Friday, August 14, 2020

Q&A with Tommy Butler

From my Q&A with Tommy Butler, author of Before You Go: A Novel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

I hope the title does two things. First, I hope the word “You” draws the reader into the book in a personal way, because this story—particularly the Before and After vignettes that are told in the second person—is indeed meant to be about you, that is, about being human. And second, I hope the title as a whole evokes both the fleetingness of life and, more importantly, what we do with it before it ends.

What's in a name?

Given how much I agonize over choosing my characters’ names, I guess I have to say “an awful lot.” When it comes to fiction, I can’t agree with the Bard about a rose smelling as sweet by another name. There are some pragmatic reasons why names matter to me...[read on]
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Q&A with Tommy Butler.

--Marshal Zeringue