Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Synopsis: On the surface, "Lie" is about a group of four women who go on a getaway to a cottage to help one of their own through a life-changing problem.
Underneath the bridge, "Lie" is an attack on bland female characters in modern fiction.
Wherever you look, it'll be a lot of fun.
In alphabetical order...
Quinevere Ainsworth is the one with the problem. Under normal circumstances, she's quiet but with the right accident, this white-haired comic book geek can be quite the companion.
Fantine Karoly is quiet under pretty much all circumstances. In her defense, she's a rather shy teen. She'd much prefer to watch films or let her mind drift to faerie folk. Her aunt, however, wants her out of her shell and feels that this getaway will do her a world of great.
Veronique Karoly is a middle-aged woman with no regrets. Save for how her niece acts sometimes. She's done it all in life, and sometimes twice. The only thing she loves more than Fantine is being a woman.
Idette Rudelle has known Quinevere for most of her almost-30 years being alive. Although she's younger, she's the protector of the two. A bit like those tiny dogs that are cuddly with the ones they like, and insanely... chompy around everyone else. Except she's obviously not a dog and I've never seen a ginger pooch.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
“Lie” came to me through two very different sparks in the dark. One was me being dissatisfied with the lack of female characters in modern fiction, or just fiction, who weren’t at all like the women I’ve known and know. They either fall into a stereotype or fall into a larger stereotype, or just weren’t that interesting. I enjoy flowery prose and have written my fair share, but I see no reason why female characters can’t have the same personality and dialogue freedoms as male characters. The two genders aren’t nearly as different as they think. Apart from the obvious bits.
The other spark came from a film trailer. I was three chapters into another novel at the top of the year, then I watched a trailer of a remake. The original film is one very close to my cineaste heart, so you can imagine my reaction. I was SO angry that I threw out the novel I was working on (that I plan on returning to someday) and started writing what became “Lie”. What was that remake? I’ll tell you at a Q&A.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
It took away half of my year! But seriously, it reminded me that I could do something as massive as committing to writing a novel and all the ups/downs that come with it. It showed me that I have the creative stamina that’ll last at least 200 pages. That’ll translate to all of my other creative endeavors. And they are many.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
There’s something that happens in the last third that was the most difficult to justify, and I stuck with it because it was my main reason for writing “Lie”. My initial idea was to make the cause more external, something to do with the environment of the area “Lie” takes place. As it got closer to writing the last third, the reason kept getting smaller and smaller, but more and more personal to the characters. Finally, I had my breakthrough and it involved someone I didn’t imagine ever becoming a character because NO ONE makes this a character. What made it particularly precious is that the character’s motivation comes from a VERY personal place, which was great.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
I thought it’d be interesting for the print edition to write a few short stories with the four gals, but I’m done with them outside of “Lie”. Plenty of stories left in me, just not with them. Besides, methinks I’ve done all I could with them, and you’ll understand why on page 200.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I’ve started reading a biography of Oscar Wilde written by Richard Ellman. At least until a particular “Doctor Who” info book comes in, but I should be finished with everyone’s favorite gay Irishman by then.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
I’ve started planning a film with a friend that will address and tear down the discomfort with homosexuality. I’m not gay, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t address how weird it is for people to be afraid. Before anyone thinks it’ll be an after-school special, I have to point out that one of the characters is an alien. So it’s more of a Saturday morning cartoon. Besides that, I’m working on music and planning more stories while self-promoting “Lie”.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you say “pineapple” as someone’s about to sneeze, they won’t sneeze.
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