Giving People What They Want: A. Natasha Joukovsky on Her Debut Novel
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In this episode, A. Natasha Joukovsky (The Portrait of a Mirror) joins us to talk about working in the corporate world while writing her novel, funding her own writing retreat to France, her favorite types of books, the world of management consulting, Proust, and more!
From the episode:
I’m really interested in psychological novels. The historical novels that I’m drawn to—Edith Wharton, Henry James, Jane Austen, George Eliot—they’re all intensely interested in understanding the human mind, and what people think, and what other people think about them. At the end of the day, it’s about human desire. It’s about what people want.
A. Natasha Joukovsky holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She spent five years in the art world, working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before pivoting into management consulting. The Portrait of a Mirror is her debut novel. She lives in Washington, D.C.