Buna seara tuturor! Zilele trecute am gasit o carte tare interesanta pe Goodreads. Mi-a placut atat de mult descrierea incat am hotarat sa ii trimit un mail autoarei. Stiti cat sunt de obsedata dupa cartile cu pericol, apocalipse si altele de genul asta. Autoarea a fost atat de draguta incat nu doar mi-a raspuns la intrebari ci a vrut si sa ofere doua copii ale cartii ei. Exaaact! Va fi si un concurs, ce va avea doi castigatori si fiecare va primi o copie a cartii "The Listeners" de Harrison Demchick in varianta electronica.
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Thank you Harrison!!
Before the plague, and the
quarantine, fourteen-year-old Daniel Raymond had only heard of the Listeners.
They were a gang, or at least that's what his best friend Katie's police
officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters--deadly men
clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears.
That's what Daniel had heard. But he didn't know.
He didn't know much in those early days. He didn't know how the plague began,
but then, no one did. The doctors and emergency medical personnel said it was
airborne, and highly contagious. They said those infected became distorted both
inside and out, and very, very dangerous.
Then the helicopters came and took the doctors away, and no one said much of
anything after that.
Except the police officers. They said they'd provide food and order, in
exchange for guns and, ultimately, anything else they felt like taking.
Daniel's mother went out for toilet paper. She never came back. He hasn't heard
from Katie since the phones went dead. And with his real family gone and
surrogate family unreachable, Daniel, scared and alone, has nothing except the
walls of his apartment, the window shattered, the poisonous air seeping in.
That's when the Listeners arrive. Derek, the one-eared man with the big,
soulful eyes, promises protection, and hope, and the choice not to sit alone
and wait to die in some horrific way. He offers a brotherhood under the watch
of their leader, the prophet Adam. He offers a place in the world to come.
A harrowing work of literary horror, The Listeners, Harrison Demchick's
electrifying debut, is a dark and terrifying journey into loneliness,
desperation, and the devastating experience of one young boy in a world gone mad
What inspires you? Do you have a special place where you enjoy
I don’t know that I could say what
inspires me. I don’t tend to seek out things to write about, and when I do
have an idea I’m rarely entirely sure of where it came from—or if I am,
it’s not any one thing in particular. There are weird things going on in
my head and I’ve never quite been able to explain it.
As far as a particular place where I enjoy writing—well, typically it’s my
room. It can be elsewhere, but what I mostly need to write is relative
silence. I like writing someplace isolated and peaceful, where I can
devote my full attention to what I’m doing.
We know inspiration can come any time, in any place. Could you
tell your fans when and where you had the great idea for your book?
Well, The Listeners began as a series of interconnected
short stories back in the summer of 2005, when I was heading into my
senior semester at Oberlin
College. I don’t
know exactly where the overall concept came from, but I know I wanted a
common scenario through which these different characters’ stories could
exist, and that became the quarantined borough.
As for the Listeners themselves, the one-eared cult at the center of the
book, that came from an article I’d read about someone cutting off, I
think, their thumb. I don’t recall the details of the article, and I don’t
know why the thumb was removed—I’m pretty sure there wasn’t anything
ceremonial to it—but it started me thinking about the ceremonial removal
of a body part. Eventually, I decided it should be the right ear, because
there was a lot of potential symbolism in that—and that sounds like a
cop-out writer’s answer, I know, but ritual is founded on symbolism. The
Listeners emerged from there—and maybe that, too, contributed to the
overall concept, because I needed a situation in which the Listeners could
not only exist, but thrive.
I heard that sometimes, writers tend to create characters that are
more or less based on real-life people. Did you inspire from reality ?
I did a little bit. Most of the
characters in The Listeners are
not consciously based on anyone, but two are. The protagonist of the novel
is Daniel, and his best friend, Katie, is based on my own best friend. The
relationship between the two of them is based heavily on our relationship,
although Daniel and Katie, at fourteen, are a lot younger than Beth and I
were when we met. So it follows that Daniel is based a little bit on me.
He’s different in a lot of ways, but the introversion and love of comic
books are definitely familiar.
Let’s say it’s the end of the world ( since 21 december it’s
closer and closer ). You have the possibility to only save 3 books. Which books
would you save?
It’s actually 21 December today as I
answer this, and I am pleased to report that I’m still here, and hopefully
you are as well!
But if the world did come to an end and I could only save three books,
well, the first one would be The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy. This is cheating, because
that’s actually five books, but if the world is over I’ll want quite a bit
of Douglas Adams to keep me company. Next, I’d save the Spider-Man graphic novel Fearful Symmetry: Kraven’s
Last Hunt, written by J. M.
DeMatteis and illustrated by Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod. It’s my very
favorite comic book story—actually, it’s pretty much the best book I’ve
ever read in any genre—and I read my first copy so often I wore it out and
had to buy a new one. Hopefully, post-apocalypse, my current version would
last a little longer.
The third book is tricky. I think
I’d pick a very, very large book of short stories I haven’t read yet. That
way, there’s still at least some new writing to discover after the world
When did you first realise you like to write? It’s a passion you
had since you were a child or it was something developed during your life?
I’ve always been writing. I actually
still have the first story I ever wrote. It’s from kindergarten, and it’s
about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was writing what I considered to
be books in third grade. It wasn’t until I was thirteen or fourteen that I
knew writing was something I would want to do professionally—actually, it
wasn’t until then that it occurred to me that writing is something one could do professionally—but I can’t remember
a time when I wasn’t writing.
Since a lot of us might have a dream of writing their own book
someday, what king of advice would you give them?
There is all kinds of advice I could
give, but the most important is surely this: Edit. In my day job, I’m a
book editor, and that’s how I’ve made my living for the last seven years.
Writing is a lot of fun, but it’s also very hard work, and a lot of that
work comes during the editing process—the time when you may well discover
that what you wrote falls apart halfway through, or your most important
plot point doesn’t make sense, or, for whatever reason, you pretty much
need to start all over again.
I tend to say that the difference between a writer and an author is
editing. It’s that drive and willingness to improve upon what you’ve
created that results in a book worth publishing. Every writer needs an
editor, and every writer needs to be willing to make major changes after
that first draft.
Is being a writer what you wish you’ll be for the rest of your
life? And…if you could turn back time, would you choose a different life
for you? Maybe a different job?
I certainly hope I reach a point
where I’m able to make a living as a writer. I don’t know if that’s
necessarily as a novelist, as I also write screenplays, and I would love
to write comics. But I would also never want to give up editing. I love
editing, almost as much as I love writing.
So I don’t know what different life I could or would choose, or what other
job I could want. I love what I do. Every day, I get to work with books,
and usually fiction at that. When I was a five year old living in my
imagination, if someone had suggested that I’d be able to do that as an
adult, I would have been thrilled, and rightly so.
If you could chose one person( someone famous, someone loved,
etc.) to read your book and tell you their honest opinion about it, who
would that person be?
You know, I’ve never thought about
that. If someone famous liked my book, I’d rather they tell everyone than just me. I honestly don’t know,
though. There are a lot of writers I admire and it would be great to know
from them that I’m on to something here, but I didn’t write The
Listeners to get the approval of
anyone in particular. People seem to be enjoying the book, and that’s good
enough for me.
Since this is the last question, it’ll be one nice and
..”delicious”. If you could turn your book in something you could eat,
what would it be?
I would turn The Listeners into a banana. Because I hate bananas.
If The Listeners was a banana, I
would never be tempted to eat it. I don’t want to eat my own book!