Jacquelyn Mitchard

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, including Two If by Sea. She has also written young adult novels; children’s books; a memoir, Mother Less Child; and a collection of essays, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.

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Two If by Sea
Tempestuous
The Girl in the Wall
Exposure
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Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Most people are a little bit racist, but I am not, not even a little. I don't know what the word for that is. Personal responsibility. The ability to listen.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Playing a judge on TV ... and Dick Wolf, you could make this fantasy into reality!

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. On the dark side, it would be Jack the Ripper. I would say, first, "Don't come any closer ... keep your distance!" Then I would ask, were you really a portrait painter? Were you really minor royalty? Did your biggest thrill come from doing all those horrifying things and getting away with it? Did you take great pride in terrifying all of London? And I would ask Anne Boelyn, "What makes you so different? Don't you see what's going to happen, because this guy is nuts ..."

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Gnocchi.

Author Voices

August 10, 2015

I’ll spend more money if you call me “honey.”

I’ll drive across town to go to the post office where the person behind the counter, who’s younger than I am by ten years, says, “Hey kiddo.”

I’ve always thought that I could cash in bigtime on a 900-number. Forget about phone sex. This would be phone sympathy, with a side of sweet nothings. The callers would be answered by an African-American woman of indeterminate years and girth – who sounds maternal and substantial. “He said that to you? Are you kidding me? Awww, honey.”

In fact, the number would be 1900AWHONEY.... see more

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