I had 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 Rebecca Hirsch Garcia. Rebecca lives in Ottawa, Ontario. An O. Henry Award winning author her work has been published in The Threepenny Review, PRISM international, swamp pink and elsewhere. The Girl Who Cried Diamonds & Other Stories is her debut collection. You can find Rebecca on Twitter or Instagram @rhirschgarcia
What do you do when
you’re not writing?
Describe your book in
Eerie short stories.
What are some of your
favorite books and/or authors?
I tend to connect with individual books more than authors as
a whole. Five favourites in no particular order: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The
History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Fifteen
Dogs by André Alexis, The Known World
by Edward P. Jones, and The Crimson Petal
and the White by Michel Faber.
What are you
I juggle multiple books at once. I’m currently reading Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane, Heaven’s Breath by Lyall Watson, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
They’re all great.
Do you read the
reviews of your books or do you stay far far away from them, and why?
I don’t go searching for them, but I don’t mind reading
reviews or comments, even the negative ones. There’s so much writing out there,
the fact that anyone would take the time to read something I wrote is always
something I’m grateful for.
Do you think you’d
live long in a zombie apocalypse?
Absolutely not. If there was a zombie apocalypse I wouldn’t
want to live anyway. Hopefully I’d be the person who gets bitten first.
If you could time
travel, would you go back to the past or forward into the future?
Always the past. I’m old enough to have regrets now, I would
go back and meddle, create new problems for me to try to fix.
What’s the weirdest
thing you’ve given/received as a gift?
I have both given and received a solitary brick. The
recipient of the brick I gave was not amused. Conversely I love my brick. My
mother gave it to me for Christmas one year. I still have it; it’s on my dresser drawer at
this very moment.
Do you DNF books?
I read the first third of Sophie’s Choice in high school and then finished it over a decade
later. I tried to read Wolf Hall
around when it first came out, gave up, and then tried it again in 2021 and
finished it. I’ll fully give up on finishing books when I’m dead. Until then
we’re just on a break.
Are you a book
hoarder or a book unhauler?
I used to be a book hoarder but I’m trying to learn to let
go of books I don’t want. Everything I love I keep, but the books I don’t love
I’m willing to pass on. Hopefully they’ll find a new home with someone who
Purchase your copy here
A girl born in a small, unnamed pueblo is blessed — or
cursed — with the ability to produce valuable gems from her bodily fluids. A
tired wife and mother escapes the confines of her oppressive life and body by
shapeshifting into a cloud. A girl reckons with the death of her father and her
changing familial dynamics while slowly, mysteriously losing her physical senses.
Infused with keen insight and presented in startling
prose, the stories in this dark, magnetic collection by newcomer Rebecca Hirsch
Garcia invite the reader into an uncanny world just to the right of reality
while exploring the personal and interpersonal in a way that is undeniably,