My own personal Fforde Ffiesta continues this week, counting down to the publication of One of Our Thursdays is Missing on March 8th. Below is part 1 of an interview with Jasper Fforde supplied to me by his publishers. To be perfectly clear, I was not the person having this conversation with Jasper, but I very much enjoyed reading it. I wanted to share the interview, and I thank my good friends in Viking's publicity department for allowing me to do so. Part 2 of this interview will be posted to the blog next week.
One final note: Readers who would prefer to go into this latest novel blind may want to read the interview after reading One of Our Thursdays is Missing.
A CONVERSATION WITH JASPER FFORDE (PART 1)
Q: In our last chat, you mentioned working on One of Our Thursdays is Missing, and here we are, and Thursday Next is indeed missing. Why make her disappear?
The way I approach most of my stories is by setting myself a challenge and then see what happens. In the past, I have attempted to show how a teenager can save the world by doing nothing (First Among Sequels), what would happen if society were obsessed by visual colour (Shades of Grey), or even how the Three Bears’ porridge could be at radically different temperatures when it was poured at the same time (The Fourth Bear). It’s a form of narrative gymnastics that is great fun, and opens the doors to all sorts of interesting plot devices, switches, and turns. It makes one utilize a certain ingenuity to circumvent narrative problems, too. Great fun.
Q: Tell us a little about your new proxy heroine, the written Thursday. What makes her special, or capable? Clearly there’s a lot to live up to…
Q: The Bookworld, here, has been “remade,” and it’s a startling process we witness at the beginning of the novel. Why, and how, have things changed in Thursday’s world?
To be continued...