Interview with Nancy Farkas

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in New York. Living in a multiracial, multicultural environment, I was surrounded by intelligent friends and inspirational teachers. It was a privilege to have lived in such close proximity to New York City and Jones Beach, where there was always something to stimulate great stories-true or imagined.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally, the books I read are not particularly pleasurable. I read books for information that will make me appear smarter than I am. I inhale books about travel. I have read almost everything written by Bill Bryson, including his lesser known books about language and science. I loved his biography of Shakespeare.
I read "The Know-It-All" by A. J. Jacobs four times consecutively, hoping to retain as much as possible. It was a lot easier than reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.
When did you first start writing?
As a social worker, I was always writing psychosocial histories and articles on modifying behavior. I started writing my (first) novel when I was in my mid-fifties.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connecting with my readers. Winning the Readers' Favorite 2015 International Book Award was very exciting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W. Somerset Maugham, James Michener, Bill Bryson, John Irving, and Lawrence Block.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do have a day job and a family.
In my spare time:
-I waste a ridiculous amount of time doing Kakuro puzzles (mathematical transliteration of the crossword) and playing the thankless four-suit spider solitaire
-I'm not much of a TV watcher, but I like to watch House Hunters International and daydream about living in Europe
-I search real estate websites for rentals and homes for sale in Spain and Italy, in preparation of retirement
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends and family.
What is your writing process?
Writing, researching, writing, editing, editing, editing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I loved and was inspired by the following books, for no particular reason:
The World According to Garp, Fear of Flying, A Tale of Two Cities, The Know-It-All, The Razor's Edge
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ibooks on my computer
Describe your desk
An organized mess.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Can't say for sure if these are the first stories I ever read, but the stories that had the greatest impact on me were Peter Pan and Gulliver's Travels. Gulliver was my childhood imaginary friend-he was "with me" always. I never stopped dreaming of flying away with Peter.
Published 2015-09-29.
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Books by This Author

This Nearly Was Mine: A Novel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,590. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Annie is married to the love of her life, raising three children. Her curious teenage daughter seeks out Annie's ex-boyfriend while backpacking through Spain. Once he reappears in her life, Annie is overcome with memories of her romantic past, second guessing every decision she’s ever made, and wonders about the life that nearly was hers.