Sunday, February 25, 2018
Books

What's Amanda Elend reading?

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Amanda Elend

We caught up with Elend, 30, at the Largo Cultural Center, where Eight O'Clock Theatre was presenting Lost at Sea, a musical Elend and husband Jason Tucker wrote together. The play is about Alex Jones, a 12-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a pirate. Elend, a Florida native, graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in creative writing and American studies. She and Tucker live in Nashville and are expecting their first child in a few months.

What's on your nightstand?

I just finished The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and have now started on Don DeLillo's Mao II. I only started reading DeLillo recently, and I'm a very big fan. As far as Age of Miracles, I enjoyed the conceit, the Earth slowing and how people are dealing with it, but the characters didn't really draw me in. Since I thrive on writing characters and have some trouble with keeping an exciting plot going, I have a lot of respect for good, big concepts, but I really need more character for something to become a permanent fixture on my nightstand.

Are you typically interested in science fiction?

I do gravitate more toward science fiction than fantasy, but I like the everyday life stuff too. Anyone who gives me that "oh" moment and who can make me look at something I've been looking at forever in a new way or put words to something I've taken for granted or anyone who can make the everyday more magical.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

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