Erica Bauermeister is the author of The School of Essential Ingredients (Jan 2009), a novel about eight students and their cooking teacher set in a restaurant kitchen. Her non-fiction work includes 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She received a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington and has taught at both U.W. and Antioch. Her love of slow food and slow living was inspired during the two years she spent living with her husband and two children in northern Italy. She currently lives in Seattle with her family.
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An Interview with Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners
When did you decide to be a writer? Was it your dream since you were a
child, or did it happen 'by accident'? What made you feel you were ready to write?
I have always loved books and reading, and I wanted to be a writer from the time I was small. I read constantly and studied literature in college, and then graduate school. I taught literature, I wrote reader's guides to books (which meant I read thousands of books to select a far smaller number). All of that taught me a great deal about the beautiful machines that are books their parts, the connections between them, the stroke of magic or imagination that brings them alive.
I think the reason I waited until I was 43 to start writing fiction, however, was that I knew from the time I was in college the kind of book I wanted to write and that I wasn't mature enough to write it yet. I wanted to write books about the small, "unimportant" things in life the ways we interact with each other as parents and friends and lovers and spouses, those subtle moments of miscommunication ...
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