LA: Mint chocolate chip
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
LA: That would have to be India, if only for the sheer concentration of life and color and insanity and comedy and tragedy in any 100-square-foot area.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
LA: The only movie I can reliably and annoyingly quote is It’s a Wonderful Life. “And a happy new year to you…in jail!”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
LA: I feel ill-equipped to make a responsible choice.
KLC: The United States electoral process is ____________________.
LA: a real goat rope
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
LA: When I was fifteen, I had a crush on a boy who didn’t know I existed, so I volunteered to accompany his church group—of which I was not remotely a member—on a mission trip to South Carolina to clean up after a hurricane. After a solid week of riding in a van, hauling tree branches and miming Bible reading, I think he finally knew my name, but I had a crush on a different boy.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
LA: A robot that swiftly and quietly fixes all the broken things in the house, mends ripped hems, and sews buttons back on.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
LA: I like to think there's a good chance of all three. And wouldn't it be great if there were a bigfoot, elves, or a Wall Street regulator who would fix all the broken things in the house, mend ripped hems, and sew buttons back on?
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
LA: Frankly, no one has asked me any of these questions in an interview before. Also, no one has ever asked me which specific colors correspond to alphabetic letters, numbers, days of the week and months of the year. A complete answer would take too much space here, but let's just say that Friday has never been and never will be green, no matter what the days-of-the-week underpants say.
Lauren Acampora is a fiction writer whose collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, has just been published by Grove Atlantic. Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review and New England Review. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and daughter.
Happy book birthday, Lauren!!!