Member Mondays – Carin Siegfried

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Charlotte Past President and WNBA National Vice President, Carin Siegfried.

I have been in the book business for many years in a variety of iterations but editor is the one that stuck. Two years ago, with the support of friends and colleagues from the WNBA, I launched my own independent editorial business and have been thrilled to get back to my first love and this time be able to do it on my own terms. My fellow WNBA-ers have been invaluable in this effort and I don’t know that I’d even have had the nerve to start it without them. I certainly wouldn’t have as many clients and as few bumps in the road.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover? 

Paperback, mostly because they’re so much easier to carry around (and I can buy twice as many of them). When I’m running an errand that might involve waiting, I take a book, and if I’m currently reading a giant hardcover, I think twice about bringing it or if I want to start another (paperback!) book instead. I normally try not to read multiple books at the same time. I do also love to listen to audiobooks, primarily nonfiction and memoir.

What are your reading habits? 

This year I am aiming for 72, but that doesn’t count the books I’m editing or anything I’m rereading. So that’s about 1.5 books per week. I read at least an hour every night before bed, sometimes two.

What book are you currently reading? 

Current read: Getting In by Karen Stabiner. I think I picked this book up because I’ve been seeing the promos for the movie Admission with Tina Fey, which is based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz which I very much enjoyed back in 2009. So I was in the mood for another book about college admissions, and this one is from the opposite perspective, of the students, their parents, and their guidance counselor.

My taste generally runs very wild. I read 50/50 fiction/nonfiction men/women. I read books on such topics as the exploration of the continent of Australia, the women’s rights movement in the 1970s, working the night shift at a psych E.R., the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, how South Americans respond to Jane Austen novels, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass techniques, and the Byzantine Empire. And that’s just in 2012. My very favorite genre is memoir, but I really enjoy mixing it up and I always want to learn something, even from the novels, which is why a lot of my novels are historicals.

Where can other WNBA members connect with you? 





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