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"My Education," by Susan Choi

Penguin Group, Adrian Kinloch
My Education, Susan Choi
Penguin Group, Adrian Kinloch

Jeff Glor talks to Susan Choi about, "My Education."

Jeff Glor: What inspired you to write the book?

Susan Choi: I wanted to write a book about reckless youth -- and about hopefully outgrowing it.

JG: What surprised you the most during the writing process?

SC: I was constantly surprised by the directions the plot took. I don't work with an outline, I start with characters and a situation, and so the plot developments were as surprising to me as I hope they will be to readers.

JG: What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

SC: Great question! It's hard to know what I would actually be doing in a parallel life in which I'm not a writer, but I can tell you that I often fantasize about some sort of job that would combine time outdoors in a beautiful place with doing something good for the world. Wildlife conservation? Tree-planting? Maybe that'll be my 'second act.'

JG: What else are you reading right now?

SC: I'm tearing through Anne Enright's most recent novel, "The Forgotten Waltz."

JG: What's next for you?

SC: Writing-wise, I'm not sure yet. It usually takes me quite a lot of floundering around before I have a new idea. In the meantime I'll be teaching, and helping my kids navigate first and fourth grades -- and maybe reorganizing the closets.

For more on "My Education," visit the Penguin Group website.

  • Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor was named anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" in January 2012 and Special Correspondent for "CBS This Morning" in November 2011.