"The Andalucian Friend," by Alexander Soderberg

Malin Lauterbach ,Random House
The Andalucian Friend, Alexander Soderberg
Malin Lauterbach, Random House

Jeff Glor talks to Alexander Soderberg about "The Andalucian Friend."

Jeff Glor: What inspired you to write the book?

Alexander Soderberg: I had an idea that I wanted to evolve. It started off as a TV-script. But I soon felt that the story was bigger than a script and needed some room to expand. I wanted to paint with more colors than were available for television, in a way. It was great fun to spin out the narrative full blast, building a universe around the characters, and allowing them to live their own lives.

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

AS: Time. How important time is when you write. To have the time to put away your work for a while, let the story rest and take a look at it with new fresh eyes. When I wrote "The Andalucian Friend," no one knew about the book. I had time on my side.

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

AS: I've taken up horseback riding in the last few years and actually own a horse--a gelding called Quickstep. I'd probably spend all my time with him, trying to win him over (we have a love/hate relationship: I love him, but he hates me).

JG: What else are you reading right now?

AS: At the moment I'm working on my next book, and I don't read much when I work. Just magazines, mostly. I like The Economist and, of course, Your Horse, a British equestrian magazine. The last book I read was "The Good Soldiers" by David Finkel. Laying on my bedside table, tempting me, is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.

JG: What's next for you?

AS: I'm working on a sequel to "The Andalucian Friend."

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