When preparing a list of interview questions, most journalists tend to include a few tangential, broader queries. These are usually reserved for the end of the conversation, if-when there’s time, and can produce – in our experience at least – worthwhile results about half the time.
Joe Meyers asks three such questions at the end of his delightful Connecticut Post Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter-turned-author Anna Quindlen. In all three cases, he was lucky enough to hit the bullseye.
Quindlen, whose latest novel Still Life with Bread Crumbs arrives in stores Tuesday January 28, absolutely kills it with her reply to, ‘Do you ever miss journalism?’ She shares a solid personal-read recommend in reply to another question and offers this fun response to Meyers’ final query, ‘What’s next for you?’:
“I’m going to go downstairs and make lunch for my son Quin. He’s writing a novel on the first floor, and I’m writing one on the fifth floor, and we meet on the second floor for lunch. I’m the luckiest woman, and novelist, on earth.”
That’s certainly a different time-frame than the one Meyers was aiming for. However, the cheekiness of Quindlen’s reply combined a great upstairs-downstairs mental picture must have made the Hearst reporter smile. It certainly did us, when reading.
Read the full Q&A here.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Random House]