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Interviews | September 2, 2014 1 comment
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Dean KoontzDescribe your latest project.
The Darkest Evening of the Year is a suspense novel, a comic novel, a love story, a dog story, a story about the danger to your sanity posed by much twentieth-century literature, a story about the strange order that underlies chaos in both nature and the human experience, a story about loss and redemption, a story about hope and perseverance, a story about Marco the driving blind man and his co-pilot dog Antoine, a story about the meaningful patterns in our lives of which we often remain oblivious, a story about identity and how we become who we are, and a story about the wisdom of always having a Power-Pak II crematorium ready for your use.
Until I moved to Bantam Books, each time I delivered a new novel, my publishers would groan and say, "This isn't like your last book. We want each book like all the others; readers like to know exactly what they're getting. Why do you keep doing this to us? What genre is this? How are we supposed to label this?" By contrast, at Bantam, my publisher said, "Well, you do take the train out there where trains don't usually go, but I enjoy the ride." I've long believed that, in spite of conventional publishing wisdom, readers don't want the same book every time from a favorite writer, but want variety as long as they are gripped by the story and can hear the singular voice of that writer at work. So far it's worked for me. If one day readers change their minds, I guess I'll have to get real work.
Read an original essay by Dean Koontz.Writers are better liars than other people: true or false? Why, or not?
Generally speaking, most writers are not good liars. They are transparent when they lie. I think this is because so many of them confuse fiction and reality, whereas a good liar always needs to know when he is lying in order successfully to sell the lie.
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Comic novels can be as profound as and often more profound than the most serious literary and/or noir fiction. So herewith, Five Wonderful Comic Novels:
1) There Must Be a Pony by James Kirkwood
2) The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake
3) The Stainless-Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
4) Any Jeeves novel by P.G. Wodehouse
5) Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.