What Is That All About? (One way that novels begin)

Some writers work by plotting their entire narrative, characters included; others proceed in a more rough, intuitive fashion à la Kurt Vonnegut, who would have no more than a phrase or image in mind when he began. He tells the story of the barge he saw one evening in New York harbour, on its deck a number of men in dark suits. He then wrote a novel in order to find out just what was their business there. In similar fashion, I found my dream of a brightly lit and artistically arranged fridge interior at the top of an Edgar Allen Poe staircase sufficiently intriguing to put my (literal) pen to paper and find out what was that all about? Only, in my case, the detective character I created for the purpose ended up tackling much more substantial and significant issues … More to come


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