Justin Bog

What do you think of when you think of Chicago?

College summers, good friends, an art opening of my father's Boardwalk paintings, and so much more . . . great dining.

Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?

Raymond Carver.

What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?

"What question should I have asked that I didn't?"

What's your guilty pleasure reading?

Young adult books ("Hush," "Harry Potter," "Hunger Games").

Can you describe a random or unexpected experience you've had while promoting a book?

I was at the University Book Store in Seattle setting up the official book launch for "Sandcastle and Other Stories," and the bookstore manager nudged me and said, "Do you know who that is?" She pointed (similar to the way anyone would point out the accused murderer) at a woman in line at the register. I said, "No, who is it?" "Nancy Pearl." "Oh. Wow." And then she introduced me and I handed over one of my books. Hope she likes it. (Nancy Pearl is the author of "Book Lust.")

What's your favorite font to write in?


Do you listen to music while you write? What music?

Albums: The Clash/London Calling, NIN/The Fragile, Pretenders, Kate Bush, Classical Baroque/Emma Kirkby, Suzanne Vega, Roxy Music.

How do you celebrate after you've finished a book?

Champagne, and a simple night in with my mate and my pets, Zippy, Kipling, Ajax & Eartha Kitt'n.

What's your favorite first line of a book? Last line?

Both come from Shirley Jackson's work.

First Line from the novel "The Haunting of Hill House": "No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream."

Last line from the short story "The Lottery": "'It isn't fair, it isn't right,' Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her."

What book do you read over and over again?

"The Shining" by Stephen King.

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