'Where The Crawdads Sing' author Delia Owens

Sara talks about the best-settling book, Reese Witherspoon and more with Delia.
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Transcript for 'Where The Crawdads Sing' author Delia Owens
This month's choice for Sara's book report is "Where the crawdads sing." By Delia Owens. It's sold 1.8 million copies. And it's currently number one on "The New York Times's" bestselling list. Equally amazing this is 70-year-old Delia's debut novel. It tells the story of kya Clark a young girl abandoned by her family in the North Carolina marshes. It's a book about combatting loneliness and the amazing things humans can achieve and put to the test. It has captivated readers like myself all over the world. Please welcome Delia Owens. Thank you. I'm going to sit-hug you. Because it's such an honor. I said that when I first met you, this book was poignantly life-changing. But before we start with that, equally as important is our question of the day, okay? I have to ask you, are you having less sex because of Netflix or media? Tell me, Delia. We just met. Tell me about your sex life. This is the way I'll answer that question. I studied lions in the kalahari desert for over eight years and when a male and female lion are consorting they copulate more than a hundred times a day. So they don't have Netflix? Yes, that's life without Okay, okay, okay. I have to get to the book, because this might be one of the most life-changing books I have read in a long time. Thank you. This is a debut novel. This is your first book. How has your life changed? How are you handling the overnight success? I love it. I have no complaints. I really appreciate all the readers. I really appreciate and am very grateful to people like you who are showing it attention. I'm just honored. I'm so honored that people are loving the book. Well-deserved love. But you're also getting it from Reese Witherspoon who's going to make a movie out of it. Yes. Some days I pretend I'm Reese. Was it amazing meeting her? It was great meeting Reese. I went to L.A. And we had lunch together with some of the other people involved in the movie. Talked about the movie a lot. I felt like I have known her all my life. She's a southern girl. She says y'all. I say y'all. You bonded instanteously. What inspired you to finally write a novel at your stage of your life? It wasn't just I decided. I thought from a very early age I lived out in the bush. My mother was an outside girl. She was a great southern belle but she was an outside girl. She encouraged me to go as far as I could go with my friends to explore and to watch wildlife. She said, go way out yonder to where the crawdads sing. So the book is a bit of an homage? The title. Yes. Because I spent most of my life in the wilderness and I studied wildlife in Africa for years as I said. And one of the things that I learned in Africa that was so fascinating to me, in those species of mammals that live in groups, tightly bonded groups, like the pride of lions and the herds of elephants, the groups are made up only of females. The males leave their native group and they go from one group to the next for mating. Then my girlfriend said, you had to go to Africa to learn that males go from one group to the next for mating. We could have saved you some time on that flight. The point is, they're like girlfriends. I used to watch the pride of lions in the evenings with the females who had known each other all their lives. They would lie around and sleep with each other. I realized how much I missed my girlfriends at home and, as primates, human females have a strong genetic propensity to live in a group. Social interactions. Yes. I lived an isolated life for many years and I started realizing how much isolation and loneliness can change a person. Well, that's what you talk a lot about is the isolation and kya who's out in nature, the main character. The one character I have ever read that I considered having a baby to name after her. Her love of nature and the life that surrounds her if you're looking for it's right there. She befriended nature. She learned to survive in nature. She wasn't completely alone. There were other characters. She had to learn to survive a lot on her own. We came from the wild. If we studied the wilderness and learn nature, we can learn a lot about ourselves and that's what she learned. She learned -- kya teaches us that we can all do more than we think we can. I love her so much. Please tell me we won't have to wait another ten years for this book. I'm working on it now. I'm pretty busy at the moment. It's hard to write. I'm writing another one. Thank you. Please, because your book is a gift to the world. Okay, thank you for being here. Thank you so much. Delia's book "Where the crawdads sing" is available anywhere books are sold. You guys, seriously, if it's the one book you read it's life-changing. Get it.

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