Laurie Frankel

This is how it always is by Laurie Frankel: book cover. Legs encased in brightly coloured stripy socks and mary janes dangle from a branch where a girl appears to be sittingAuthor Laurie Frankel wrote a funny, heartwarming story about a large family facing issues — including how to parent a transgender child. In this podcast (above) and video (below the text), Laurie talks to Nalini Haynes.

Laurie Frankel lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter and border collie. She taught literature, writing and gender studies at a US university. A company optioned Frankel’s previous novel, The Atlas of Love, for television.

‘This beautifully written debut offers something for everyone – humour, richly drawn characters, and a tender exploration of love, friendship, and food’ — Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Laurie is on the board of non-profit Seattle7Writers, a group of Pacific Northwest authors promoting literacy. They teach and raise money for pocket libraries in shelters, prisons, food banks, and outreach centers. Seattle7Writers also foster connections between readers, writers, indie booksellers, and librarians.

Her second novel, Goodbye for Now, is about a couple who create and market an algorithm that allows people to stay connected, via email, with loved ones who have died. This has also been optioned for film. The filmmakers are in talks with actors and directors but Laurie doesn’t know much beyond that. Which is fine with her.

I usually provide a list of written questions. However, I went into this interview having researched Laurie and read her latest book without writing questions. I may have fangirled over the book. Just a little. My review is here.

You can find Laurie Frankel at her website, on Twitter and a few other places.