How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. Awesome. Glad that your rules say that I can only spend five minutes on these questions because I'm itching to get back to it.
2. You're big on social media and blogging. What impact did these have on the success of The End of Your Life Book Club?
I don't know what effect Twitter and Facebook have had -- but I like being on them and I've met wonderful people in through both. I do think GoodReads had a huge effect. It's a phenomenal community of passionate readers. And I loved writing a series of blog posts for Powell's, one of the great Indie booksellers. I think that helped a lot, too. I've also been delighted to receive (and have answered) hundreds emails from readers.
3. Early bird/night owl, print/type, strict word count/spontaneous: What's your typical writing day like?
I'm an incredibly procrastinator -- so I need to make sure I've scheduled absolutely nothing else to do on any day I've set aside for writing. If I have anything else to do, anything at all, I'll dawdle until the time I have to do it, and then goof off afterward. I like to have 24 uninterrupted hours to do nothing but sleep, eat, and write -- regardless of the clock. I use a laptop. And I try never to focus on word-count. But because I also have a job, I really need to schedule writing days. I put them in my calendar far in advance.
4. Advice for an unpublished author?
Read Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. Not just great advice about writing -- great advice about life. And also read The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice for Writers by Betsy Lerner. Another great book with tremendous advice.
5. What's next for you?
I'm working on a new book (too early to talk about it) and still having a great time with Cookstr.com, the recipe website I founded six years ago.