I’m so excited to have Emma Carlson Berne on the blog today! Still Waters sounds fantastic and it’s great to get to learn more about it.
Describe Still Waters in four words.
Mysterious, dark, haunting, lonely
Can you tell us a little about Hannah?
Hannah is very much myself in high school—smart, but also awkward and fairly shy. Just like me, she
often tries to hide her self-consciousness. Unfortunately, I never had a beautiful, sweet boy pick me out of the crowd, the way Colin does to Hannah, but it was fun to imagine how it would feel if that had happened.
The cover for Still Waters is absolutely gorgeous. What are some of your favorite covers?
Well, actually, one of my favorites is my edition of The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. I
don’t now if this is still the current edition, but mine had an illustration of a girl with a huge bubble gum
bubble in front of her face, so all you could see was her straggly, short blond hair. It used to drive me
crazy that I couldn’t see the girl’s face, but in a good way. And since I’m thinking of Katherine Paterson,
the other one I like was the cover of my copy of Jacob Have I Loved, which had a girl in a ruffly white
sundress walking on a beach. I kind of craved that dress, and since I was extremely skinny in middle
school and basically built like a stick, I also wanted a figure like that girl too.
What is the best book you read in 2011?
I tend to read my favorite books over and over—for instance, I have to read Jane Eyre at least once
a year, and the same with Lolita, but my favorite new book I’ve read this year would have to be The
Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, which is a memoir about growing up with a schizophrenic mother. Since
I had a very stable, pretty ordinary childhood, this was like a glimpse into an entirely different world.
If you could have dinner with any 3 authors (dead or alive) who would they be?
Well, probably Jane Smiley would be the first. I have a lot of questions to ask her about why she hasn’t
written anything more that resembles A Thousand Acres, the novel that won the Pulitzer Prize. And
also Roald Dahl. I actually read that he was not a very nice person, sort of mean and biting, but very
entertaining. I’d like to eat with him in a group so I could just listen to him but not actually have to talk
to him, in case he was mean to me. And the third would be Louisa May Alcott. Little Women is one
of my favorite books, but she had a really interesting life, being raised by Bronson Alcott who knew
Emerson and Thoreau and the other Transcendentalists, and then being an army nurse during the Civil
War, and writing sensation stories for the newspaper, just like Jo did in the book.
I’m excited for my next thriller, CLOSER (which may soon have a new title), to come out in Fall 2012. I’ve heard I may get a look at the cover after the holidays. This is a story about a twisted love triangle and is somewhat creepier and more violent than STILL WATERS. And I’m generating ideas right now for my next book after that. Any suggestions?
Oooo A twisted love triangle sounds very intriguing! If you want to learn more about Emma Carlson Berne and Still Waters visit her at her website: emmacarlsonberne.com
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