citizen michael: the novelist

Posted on March 30, 2006



shortcut talks to michael scott moore, berlin contributor and budding novelist

1. You’re a writer because….?

Not writing depresses me.

2. Your first novel "Too much of nothing" – how did the book come into existence?

The book started with a memory. One scene in the novel, where two kids chop down a tree, is semi-autobiographical. Everything spun from that. Soon I had a story about two delinquents in California that would make a pretty good satire of American counterculture, especially if I pushed it — which is why one kid, the narrator, winds up dead. I had no idea until my manuscript was making the rounds in New York that someone else had a book with a ghost narrator. That was The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.

3. Ich bin ein Berliner – does that apply to you by now?

"I am a jelly donut." Yes.

4. Role models? Or do you recommend not having any?

Robertson Davies and Julian Barnes have their fingerprints all over Too Much of Nothing. Davies’ second-to-last book is Murther and Walking Spirits, and that’s where I got the ghost-narrator idea. But he pulls it off a lot better than me (or Alice Sebold), mainly because he really believed in ghosts. I don’t.

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