Interview with Alexis Bass, Author of What’s Broken Between Us
08 Feb 2016
What’s Broken Between Us is about sadness and forgiveness and brothers and sisters and drunk driving and bad television interviews and guilt and moving forward and falling in love. In a nutshell.
What fictional literary world would you most like to visit?
My childhood demands that I say Narnia for this question. 🙂 But I’ll also answer: Brideshead Revisited. Only I wouldn’t want to visit the “revisit,” I’d like to visit it when it was at its prime.
What are you currently craving?
Food wise? Chocolate. Always Chocolate. Book-wise? Something challenging and thoughtful that pulls me in and doesn’t let up.
What books do you find yourself returning to again and again?
Oh, so many. The Adults by Alison Espach. All the books in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater (Can’t wait for the last one out in 2016!). Lauren Oliver’s debut: Before I Fall. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo. Books by Jandy Nelson and Donna Tartt and Bret Easton Ellis. I also must include the 2015 release The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which I’ve already reread twice.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Let it go—whatever it is. But take your time.
What’s your favorite song lyric?
“Take all that you have,
And turn it into something you would miss if
Somebody threw that brick, shattered all your plans.”
from Sowing Season, by Brand New
*I find it inspiring.
What’s your favorite quote or scene from What’s Broken Between Us?
Without spoiling too much, my favorite line from one of my favorite chapters, probably one of the most uncomfortable to watch play out, takes place toward the end of the book in an auditorium. The line is “Thank you,” and it’s my favorite because of the timing.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
― Coco Chanel
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