first favorite book?
A Little Golden book called We Like Kindergarten. After that, On the Banks of Plum Creek.
Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Probably Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
Every decade someone tells me to read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I’d better do it.
Everyone keeps telling me to read Geek Love, too! I really need to get on that.
@LeAnn Suchy, Geek Love is on my Top-10 Favorite Novels of All Time list.
@Jodi Chromey, You’re like the 20th person to tell me this, so I will finally have to add it to my summer reading list.