Sara Gruen spoke with The Times last week while promoting her new book, Ape House. She mentions her creative process, writing Ape House, and of course, Water For Elephants.
Q: What has been your favorite character to write and why?
Gruen: I have different favorite characters for different works-Walter and Rosie in “Water for Elephants”; I like Harriet the dog (in “Riding Lessons”)…For “Ape House,” I really had fun with John and my heart really broke for Isabel; she’s really the scraped nerve of the book.
Q: You write so vividly in “Water for Elephants” about circus life and elements of the Great Depression. How do you approach your research and when do you know when it’s time to stop researching and start writing?
Gruen: With the circus stuff I was starting from absolute zero. I hadn’t even been to a circus. I went to various circus archives … I really just wanted to get a feel of the look, a sense of the colors and the costumes, and so on … I realized I was ready to go because no one cared what kind of lug nut was used on the train.
Q: “Water for Elephants” met with such critical success and a warm audience reception. Were you nervous about following it up?
Gruen: Of course … Actually, “Water for Elephants” had mixed reviews at the beginning … I don’t think anybody expected it to do what it did. It was word of mouth and booksellers and book clubs that made it happen.
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