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Francesca Lia Block

January 23, 2013

For many young women I know, dreaming about being Weetzie Bat informed them to bleach their hair and emulate her spirit. And everyday another girl is transformed by their own reading of the books of Francesca Lia Block.

Block, author of 25 novels and a Los Angeles native, crafts magical, postmodern characters and stories maneuvering through the city she loves. She writes about the city by way of her characters and their interpretations of the landscape. And all the while, these fairy tales manage to convey a message of love. 
She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, The New York Times Book Review and the School Library Journal, Her work has been published around the world, translated into many languages.

I can’t deny, my inner 12 year old is tittering. We’re thrilled to have Francesca Lia Block on 12 Questions today.

1. What is your hometown?

Los Angeles California

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Persephone and Orpheus

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Charlotte Gainsbourg please. Directed by Sofia Coppola

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Frida Kahlo’s self portraits.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

HOUSE OF LEAVES by Mark Z. Danielewski, THE FIFTY YEAR SWORD by MZD.  BLONDE by Joyca Carol Oates.  BROKEN HARBOR by Tana French.  SWAMPLANDIA by Karen Russell.  THE GREAT NIGHT by Chris Adrian.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Robyn “Dancing on my Own.”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

My kids tease me that I cry easily, even at really bad, cheesy movies. . But I liked SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Dog but I admire cat’s tremendously.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness but truth told with kindness can be even better.

10. How do you define sin?

I rarely think in terms of this.  I just think we all need to be kind to each other.

11. How do you define virtue?

Treating each other with loving kindness.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Rose Quartz faeries dancing.  “Here lies flb. She loved.  A lot.”

13. Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Patti Smith

Francesca Lia Block

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  1. January 23, 2013 09:16

    Cool interview! I love the Weetzie Bat books. I re-read them every year. Witch Baby is one of my favorite characters!

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