In The Library

‘I once saved my brother from a bear’
A Quick Q&A with Anna North

Anna North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, is the story of an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most. We invited Anna over to ours to find out if she’s as enigmatic and mysterious as her protagonist.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is out in paperback now.
Who is your favourite author?

David Foster Wallace

What book do you most often recommend to friends?

Lately, Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey

Do you have any writing rituals?

I like to write first drafts longhand, in a journal. I also like to drink tea while I do it, if possible.

If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?

I took computer programming classes in high school and early college, and I thought about a career as a programmer. If I hadn’t become a writer, I might’ve done that.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

I love the opportunity to spend time making up stories.

If you always do work that you’re proud of, rather than work that you hope will please other people, then you won’t be as upset if some people don’t like it.

What one item could you not live without?

My iPad. Obviously, I could live without it if I needed to, but I love having something I can put lots of books on and carry with me everywhere.

Tell us something that will shock your readers?

I once saved my brother from a bear.

What makes you happy?

Summer, tulips, cats, swimming, reading

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If you always do work that you’re proud of, rather than work that you hope will please other people, then you won’t be as upset if some people don’t like it.

The members of my dream book club would be . . .

My best friends.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is out in paperback now.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is out in paperback and ebook now, and is available from Waterstones.

Anna North

Anna North is a journalist working for the New York Times, whose writing has previously appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, The Paris Review, Jezebel, and BuzzFeed. She lives in Brooklyn.