So, What’s Your Book About?

April 13th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

We do so enjoy the backstories at Backstory. If you’ve ever listened to an author describe their work and how they came up with the twists and turns of the plot, it sounds a little. . .well, there’s no good way to say this, it sounds crazy. Yet it always sounds so good on paper. The backstories lack the polish of cover copy and inherit just the right amount of dinner party conversation. Though we worry about the person sitting next to Joseph Finder when he starts down this path:

A lot of my books begin as dreams, sometimes just a fragment of a dream, little more than a feeling. PARANOIA started as dream about being trapped in a “glass tower” office building, being pursued by corporate security. COMPANY MAN started as a really disturbing dream in which police showed up at my house (notice any pattern here?), having been tipped off that there was a body entombed in the wall of my basement. (I think I read Edgar Allen Poe at too tender an age.)

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