In part two of Bill Clegg's chat with This Writing Life's podcast, we begin with the trauma (a house fire on the night before a wedding) that propels his debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family? ----more----From there (soundtracked by some funky flutes) we move to:
how the novel began and progressed for Clegg
first vs third person narration
Wilkie Collins, collective truths and the range of voices
what we think about each other, for right and mainly wrong
empathy, judgement and global problems
why small-towns are a metaphor for the entire world
town vs wealthy, weekending outsiders
small-town life and small-town thinking?
how do you break family destiny and leave small-towns?
Part 3, with more funky background music and cell phone buzzes, to come.