In part two of This Writing Life's podcast with Anna Smaill, we negotiate photographers, noises in RIBA and publicists to discuss her soon-to-be Man Booker longlisted debut novel, The Chimes.
We began by talking about the taunting idea of the 'genius' and the tragedy of falling short. After mocking This Writing Life's mobile phone, Smaill then moved on to:
the glories and downsides of genius
'I should probably say, I never actually thought I was a genius'
did The Chimes address Smaill's own musical background?
from Young Adult to something else: the writing process of The Chimes
hearing the voice of her hero, Simon
what Simon and Smaill have in common
what was the challenge of writing fiction
'That sense of mystery animated it throughout'
the (quasi-pseudo ) inspiration for 'Onestory', music as a form of social control
Vladimir Gavreau, Infrasound and sonic weaponary
music and control in Tokyo
chaos, order and the problems of being an individual
leaving home and Smaill's return to New Zealand
New Zealand and the Man Booker: Hulme and Catton
Eleanor Catton and controversy
the state of the arts in New Zealand
can a novel set in New Zealand break out internationally
living with a novelist - Smaill on her husband, the writer Carl Shuker
Read Anna Smaill on her Man Booker nomination: here.