What writer can’t help but giggle at this upon Thursday Next’s meeting with Rochester in THE EYRE AFFAIR:
I thought about the incident at Haworth all those years ago when I entered the book of Jane Eyre and caused Rochester’s horse to slip.
“It was a long time ago.”
“Not to me. You remember?” [Rochester said. He’s swirling Maderia in a glass, btw–KB]
“Your intervention improved the narrative.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Before, I simply bumped into my Jane and we spoke briefly. If you had read the book prior to your visit you would have noticed. When the horse slipped to avoid you it made the meeting more dramatic, wouldn’t you agree?”
Thus in one scene, Fforde not only captures the writer’s dilemma of making scenes more gripping, but we get the additional treat of seeing a beloved character like Rochester in a new light.
Fforde’s mixture of wit and audacity have earned him a world-wide readership. And yet, like any full-time writer, he’s subject deadlines and publishing pressures, and handles them all with aplomb.
We are pleased to present part two of our interview with Jasper Fforde. Missed part one? Click here to catch up.
KB: Is writing different for you now that you have a publishing deadline to meet? I mean, do you have qualms about chucking a character or a plot point with a looming date circled on the calendar?
JF: Absolutely. But you know, you have a deadline. So I delivered my manuscript on Monday (KB: April 30), and now it’s done. Fait accompli. [Read more…]