About James Gavin
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Book- and record-store clerk, (bad) secretary.
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Sacred heart High School (Yonkers), Fordham University (Bronx)
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Elis Regina
Q. Favorite movie
A. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
Q. Favorite television show
A. "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I live to pursue voices, words, and stories.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. An honest story is the only story worth telling.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Frank Rich, Derek Jarman, Patricia Morrisroe.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. 1. "One Christmas" (Capote) 2. "Mapplethorpe: A Biography" (Morrisroe) 3. "Modern Nature" (Jarman) 4. "The White Album" (Didion) 5. "Ghost Light: A Memoir" (Rich)
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. "Mapplethorpe: A Biography"
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Oh, come on -- modesty forbids!