J.ELLIS wrote:FOLLOWUP: I guess that can have an adverse affect on someone, it’s interesting that you chose one of Kurasawa’s most personal films as your favourite. Many people seemed to not understand it as it wasn’t particularly straightforward. Do you try to create the same sense of openness in your stories, letting the reader’s imagination decipher the piece rather then laying it out for them?
Hmm, I may still be too young and naive to effectively pull that off without seeming pretentious. I think that with Dreams, the stories are open-ended for the audience, but certainly not for the creator.
In short, yes, I love to let the reader's imagination take the material farther than I have. In fact, if I haven't done something to imply a story bigger than the text itself, I think I've failed. For now, though, I'm just concentrating more on the fundamentals of good storytelling. Without fully understanding the mechanics of it, I don't feel I can be good at turning it on its head.
J.ELLIS wrote:FOLLOWUP: What the current schedule for FLIGHT? One volume per year? Six months, eight months, etc?
It is currently being published at a yearly schedule.
J.ELLIS wrote:FOLLOWUP: You mentioned wanting to create children’s material that wasn’t condescending, which seems to be the biggest problem with writings directed towards younger readers, even something like Harry Potter, the most successful children book series in a long time, falls prey to being quite formulaic. How do you avoid falling prey to the same pratfalls or clichés?
I actually have no problems with formulas. They can even be very helpful. The condescending aspect of the storytelling comes when there is an obvious disconnect between the author and a young reader. I don't feel the Harry Potter books fall prey to this very often, since I can tell that J.K. Rowling does genuinely care for her young readers, and wants to teach them about life while talking to them on the level.
When I create a story, I usually think about that one cynical kid in the back of the classroom, who usually has a vicious distaste for anything that isn't genuine, and I write for him. Luckily, when I was a kid, that was me.