With each new book release comes the season of the interviews. Suddenly, after writing for months in relative isolation, reviewing and reworking and proofing, the book is out and newspapers, magazines and pod casters want to hear about it. It’s an exciting time, the icing on the cake.
I’ve had some fabulous interviews, from my very first in The Specusphere to a recent interview in The Fringe Magazine. But sometimes an interview can go a little hinky. I’m not sure how it happens but somewhere along the line, the words get lost in translation. You can hear the pen scratching away on the other end of the line, or the keyboard clicking, as the journalist tries to keep up with the flow but they don’t always get it down exact.
‘I never said that!’ is not such an uncommon phrase. As a matter of fact, there’s a new book by Oxford University Press with virtually the same title. It’s a collection of misquotations, adaptations and fabrications ranging from Napoleon’s ‘Not tonight, Josephine’ to our beloved
‘Beam me up, Scotty.’ (not what Kirk said!) Misquotes can be a anything from funny to slanderous. Fortunately for me, it’s been mostly funny! Here are some random examples of questions I’ve been asked, my answers and what actually made it into print.
Interviewer: You weave astrology and stars into your Earth/Gaela books. Where did you learn this?
Kim: My father was an astrologer before me so it was part of my upbringing. I’ve been studying it all my life, both ancient forms and contemporary.
The misquote Kim’s father was an astronomer and so is she.
Interviewer: Where does your new book fit in the series?
Kim: It’s the second book in the Quantum Encryption series. There’s one more to come before the conclusion . . .
The misquote Road to the Soul is the final book in her first series, Quantum Entanglement.
Interviewer: Have you thought of expanding into other genres?
Kim: I write and read spec fic because I love it. It has all the landscapes of every great genre combined—historical fiction, crime, magical realism, adventure, romance, suspense, thriller, mystery . . . Why would I ever want to write anything else?
The misquote: We can expect to see Kim Falconer writing historical fiction in the near future.
And my current favourite (because how cool would it be if this were true)!
Interviewer: Is there anything new in the works?
Kim: Indeed, I’m plotting a new series right now! It’s just at the proposal stage so fingers crossed my publisher will love it as much as I do and offered a contract.
The misquote: Kim has an ongoing contract with HarperCollins Publishing for whatever she can produce.
How about you? Ever been misquoted? Have some funny interview story to tell? What about tips to keep the story straight? Comments always welcome!
Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the series is Road to the Soul, which will be published 1 March. Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!