Lydia Minatoya’s memoir, TALKING TO HIGH MONKS IN THE SNOW, won numerous awards, including the PEN American Center’s Jerard Fund Award for an emerging woman author, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and notable-book citations from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library. Ms. Minatoya was born in Albany, New York. After earning a doctorate in counseling and psychology from the University of Maryland, she spent two years teaching at universities in Japan and China. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two young children. THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY is her first novel.
Dennis Y. Ginoza recently spoke with Ms. Minatoya at her Seattle office.
Ms. Minatoya’s answers are presented here in RealMedia 5.0 format (non-streaming). To listen to these files, you will need the free RealPlayer software.
To listen to Ms. Minatoya read an excerpt from THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY, click on the following
Realmedia file: MinatoyaExcerpt2
Q&A with Lydia Minatoya
Q – When did you first start writing? minatoya1
Q – You mentioned THE CAT IN THE HAT. Were any other authors particularly influential for you? minatoya2
Q – THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY is full of historical details. How did you go about researching your novel? minatoya3
Q – You employ an unconventional narrative style in THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY, one that incorporates different forms and is non-linear. Why did you choose to write in this manner? minatoya4
Q – How does your background in psychology and sociology affect your writing? minatoya5
Q – When you write from the different perspectives that fill your novel, do you exercise a concious control over their voices or do you just let them flow? minatoya6
Q – What is your next project? minatoya7
Q – Why do you write? minatoya8
THE STRANGENESS OF BEAUTY