“I have a hard time writing. Most writers have a hard time writing. I have a harder time than most because I’m lazier than most. … I would have made a perfect heiress. I enjoy lounging. And reading. The other problem I have is fear of writing. The act of writing puts you in confrontation with yourself, which is why I think writers assiduously avoid writing." ~Fran Lebowitz”—http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/
For this edition of “I sold my NaNoWriMo novel!” I interviewed Pete Twohig, whose 2009 NaNo-novel, The Cartographer, was just acquired by HarperCollins.Pete lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where some of the world’s best surfing may be had, rides a Moto Guzzi California, and writes full-time.
Can you tell us a little bit about The Cartographer and where the concept for the novel came from?
The Cartographer is the story of a 10-year-old boy, and is set in inner (working class) Melbourne in 1958. The boy witnesses a murder and is seen by the killer. Though he knows the murderer may be out there looking for him, he is compelled to continue his explorations. His solution is to draw a map of the route to the murder house, to take on future explorations, to help him to avoid the place. As his explorations increase, so does the map, with which he becomes obsessed. His obsession, and his compulsion to explore, soon get him into serious trouble. His solution is to reinvent himself as a series of superheroes: The Cartographer, Railwayman, and The Outlaw. In desperation, he finally adopts the persona of his recently deceased twin, for whose death he feels responsible. The boy tells the story himself, and weaves the story with a tangle of references to 1950s music, radio and TV drama, movies, comics, and pop culture.
The concept came to me suddenly while I was out on my motorbike in April of last year. I wrote a one-page synopsis, then put it aside because I was working on another novel (which I finished on October 31).
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