Years ago, Janet Fitch's gorgeous White Oleander
knocked Oprah's socks off, and when her long-awaited second novel, Paint It Black,
came out, the writer talked about the nuts, bolts, and bolts of lightning of writing and how "in our imaginations, we can be anyone." Listen In
I first talked with Janet Fitch in 1999, the year I chose her debut novel, White Oleander
, for my book club. Page after page, I fell in love with a story that deeply moved me, and vivid passages that described the sky as the color of peaches and compared sorrow to the taste of a copper penny. So last summer, when I heard someone in my office say, "I was reading the advance copy of Janet Fitch's new novel...," I practically leaped on the phone to request my own copy from the publisher. Paint It Black,
set in 1980 in punk-rock Los Angeles, comes out this month. Before I dug in, I gave Janet a call. Start reading Oprah's interview with Janet Fitch Note: This interview appeared in the September 2006 issue of
O, The Oprah Magazine.