In unserer Reihe „Fragen Sie den Autor“ beantworten heute
– Joe R. Lansdale
– Laura Lippman
– Katy Munger und
– Alan Dean Foster
In dem halbstündigen Interview beim Reading and Writing Podcast spricht Joe R. Lansdale über seine Jugend, seine Arbeit und die Zukunft des Buchmarktes.
Laura Lippman nimmt sich für die Bat Segundo Show eine ganze Stunde Zeit und spricht über
satire and gentle fun, shaking the “serious is better” notion, Thomas Pynchon, being true to voice, the problems with the word “ballsy,” writing effrontery, Janet Maslin’s overanalysis of Life Sentences, the value of the red herring, the benefits of found opportunities, the problems with plans, Portnoy’s Complaint, creating deflections for the reader, the Oz books and the Nome King, Philip Roth’s Zuckerman, overworking sentences, the joys of dashes, Emily Dickinson, smarmy memoirs, reading the entire book aloud at 40 pages per day, writing a book a year, following instructions, William Gibson, editing as “deboning a fish,” Lippman’s work ethic as a saving grace, racist perceptions, generalizations, and the older generation in Baltimore, the fallibility of memory, the purpose of memoir, Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty, making stuff up, basing a novel on true crime, the ethics of taking from real-life stories, responding to email, investigative journalism and amateurism, faking it, and losing sight of the victims over the course of fiction or investigation.
Katy Munger (die Casey-Jones-Serie) verrät Sarah Weinman, warum sie nach der langen Pause ihr neues Buch „Desolate Angel“ als Chaz McGee veröffentlicht:
I think the biggest reas on is I use pen names is that I have always been very sensitive (perhaps overly sensitive) to the covenant between author and reader when it comes to a series. You promise them certain characters, a certain tone, a certain outlook on life. And all three of my series are as different from one another as they could be! I just wanted readers to know that. Beyond that, I’m thinking this is probably a symptom of the way I tend to compartmentalize my life, certain friends in one corner, other friends in another, the different hats I wear. Maybe I just like re-inventing myself and not being typecast. Or maybe I’m just a pain in the ass. (Let’s not take a vote on that.)
Alan Dean Foster spricht bei Book Spot Central über seinen neuen Flinx-Roman (die erscheinen bei Bastei-Lübbe) und über seinen jüngsten Filmroman „Terminator: Salvation“ (Terminator: Die Erlösung):
I was asked to do the novelization less than a year before the film came out. This is fairly typical of studios and production teams, who don’t seem to realize that publishers like to have a year or so between the time a book is finished and they can put it out in stores. It drives publishers nuts, as you can imagine. It generally takes me about a month to do a novelization, though I have done some in as little as two weeks. And I agreed to do it because…writing is what I do. I like to think that, as a professional, I can make a decent book out of anything. Good scripts are easy to adapt. Bad ones are a challenge.