Jessica Lahey, left, of Charlotte, Vt., and KJ Dell’Antonia, of Lyme, N.H., prepare to record their podcast #AmWriting on Dec. 21, 2018 in Lyme. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
LYME — It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say that KJ Dell’Antonia and Jessica Lahey are winging it. Both women pull out pages of notes as they meet in a hastily tidied upstairs office in Dell’Antonia’s sprawling, well-appointed farmhouse to record the latest episode of their podcast. Both, too, are distinguished writers who know their way around an interview.
Still, there’s a sense of breezy spontaneity in the room, a feeling that unrestrained curiosity is in the driver’s seat, as they chat via Skype with Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson, A Rather Haunted Life, on a recent Friday afternoon.
They want to dive deep into the life and work of the inimitable Jackson. But they’re also hungry for the nitty gritty and unafraid to ask the questions more self-conscious hosts might deem banal.