Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored.
Favorite place to write: My office, which has nothing in it but a desk, a mannequin (a bust form, not a creepy one with a head), and a printer. It’s very un-welcoming. I have to keep it this way so when a child/husband needs to interrupt me for something, they won’t want to stay long. I know it’s mean, but I have to use my limited writing time wisely. On the nicer side, I leave my door wide open.
Favorite snack while writing: I’m addicted to the Whole Foods version of Jordan almonds. They haven’t been in the store lately and I’m starting to worry that I bought them out indefinitely.
Favorite workout: Swimming. It used to be running, but I have the kind of bones that crumble and fracture with too much pounding so I started swimming on a Master’s Swim Team right after college. My team is comprised of LA County Lifeguards, ex-college swimmers, and me, who you’ll find way down in the end lanes, panting. It’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done.
Favorite new fitness trend: Barre class. I have an awesome teacher (Suzie Collis) who teaches a small group of women in her private studio. Barre is such a fun, feminine workout.
Favorite yoga pose: Warrior II. I’ve had teachers keep us in a Warrior II pose for two or three minutes. By that point, your legs are shaking so much that Chaturanga feels like a quick vacation get-away.
No. 1 tip to stay fit when you're in front of a computer every day: I know a lot of writers wake up really early to write, but I wake up really early to workout. I swim from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., then after I get my girls to school, I can start writing without feeling guilty about sitting for so long.
What's on your summer reading list? I’ve started I Love You Paris but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin, which is David Sedaris—hilarious. Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith is next on my list, and Bonjour 40 by Karen A. Chase is after that.
Fave summer read of all time: The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty. It’s just a great coming-of-age novel. I used to sleep with it under my pillow while I was writing Girl Unmoored and pray that some of its brilliantness would rise into my brain by some kind of muse-osmosis. Weird. But true.
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