How did you come up with the concept of your story?
In 2004 I had a very vivid dream that, afterward, wouldn’t leave me alone. Said dream basically detailed out one scene
from the story, something so different and captivating for me that it stuck. Now, it must be noted that I was not writing at
that time, nor did I intend to write in any professional capacity. But as this one nugget of an idea would not let me be, I
started to form a story around it – Why were these people doing what they were doing? Who were they?
I think that working in the Preservation Dept of the campus library system had bled into my subconscious and that is
where the magick system that rules The Bookminder developed.
How did you come up with the title?
Haha, well, I had to actually do a bit of research to check my brain on this as, over time, there have been several
incarnations, besides the working title of Wizard’s Librarian. As a (former(?)) librarian, I was really hoping to keep the
working title, as homage to my career and the work that had sparked the initial idea. But then we wanted to go with
something simpler, brighter, and more “fantasy”.
The ‘research’ I allude to above? I just unearthed a Facebook exchange between a librarian friend and I from last March.
In it she says she quite likes the new title and then asks “Who came up with that?”
My answer? “Honestly I don’t remember . . . might have been my editor. We just started throwing things together.” Words
that felt book-binder-y but not quite so literal. Things like “Spellbinder / Spellbound” seemed a bit too on the nose.
Please provide some insight into or a secret or two about your story.
The locations in Bookminder are real. Parentino truly did fall to ruins, while its twin fortification flourished. And while the
town known as Dvigrad in the story did have another name, Moncastello, in keeping with the attitude of the characters in
the story, I dropped the name from their fortification and merely called it Dvigrad. Call it a decision of character politics, if
The tales of what actually happened to Dvigrad are a little muddled but history has the town mixed up in the middle of the
Venice and Austrian conflict of the sixteenth century. And the town truly was abandoned due to plague—though history
has that date at 1630 and Bookminder has it coming some 50-odd years later.
What was the most surprising part of writing this book?
The more I write (and this is, by far, the most writing I have yet done) the more I have come to realize that stories like to
take on a life of their own. I used to hear that and scoff. But, in penning Bookminder, I found that sometimes an element
would sneak into the narrative and then prove to be a stroke of brilliance in how it either foreshadowed a thing, or simply
played a symbolic role. I kept looking at how things turned out going “but I’m not that smart!” or maybe “I’ve gotta just be
lucky . . .” or “ . . . the story is asserting itself!” So I’m a convert to that philosophy, now.
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