Interview with J. Oaks

October, 2009
J. Adams Oaks

Quick Start


SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

JO: Wow. If I could do that, who would need to live it?

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

JO: I write to ease the passing of time --Borge


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

JO: 1/21

SS: What were your previous occupations?

JO: bartender, teacher, translator, editor,

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

JO: At a cafe during college

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

JO: West High in Madison, WI. Hamline University for Undergrad. And Columbia College Chicago for Grad School.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

JO: I can only have one?!? Hope about Sergio Mendes?

SS: What is your favorite movie?

JO: The City of Lost Children

SS: What is your favorite television show?

JO: Lost


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

JO: They're changing all the time, but I aspire to Faulkner & Morrison & Marquez. I listen to voices of Isabel Allende & Junot Diaz & Dorothy Allison. And I lose myself in Ha Jin & Sandra Cisneros & ZZ Packer.

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

JO: 1. Last Exit to Brooklyn 2. The Best American Short Stories of... 3. The Book of Laughter & Forgetting 4. As I Lay Dying 5. The Bridegroom

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

JO: Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

JO: Write. No matter what everybody else says: Write.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

JO: I haven't heard much yet. I'll have to let you know....

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