It occurs to me that a great disservice is done to us all when writers (and other artists) become famous after they’ve died. We never get a chance to ask them burning questions such as Where do your ideas come from? Do you write in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings? What do you do when you’re blocked?
These are the types of things we discover when a Famous Writer is interviewed. But writers don’t get interviewed unless they’re famous, so when a writer becomes famous after they’ve died, the questions go unanswered. A hole is left where information should be. An itch goes unscratched. Another tragedy in the life of the reader.
To solve this problem, I propose a new website called PosthumousInterviews.com. Every writer that is now toiling away in abject obscurity should register at this new site and fill out an interview form with all the standard interview questions on the off chance that after they die, somehow their genius will be discovered and word of it spread throughout the land. Heretofore it would have been too late for us to not only bestow upon these quiet giants the rewards they deserve (money, appearances on Letterman, and a bevy of beauties) in their lifetime but also to regale them with the burning questions: Are your characters based on real people? Do you outline? Should I get an agent?
No more. We shall never again suffer without personal information from the likes of Melville, Toole, and Hurston. Anybody that makes it to the top after their untimely demise will now be able speak to us from the grave (If they’re registered at PosthumousInterviews.com that is).
All obscure writers toil away with the thoughts of their genius being discovered upon their death. It’s what keeps them going in the face of insurmountable odds. The vision of the literary world tearing its heart out because it never acknowledged the writer’s insight, talent, and earning potential gets them through the dark nights. Now there is a way for them to communicate with those who will be tearing their hearts out. Now thanks to the Internet they can imagine what it might feel like in a few hundred years when everybody is asking the the burning questions: How did you learn to write? How do you handle rejection? Would you ever consider self-publishing?
To all of us toiling away in obscurity: Register and rest assured that your audience will always be able to enjoy your success even if you don’t.
PosthumousInterviews.com, only $4.95/month.
Sue Lange’s bookshelf at BVC