What inspired your book, Mathieu?
Mathieu actually came to me in a dream one night and told me his story. It was
about ten years ago and there was something about the intensity of this story that
made me get up and write down the concept. I ran the idea past my writing group
the next day and they loved it.
They like to tease me and say that I specialize in writing damaged people and
Mathieu does fit the bill.
How long have you been publishing your work?
Mathieu is my first novel. I sold my first story to an online magazine, First Watch,
about five years ago. I have a Livejournal—which I really should get back to—that
has most of my comedic writing. That’s under “Crevette”. With everyone and their
pets—but especially employers and coworkers—online, I am a little more paranoid
about what I put out there now.
What does your writing environment look like?
Truth be told, it’s kind of eclectic and wherever I can get some time to myself. I’ve
been known to sit in work meetings and outline stories or write scenes that are
rolling around in my head (I’ve been complimented on my attention to detail and
assiduous notetaking. Little do they know!).
At home, I might be sitting in bed working for a while, or I might be at the dining
room table. I like to get together with my writing group once a week at a coffee
shop to get a few hours away from the house.
Do you have any routines to help you write?
I’m horrible about this, actually. In order for me to feel comfortable about writing, I
have to get everything else out of the way. I work in a high
stress job, and I always
bring work home. After that I try to spend time with my family, but I’m usually
brain-dead. I feel guilty about making time for me or for writing, which I shouldn’t at
all but I do.
The thing that works best for me—besides alcohol--is starting to research
something. With Mathieu, I started working on the locations and that led me to the
next question: Where was he from? When was he from? What did he do? What
would he have worn? What would his social standing been and how would that
work in with his personality and his viewpoint? Then I start connecting the dots
into a framework and using a variety of things to flesh out the story.
All I have to say is thank all the gods for the internet. I’m able to find houses from
realty sites that have interior photos and floor plans. I’m able to use Google Earth to
see what the streets are like, or what the surrounding area holds. I can look at
people’s photos from various locations and actually see what places look like to
someone actually there. I researched every location in the book and they all exist,
from his mountain hideaway to the house in upstate New York.
IRENE FERRIS wanted to be an archaeologist paleontologist astronaut when she grew up. Instead, life pushed her into insurance claims to expiate her past life sins. Obviously, she was a horrible person. Writing dulls the pain, has fewer calories than alcohol and is (mostly) completely legal.
She lives the dream in the humid paradise that is Florida with her exceptionally patient husband, daughter, and two extremely stupid cats. She is well on her way to her retirement goal of being a crazy cat lady. All she needs is thirty-seven more cats.
Author’s Twitter: @crevette32
Publisher’s Twitter: @RobynLaneBooks