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Quick Facts about Rae Meadows

Rae Meadows, author of Mothers and Daughters

Rae Meadows is the author of Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction, and No One Tells Everything, a Poets & Writers Notable Novel. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit Rae Meadows' website at www.RaeMeadows.com.

Where are you from?
That's a tough one. I was born in Brussels, Belgium, and then lived in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Diego before college at Stanford. From there: San Francisco, Prague, Anchorage, Paris, Salt Lake City, Brooklyn, Madison, and my new hometown of Minneapolis.

What are some of your favorite books?
Jesus' Son, by Dennis Johnson
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Unless, by Carol Shields
Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Last Night at the Lobster, by Stuart O'Nan
In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O'Brien

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
My main interest is pottery. I have my wheel in a studio in the basement. Since becoming a mother, I have not been able to devote much time to it, but working with clay will be a lifelong pursuit.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
No More Donuts. My first writing teacher, Lewis Buzbee, gave me a pencil printed with that advice. Basically, it means get to work.

What is your favorite quote?
From a fortune cookie: All things have beauty, but not everyone sees it.

What inspired you to write your first book?
While a grad student in Salt Lake City I had two jobs: I was an obituary writer and I answered phones/booked dates at an escort service. The experience at the escort agency inspired Calling Out. 

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Were you an escort? No!

Where do you write?
Anywhere where my family is not. Sometimes at a desk, sometimes on the bed, sometimes at a coffee shop. Always on a laptop.