I love a good story. I love to be transported away from where I am sitting and get lost in someone’s words. I geek out over authors. The ability to weave a narrative from ideas in their head and execute it in such a beautiful and creative way is something that blows my mind. Perhaps that’s why I felt so nervous leading up to my conversation with Bryan. I love, love, love his writing. To write such a stunning book of stories right out of the gate? Wow. He is one of the most talented and incredible writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
Since it was my first author Zoom, I reached out to my friends at the Texas Book Festival for guidance. I was nervous and wanted help moving the conversation along (and making sure that I didn’t lose my cool!). They introduced me to the wonderful, talented Maya Smart, who is a pro at moderating book club conversations. I was lucky to lean on her during our first author Q & A, and I hope that she will be back. I really loved her insight.
A few of the things that stood out to me about Bryan was how humble and kind he is. I also loved his work ethic: He writes starting at 5 a.m., which, to me, shows his passion and dedication to his craft. I also love the amount of research and care that he gives his work. He really honors it, and it shows in his writing. He’s incredibly thoughtful at every turn.
Watch our full conversation in the video below. And then go buy Lot, if you haven’t read it yet.
Also, mark your calendars: Our Zoom conversation with Leigh Stein for her novel Self Care will be September 10th at 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST. To participate, go to the Now & Gen Bookclub on Goodreads and RSVP for the event!