1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into a book? This book was inspired by the many inroads in recent years on the ideal of a free press being vital to a free society, and the questions raised by how uncritical minds can be as easily influenced by selective truths as by direct lies. It's a satire as well as a psychological thriller.
2. What is it about and who is it for? Jeff Paine is a failed newspaperman whose girlfriend has gone missing, and in a bid to bring police attention to her case, he successfully frames himself for her murder.
3. What do you hope the reader will be left with after reading it? For some of the characters, the book is an unsolved mystery, but the reader will have been given all the facts to know exactly what really happened to Ada Grigori and at whose hands. I hope in examining the text and the narrator, the reader also examines herself and how she arrives at what she considers truth from the facts she collects.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? I don't give advice to writers. I'm a searcher of wisdom, not a dispenser of it.
5. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? We were swinging back toward a greater emphasis on print books when the pandemic hit, and then many people relied heavily on ebooks to help them navigate the long and lonely lockdown. It will be interesting to see how that continues to evolve. I think not just academics but the public at large are looking a reading not only as an escape but as a way to deliberately and actively enlarge their perspective. Hopefully art will continue to reveal to us our common humanity and our uncommon beauties.
6. What challenges did you overcome to write this book? This was the first book I wrote as a full-time effort. I call myself a method writer, as I basically live from the protagonist's perspective while writing. Living as Jeff, I was pasting up cut-out bits of newspaper all over my studio and seeing connections between every random bit of news or information that crossed my desk, till the whole world became a mad cobweb. It's impossible to get Jeff out of your mind once he worms his way in, so even four years and another four novels later, he speaks to me still.
7. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? According to other readers, Bury The Lead is an unforgettable story that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned and forever alter the way you read the world. It's an experimental work from an increasingly fragmented mind, so there are few other books like it on the market.
About The Author:
Cassondra Windwalker is the poet of the full-length collections tide tables and tea with god and The Almost-Children, as well as the author of several novels, including Bury The Lead, Preacher Sam, and Idle Hands. She has lived in the South, the Midwest, and the West, and presently writes full-time from the Frozen North. She keeps company mostly with ghosts, literary characters, unwary wild animals, and her tolerant husband. For more information, please see: www.cassondrawindwalker.com
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