It is a Great Pleasure and an honor to Interview author Jane Baskin. Thank you Jane for your time. I wish you much success.
What inspires you to write?
I can't help it. I have been writing yarns and stories, since I was a child. When I sat down to write JANE OF THE JUNGLE, it was just because I got a new computer, and I wanted to see how it worked. I wrote the opening paragraph, and then I must have opened a channel to the infinite, because out it came. I wrote most of it in stolen hours at Starbucks. I would just open the computer, pick up where I left off, and then it would flow. One day in Starbucks, I looked at what I had written and exclaimed out loud, in front of everyone, "Where do I get this sh*t?" After the appropriate apologies to the startled cafe' goers, I explained that I was writing a yarn, but had no idea how. Of course, there was a bit of editing to do later on.
Who is your favorite author?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I first read Cien Anos(One Hundred Years Of Solitude), when I was about twenty-eight, living on Martha's Vineyard Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. I was thunderstruck by magic realism, and also by his ability to weave profundity through a rollicking yarn. If I have copied him in my style of writing, it is the highest form of flattery. Magic realism is the fusion of poetry and prose, it's the writer's way to 'show, not tell.'
Did you enjoy reading as a child?
My mother told me that I was a word hound. She said, she and my dad used to put the newspaper on the floor for me, so that I could crawl all over it, and pick out words I knew. I don't know at exactly what age I was reading, but I do know I read Aesop's Fables and Winnie The Pooh myself, when I was very young. Books were not only doors to another world for me. As I grew, they became comfort, fantasy, escape and teachers. In high school, I read my father's Oxford Shakespeare to relax, after getting picked on in school.
How important is a book cover?
Well, it won't make me buy a book, but it will make me look, so I would say that's pretty important. I designed my own cover for JANE OF THE JUNGLE, and then the editors changed it. I don't know why I let them. I like my original design way better, and they used the wrong kind of guns, by the way.
Do you have current work in progress?