Reading Matters

Renee Ahdieh reads at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at Barnes & Noble on Morrison Blvd.

Renee Ahdieh
Renee Ahdieh

Publishers Weekly calls Renee Ahdieh’s debut novel, “TheWrath and the Dawn” (Penguin/Putnam), “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.” The Charlotte native and UNC-Chapel Hill graduate will read from and sign copies of the her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Barnes & Noble, Morrison Boulevard.

A couple of weeks ago, I emailed Ahdieh a few questions. You can read her answers here.

Question: Do you find Charlotte conducive to writing?

I do! It's such a lovely city with such a wide array of people and cultures throughout it. I've been really pleased to see Charlotte continue to grow into what it's become today--a city that still clings to its hospitable southern roots but has the feel of a world-class metropolis on its horizon. It's very easy to find inspiration in a city with such beautiful parks and gorgeous neighborhoods and friendly people from all walks of life.

Do you belong to the Charlotte Writers Club?

Unfortunately, I do not, but I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators.

Are you in any local writing groups?

Not in any formal ones, but some of my dearest friends are writers in the Charlotte community. One is the lovely Joy Callaway, who writes historical women's fiction and has a fantastic novel coming out next year with Harper called “The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society.” Another is the amazing Carrie Ryan, who's a New York Times bestseller, several times over. I guess you could say I have a de facto writing group!

How many hours a day can you write?

As many as possible. Some days I can only manage an hour or so, and others it flows like running water. For me, writing is mostly about my mindset and my inspiration. When both are in sync, I can write completely ignorant of time.

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was a little girl. Mostly bad Nancy Drew fan fiction. But I began writing with a mind to get published about five years ago.