Weekly Geeks: Author Fun Facts

February 8, 2010 at 12:10 am 5 comments

This week’s prompt was simply to compile a list of fun facts about a favorite author, then post links to the posts of other Geeks and their favorite authors. Easy peasy! The hardest part is deciding on a favorite author. Corey and I have a lot of “favorite” authors, but one I know we both love is Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Susanna Clarke Fun Facts

* Clarke graduated from Oxford with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.

* Clarke made her big break when her partner, sci-fi writer Colin Greenland, showed her first short story to his friend Neil Gaiman.

* She spent 10 years editing cookbooks for Simon and Schuster, during which she continued to write short stories and work on her novel.

* Clarke taught English as a foreign language in Italy and Spain — and came up with the idea for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell while teaching in Spain.

* Clarke currently lives in Cambridge, where she is working on a novel to follow Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Corey  |  February 8, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Susanna Clarke is amazing! This book is on my rereading list for sure!

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  • 3. Suey  |  February 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Fun! There’s a couple of Susanna Clarke fans in this edition of Weekly Geeks it looks like!

  • 4. Erotic Horizon  |  February 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Ms Clarke does seem to be a fav of a few of the Geekers….

    I must look into her work…


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