India blogs about making books. And, um, some other stuff.
Occasionally Asked Questions
Is India your real name?
Yes. I’m named after my grandmother. It’s an old-fashioned Southern (U.S.) name. Grandma had at least two friends who shared her name, so it was like the “Jennifer” of the nineteen-oughts in Atlanta. In Gone with the Wind, Ashley Wilkes’s sister is named India; if I recall correctly, she doesn’t have much of a role in the movie, but in the book she’s rather unpleasant.
Are you from India?
No. I am a native New Yorker.
Are you Indian?
Like many persons of African descent in the U.S., I am a mix. The parts we know about for sure are Russian, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, and Native American (maybe Seminole?). In a word, American. My mother’s maternal grandmother did look very Native American, but, no, I’m not Indian in any way that explains my name in the slightest.
Have you ever been to India?
Nope. I have great affection for the country as a source of brilliance, beauty, fine cuisine, fun movies, and mangoes mangoes mangoes, but I have not visited and obviously never can do so because I would spend three-quarters of my trip trying to explain my name.
Is “Amos” pronounced “EY-mis” or “AH-mos”?
We call ourselves “EY-mis,” but with a name like mine, you learn to answer to pretty much anything.
Are you related to Famous Amos?
Yes, actually. Distantly.
So…what does one do, exactly, designing book interiors? Does one pick the fonts?