This week, we could use a little help from the Spirit of Christmas Past, because we’re talking about spending time with (long dead) authors we love. Have you ever wanted to ask Franz Kafka if if drugs played any role in the writing of The Metamorphosis or do you want to know if Mary Shelley would be awesome to party with? (‘Cause I am SURE she would be.)
This week we’re talking about interviewing our literary heroes even if they’re dead.
Last week’s winner? Beth B.!!!
This week my guests will share their answers with us, and you, gentle readers, can giveÂ yourÂ answer to my question in the comment section below. I’ll choose one random person from the comments and reward them with an ebook surprise, it’s that simple!
Tell me what your answer to today’s question would be in the comments, and you could win an e-book!
This weeks question is:Â If you could interview long-dead authors, who would youÂ invite?
Rueful, most vexed, that tender skin
Should accept so fell a wound,
He stamped and cracked stalks to the ground
Which had caused his dear girl pain.
– Sylvia Plath, âBucolicsâ (http://www.internal.org/Sylvia_Plath/Bucolics)
During the holiday season, it seems a bit morbid to be focusing on dark works, but Iâve been told many times I possess a dark side. When Z.A. Maxfield posed the question about interviewing long-dead authors, I immediately thought of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who wrote the haunting short story âThe Yellow Wallpaper.â
Growing up with a mother who suffered from mental illness, I supposed affects my early inspirations. Plath deals with depression through The Bell Jar, and poetry. The language of âBucolicsâ is brisk and shocking. Likewise, Gilman wrote about a woman slowly losing her mind, until the reader cannot discern the insanity from reality. – Author Louisa Bacio
I recently sent a short story to RWA for possible inclusion in their first ever anthology. I donât know yet whether it will be accepted for the book and I wonder if it is the only MM story they received. Itâs entitled Flying in the Face of Convention and I wonder if Wilde and Byron would like it. At the very least, I imagine it would be a spirited conversation if we were to discuss it together!
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