If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
James Baldwin. Shakshuka with avocado, homemade challah bread, and a bottle of Maker’s Mark.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
That my writing will be misunderstood and hurt someone. I read something that hurts or offends me and sit in that experience.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
What books are on your nightstand?
The Girl On the Fridge by Etgar Keret
New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Numbers In the Dark by Italo Calvino
Traditional Astrology For Today by Benjamin Dykes
The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
My dreams at night. They are almost always magical realism and create a perfect starting place for a story.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
Period. It is clear and direct, never wavering, always constant. A period is a boundary. When you come across it, you can start again anew.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
The Scarlet Letter
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
My salt lamp, whose glow keeps the magic alive.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Love. Engaging. Art. Quiet. Inside-out.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Rejection is subjective.
Raki Kopernik is the author of THE THINGS YOU LEFT, a thirty-seven story collection built on magical realism and seemingly inconsequential moments between sweet and strange loners that meet in the space between the heart and the mind.
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