About Amanda C. Gable
Q. Previous occupations
A. College residence hall director, bookstore clerk, advisor to a college student-run volunteer organization, college teacher, administrator of a fellowship advising program
Q. High school and/or college
A. Marietta High School, Marietta, GA; Stetson Univ. (B.A.); Indiana Univ. (M.S. Ed.); Emory Univ. (Ph.D.); currently in an MFA program at Georgia State Univ.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. composer: Mozart; musical group: Indigo Girls
Q. Favorite movie
A. North by Northwest
Q. Favorite television show
A. the original Perry Mason series
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Happily overrun with books, fountain pens, and notebooks.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. (favorite books) A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, Nicholas A. Basbanes; Maps to Anywhere, Bernard Cooper; Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex, and Suicide in the Deep South, Rosemary Daniell; The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner; Let the Dead Bury the Dead, Randall Kenan; Rumors of Peace, Ella Leffland; Zami, A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography, Audre Lorde; A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel; Name All the Animals, Alison Smith; Oral History, Lee Smith
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Lunar Attractions, Clark Blaise; Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books, Aaron Lansky; The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers; The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein; In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Alice Walker
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Linnets and Valerians, Elizabeth Goudge (a childhood book that evokes fond memories)
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Seek out teachers by taking creative writing classes or by attending summer writing workshops; join or start a writers’ group.