New year, new interview series! Looking forward into 2023, I have decided to retire the literary Would You Rather series, but didn't want to stop interviews on the site all together. Instead, I've pulled together 40ish questions - some bookish, some silly - and have asked authors to limit themselves to answering only 10 of them. That way, it keeps the interviews fresh and connectable for all of us!
Today we are joined by Kate Mueser. Kate was going to become a concert pianist, but instead became a bilingual storyteller with a penchant for music. She spent over a decade working for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she reported and presented an award-winning documentary feature on the future of the book and hosted a TV show on German pop music, her own web video series, and a youth radio show. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Modern European Studies from Columbia University. A California native, she has spent nearly her entire adult life in Germany, with brief interruptions in New York City and Las Vegas. The Girl with Twenty Fingers is Kate’s debut novel. It was was largely written while she was pregnant with her twins, during her toddler’s naps. You can find her at katemueser.com
Why do you write?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
What’s the best money you’ve ever spent as a writer?
Describe your book poorly.
What is your favorite book from childhood?
What’s the one book someone else wrote that you wish you had written?
What songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?
JS Bach’s Concerto No. 1 in D Minor BWV 1052
Johannes Brahms’s Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
Wordplay by Jason Mraz
What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
What scares you the most?
Are you a book hoarder or a book unhauler?
Sarah’s hope of becoming a concert pianist was shattered when she bombed an important performance of a Mozart concerto. Now in Munich, she feels like an imposter in her job as a food magazine editor. A chance encounter in a music shop leads to a surprising friendship with an elderly widower with a unique grand piano. When they start meeting to play Mozart’s works for four hands, Sarah unravels the mysteries of his war-time past, uproots a musical secret in her own family — and finds the strength to redirect her own future.
Laced with melodies from Mozart and Schumann to Toto and Nena, The Girl with Twenty Fingers will delight readers, while asking the question: Can music change lives? Kate Mueser’s debut novel cracks open notions of failure and second chances, living to the fullest and dying without regrets, and cultural identity and privilege, making it both timeless and urgently relevant to our age.
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