Brunswick, MEUSA 04011
August 13, 2014
I write to fiddle with people’s minds and ideas, to put unlikely-to meet people together in extreme situations and see where things go. I admire Pierre Boulle’s play with cultures (He wrote the original Planet of the Apes and Bridge on the River Kwai) and I imitate his way of writing a novel like a short story: no slack lines, everything taut. I don’t write vampires, zombies, sexual abuse, but cannibals? I like cannibals, kindly ones who slaughter humanely and get stud fees for lending out their (human) boars, think it’s funny for their livestock to (ha ha, imagine!) get married, and to even think they’re human. Mm hmm. I like to stretch ideas firmly and gently until the reader will believe almost anything I put on the page. In otherwords, I write to manipulate the reader’s mind. Every story should be a TRIP.
Born in Maine, I grew up everywhere else, mostly on the East Coast, Japan, Denmark (Europe, not Maine). Maine is home, and I’ve lived here most of my adult life, a journalist/folklorist/anthropologist/ historian in mind and education.
It was interesting to be in a mostly male critique group. Very different from all women and probably less organized but invigorating!