Audrey started by reading a chapter from her new book, Her Fearful Symmetry. The book sounds brilliant, and I can't wait to read it. She has a very calm way with words, and had the undivided attention of the whole audience (which, by the way, was smaller than I thought it would be). After the reading, she went on to host a Q&A session. Here are some things I remember her talking about:
- She's fascinated with cemeteries, especially Highgate here in the UK, which is where Her Fearful Symmetry is set.
- When writing The Time Traveler's Wife, she kept two separate timelines on the computer: one for Clare (normal human life) and one for Henry (where he'd come from, and what he/the reader would know at this point).
- TTTW's publication process was almost seven years.
- She hasn't seen the movie yet, and doesn't think she will. She also said she had no hand in the production or casting, though she does think Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were good choices.
- Her next book is something about a chinchilla girl covered in hair, with a medical condition that I can't remember the name of... (Does anyone know what I'm going on about?)
- She has written many short stories over the years, and self-published those in edition numbers of ten or twelve.
- She doesn't like to label herself as a writer, and would one day like to open a bookshop with no categories.
- She's not good with foreign languages, but included them in TTTW because Henry's job required him to know them.
That's all I can remember at the moment, but there was more, and she talked for around an hour. After that, we all queued to get our many books signed, and here are mine, along with a picture of Audrey signing: