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Ask the Author Questions!

At long last I come back to these--I love answering and I hope we'll have another question round now that I'm on top of it again.

From mermaiden : Why do you tell stories?

I'm not sure I could do anything else. I used to answer that question flippantly, or with the poetry is the blood jet line from Sylvia Plath. But the thing is, since I was a kid, I did it. I remember being about 8 and disliking the way The Snow Queen ended and rewriting it to my liking (I believe Gerda got eaten by a reindeer and the Snow Queen lived happily ever after with the Robber Princess). But, on the other hand, I didn't write fiction for a really long time--well, really as defined by the fact that even right now I'm only 30--I wrote poetry. I tried to get it published without much luck. I wrote my first piece of fiction when I was 20, for an experimental writing class at UCSD (it, intact, is now the Galahad chapter of Under In the Mere). A little while later I wanted to write a book, but I wasn't close to ready.

Now, my brain makes stories of everything. Part of it is natural inclination, but part of it is a learned response to stimuli. I mean, we all like to talk about muses and inspiration, but the fact is you have to train your brain to narrative, to create narrative out of disparate parts. It's a training that starts early, and bears weird fruit whenever it pleases. But if you write enough books, psychic inertia will keep you writing books--this is a good thing. The other half of inertia is that objects in motion tend to stay in motion.

From qotcpcf : Are there any extra-special Fairyland related thingies planned for the month of September? B/c, y'know, it's September!

Ahem. Well, we were going to but everything got crazy. We wanted to have a contest to design a toy for the custom toy site posted here awhile back. But it turns out writing a novel in six weeks and a wedding to boot is too much.

From arkofeden : For you, do poetry and prose have different "roots" or methods of inspiration, or are they much the same apart from their appearance (verse vs. paragraphs)?

When reading The Labyrinth or your recent "Borges" Omikuji, I feel strongly as if those pieces could be turned directly into poems if they were only taken out of prose form and broken up into lines. The use of words seems very "poem-ish." But over time, your prose seems to have solidified into something less vague and wild, even though the word choice is still very creative. Hopefully this makes sense. :)


I've been thinking about this a lot lately, because the answer is "not really." Poetry comes from a less narrative place, more emotional, but the truth is I've made so many compromises with my prose in order to get published and stay published. It's kind of staggering, when I look at old work. I think, I think that the compromises are good ones, that they are learning ones, but part of me feels like I've betrayed my old writer-self. On the other hand, I still can't write anything, including Fairyland, that reviewers don't call "dense," "experimental," "not for everyone," or worry about its accessibility. So I don't know. I do know that I want to try new things with every book, to level up and grow, and I've already written The Labyrinth. I don't need or want to do it again.

From sunlit_music : How did the Marquess become so cruel, and where did she come from? (Hope asking 2 questions is OK!) ^_^

Hopefully this is answered now!

From natf : I am so sad that there does not seem to be an audio version of Fairyland Chapter IX because that means I will be unlikely to be able to finish the story which makes me sad…

Ok, I feel really bad about this. I just ran out of time. It takes hours to do an audio recording and I just totally failed on this front. We'll be filling them in over the winter. (If anyone wants to do an audio recording of a missing chapter and send it to me, I'll put it up with credit and send a wee Fairyland present to boot.)

Any other questions? ;)

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catvalente
Nov. 18th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Any mp3 is fine!

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