Debut novelist has earned her stripes

Liza Klaussmann spent ten years at the New York Times honing her writing skills before producing the hugely popular Tigers in Red Weather, writes Nadine O'Regan.

4th August, 2012
Liza Klaussmann: 'I write in the style of things I love to read'. Photo: Elizabeth Zeschin

"When your book gets out there, it doesn't belong to you any more," says Liza Klaussmann.

"Truman Capote said that finishing a book was like taking a child into the backyard and shooting it in the head. That's overly dramatic, but the analogy of the child works: you send your book out into the world."

Klaussmann laughs: "And when it gets criticised, you get defensive."

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