Maud Carol Markson debuted with her first novel, When We Get Home, twenty years ago and Andre Dubus wrote, “It may be the best story we have about marital love.” This summer Maud — once again exploring the ever complex relationships of family and love — had her second book, Looking After Pigeon published, garnering the following praise:
“If you love superb literary fiction with a genuine and engaging voice, this book is for you.” __Harriet Scott Chessman, author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
“A story about solitude, and searching, which reminds us that love is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.”__Michele Richmond, author of The Year of Fog and No One You Know
A full presentation of Looking After Pigeon will be posted here within the next two weeks, but let’s now reveal Maud Carol Markson beyond this two sentence bio:
She has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire and Cabrini College. She now lives in California with her husband and son, and her dog Molly, who is her constant writing companion.
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I certainly need more than 8 words! Or a lot less.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: “Don’t do to others what you would not want them to do to you.”
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Having my family healthy, happy, and content.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Something bad happening to my son or my husband.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: I like it right where I am.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: I don’t know who I identify with, but I have always been a big fan of Amelia Earhart. I wish I could be fearless and original like she was.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: “On the other hand….”
Q: What do you regret most?
A: I try not to have regrets, just learn and move on….
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: My super hero talent would be the ability to transport myself anywhere– no traffic jams, no airport security. My human talent would be to be able to eat whatever I want and never gain weight.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Raising my son.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I worry excessively.
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I never hold a grudge and never stay angry.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Myself, of course.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: I’m nosy and I ask a lot of questions. As for physical traits– my dark brown eyes.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Harriet the Spy
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: No favorites– I don’t like villains.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Impolite people
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: I love to walk my wonderful dog, read, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with family and friends (preferably on a beach somewhere).
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: I sometimes fantasize about being an Olympic athlete.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you? A: Intelligence, loyalty, sense of humor
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: I love pizza, but I don’t think I would want to only eat pizza. A wonderful tomato fresh from the garden with a sprinkle of salt on top is also amazing.
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: This is my list at this moment in time (it changes): John Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things,” Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want,” Bob Marly’s “Is This Love?” Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years”
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Almost impossible to only pick 5, but here are some: Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Tomas Hardy, Finding a Girl in America by Andre Dubus, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Nine Stories by JD Salinger, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (made me believe I could be a writer someday), Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt, Someone Not Really Her Mother by Harriet Scott Chessman,
Republic of Love by Carol Shields, Collected Stories by John Cheever
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