"Finding the true self, asking the fundamental questions, being at agency, is a noble venture, and worth the pain of growth.” Janet Fitch on her central project, beginning with White Oleander all the way to Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. Celebrating 20 years of White Oleander--On the Literary Hub: “Where was my Hero’s Journey?”
"I think what all my books have in common is that I take the internal lives and moral development of women with utmost seriousness."
Janet Fitch and Amber Tamblyn in an ongoing conversation about feminism, politics, history, and more on
"I knew that Marina was born at the turn of the century and that her development would mirror and incorporate the history of the revolution and the literary history of the time as well — whom she admired, whom she would emulate. And that was basically all. The rest grew organically, moving back and forth, between her individuation as a woman, an artist, and a maturing moral entity, and the unfolding of the revolution — an intricately linked micro and macro story.”
—Wide ranging conversation with Boris Dralyuk on the creation of MARINA M. and CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL in the Los Angeles Review of Books
"When someone is a poet, that’s not a suit you put on and take off. It’s a way of being in the world — a vocation, a calling. Russia treasures its poets — they represent the essence of bravery and freedom, beauty and truth. Russians turn to poetry to express the soul of the times and hang onto what it means to be human in unbelievably difficult times."
On CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL In the San Diego Union Tribune.
Janet Fitch is a smart, award-winning author whose books include "White Oleander" and "Paint it Black." Both were best-sellers and have been made into movies.
Fitch’s new book, "Chimes of a Lost Cathedral", picks up the story of her historical fiction from 2017, "The Revolution of Marina M." She talks about the process of writing, the ways in which the Russian Revolution led her to see comparisons to the current political moment in the U.S. and how the two pieces of the story she has told are two parts of a whole.
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By Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
I first became aware of novelist Janet Fitch when White Oleander, an Oprah Book Club selection made into a feature film, was first published. I loved the novel and had her on my radio show. I remember being entranced with her alacrity with metaphor and simile and asked her, as we sat in my car in a Starbucks parking lot near the University of California, Irvine Campus where my show broadcasts, how she came up with such original similes and metaphors.
“Will you stare at a dripping faucet for hours until it becomes something else?” I asked her and she said, “Yes, yes I will.”
Discussing the boons and pitfalls of writing historical fiction, about living in history, Russia in the news and other timely topics with author and journalist Jennifer Haupt for Psychology Today's "One True Thing" column:
" I had no idea that people would become as obsessed with Russia as I am. You can’t predict the future, which is another theme of the book. You live inside history. You don’t know what’s going to happen. They didn’t know during the Russian revolution and we don’t know now."
Published November 22, 2017
An essay for the LA Times' Jacket Copy, “Janet Fitch explains what it took to go back to Russia 100 years ago in 'The Revolution of Marina M.',” November 10, 2017.
An essay for PowellsBooks.Blog, “Living in Interesting Times,” on a few of the obsessions that lead me to write Marina's story, November 9, 2017.
Q&A from Quora, “How to Become an Everyday Reader,” in response to the question, How can people go about becoming more effective readers in their everyday lives?, Huffington Post, November 7, 2017.
Interview by Trisha Ping for BookPage, November 2017.
Interview with Cody Drabble of Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, November 7, 2017.
Q&A from Quora, “Tapping Into Your Childlike Creativity Is Easier Than You Think, in response to the question, How can people develop their creativity?,” INC.com, November 7, 2017.
Janet speaks with host Jill Adams about her new book, The Revolution of Marina M., in this all-female edition of People TV's Shelf Life. Segment starts at 1:18.
An wide ranging conversation about the creation of The Revolution of Marina M. Includes some excellent questions from Goodreads readers.