Edition #51 – Karin Tanabe answers 7 questions

by | Aug 9, 2023

1. Why are you an author?

When I was nine, I sat down with a blank journal in the dark in my fourth grade class and was told to write whatever I wanted. It was magic. From that moment on it was read, write, repeat. It makes me feel alive. Sometimes it doesn’t make my bank account feel alive, but I don’t care. I love it!

2. Who inspired your literary inspirations?

I read every genre and appreciate them all, but if I could crawl into a book and never get out it would be The Great Gatsby. That sparse, perfect, prose. That sharp, brilliant look at America. I’m also very into Elena Ferrante right now. No one writes an ambitious angry woman like her, and I love an ambitious angry woman.

3. What is your writing routine?

I wish I had one. I like to write in the morning, sometimes very early. I get all my best ideas when I go on a run and my worst ideas when I’m scrolling on my phone. If I have writer’s block, I read and read some more.

4. Why did you write this book?

The Sunset Crowd
By Karin Tanabe

I was in the mood to live, and write!, a fun, glamorous romp. It’s my first post-pandemic book and I thought we all needed an escape. The Sunset Crowd is very much that.

5. What were the biggest obstacles in writing this book?

It’s hard to ignore the trends in the publishing industry right now. Romance and psychological thrillers continue to hit. But I don’t write those and sometimes I need to jump around the room and tell myself that that’s absolutely fine.

6. Who are the key points of the book?

This is a book about faking it until you make it in Hollywood. It’s a very LA concept, but also a very American one. There’s also the bigger question of who gets to make it in Hollywood? And who gets to be American?

7. Where may we find you online?