Elizabeth Hand Interview

Author and Bookslut correspondent Jeff Vandermeer interviewed Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss for the latest issue of Bookslut. I found it fascinating, especially this part:

I had a hard time creating Cass — she’s me if my brake lines had been cut when I was in my early 20s. I hated being in her mind, because it was like channeling the worst possible version of myself. A lot of her early experiences were mine — at 21, I was not a good role model.

Still, there was something deeply cathartic about just giving that character her head and letting her run with it. I have friends who are still a lot more like Cass than I am, and, I have to confess, I have some admiration for a certain kind of recklessness and hunger for experience that I’m far too cautious to indulge in now, except through my writing.

I loved and hated Cass. She’s that person you know who has what you think is a good heart, but a fucked up personality. Every now and then though you question their heart after they do something really questionable. I think a lot of people feel this way about themselves too, wishing they could take more chances, but not having the balls. That’s one of things I loved about this book, was loving and hating Cass.

On a side note, Elizabeth Hand will be reading at my store on May 23rd.

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