Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the NYT bestsellers The Lost Girls of Paris and The Woman with the Blue Star. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her J.D. from UPenn. She lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia, where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

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What does your writing space look like?

Honestly it’s just a desk in the corner of my bedroom.  It’s too messy to show.  We have three kids and six pets and kind of live in squalor.  But when everyone is out or asleep, it works for me.

If you could spend a day with another popular author (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

So I had the chance to meet Judy Blume a few years ago.  She actually invited me to stay at her house on book tour – which I did, only she was out of town.  I would like to go back to Key West and actually spend time with her.

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

By starting the next one!  I don’t do much – I might take a day off and shop with my mom or take my dog Scoop to the park.  I enjoy the writing and I’m eager to keep going.

Is there something you do/have while writing that helps your process? (Music, snacks, etc.)

Coffee, of course.  I am a highly caffeinated individual.  And I eat massive breakfasts and graze while I write.  I probably consume 90 percent of my calories before ten in the morning while working.  I recently contemplated Invisalign and decided against because you can’t eat while wearing the trays, and eating and drinking coffee are so critical to my process.  Also there are these hard peppermint candies that you can buy from Philadelphia street vendors, which help me concentrate.  I actually call them “drafting mints.”

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading both THE HOUSE IN THE PINES by Ana Reyes and THE VILLA by Rachel Hawkins.