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All About Lulu
Tome Raider
Tome Raider: Talk about your previous writing experience.
How did All About Lulu get its start? Was there an image or an episode that prompted you to write the book?
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you've read Lolita. Have you?
Catcher in the Rye
In what ways do you think All About Lulu is similar to Lolita?
You incorporate the work of a number of classical philosophers in the novel—specifically in the form of Will's college essays—but at times they seem irrelevant. What do you think is philosophy's role in All About Lulu?
In your opinion, how does Will Miller change across the course of the novel?
Twice in the novel, Will Miller refers to his own “black little heart” and his “dark little heart.” What do you mean by that? In what way is his heart black?
How serious is what Will did to Lulu?
You just said that Will isn't conscious of how he is hurting Lulu. But the novel seems to be dotted with moments of self-awareness, moments where Will says “I'm not proud of what I did.” How do you explain that?
Do you think that there is a moral dimension to Will's relationship with Lulu?
So ultimately Will and Lulu find out that they aren't just stepsiblings; rather, they're half-brother and half-sister. Talk about your decision to use that plot device.
Wuthering Heights
What's with the title? Is the novel really all about Lulu? Sometimes it doesn't seem that way.
How does the Hot Dog Heaven subplot fit into the fabric of the novel?
What about when Doug tells Will that he's gay? That caught me by surprise.
Now that you've had some time to reflect on the novel, what do you think are its greatest strengths?
Is there anything that you would have done differently?
So what are you working on now?
West of Here
What's the plot?
Come on, just a teaser?