Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 24 Aug 02 16:00
Jason, no. Alas. (He died three days before I finished it.)
double-axled haywains and Harpo Marx going honk-honk (lioness) Sun 25 Aug 02 23:43
Neil, I think it was before your time here, or at least before the Fabulous Lorraine started being a Festie, but the director at the RenFest used to be a man called Bobo. He was quite something. Dunno what he's doing today, but if anyone would be able to handle a mouse circus, he would. (Although he'd probably have about the same results saying, "Hey, guys, don't make me have to Explain The Situation..." to them as he did with us.) Has there been a Favorite Odd Interview Question for you so far? Something that it turned out to be illuminating to have been asked, at any of the various venues, offline or on?
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Tue 27 Aug 02 04:10
At the Foyles Event, someone asked me what my Muse was like -- if I could describe her. And that was fun. I'd never been asked and found out as I answered. (I wish I had been listening to what i was saying, and not just talking mind you.)
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Tue 27 Aug 02 14:24
so what does your Muse look like?
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Tue 27 Aug 02 21:05
Harassed, I said. She never knows what she's going to have to come up with next.
Arlene Green (averde) Fri 30 Aug 02 00:50
Well now, that's nice and pat. We want details man, details. Having read you forever (even in graphic form before you were the darling of the trendy SF set) I knew about the wild-eyed "what the heck is he going to do with this inspiring idea" look she must have. I'd imagine your muse is a bit of a masochist...but only you could confirm that. And add flesh to it and her.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 30 Aug 02 07:26
I think she has a slightly hunted look, actually. On the stage I compared her to Steve King's muse, who, i said, spends most of her time going "hey, Steve, you see that chair? you could do a story about a chair THAT EATS PEOPLE!" I think my muse has tangled hair and a butterfly mind...
Glen's attempt at wit (notshakespeare) Tue 10 Sep 02 11:06
I've got a question. If we were to hand Coraline to a 9 year old Neil Gaiman, what would he think of it?
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Wed 18 Sep 02 21:45
He'd be very accepting, I suspect, even if it did bother him that this seemed to be taken from the inside of his head. I'm not sure that it would stop him looking for Narnias, though.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Wed 18 Sep 02 23:21
Every wardrobe I checked (and there weren't many of them in the suburbs to check) had a back to it.
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 20 Sep 02 18:41
Coraline book jacket is cover art at Salon for the weekend! Whooop! http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2002/09/21/kids/ Headline: Kids lit grows up Deck: "Inspired by Harry Potter, bestselling authors Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Carl Hiaasen and Isabel Allende are spearheading a renaissance in books that enchant readers of all ages. By Charles Taylor"
Oooops! Blurted out a Whooop! (gail) Fri 20 Sep 02 18:44
(pardon me for being so excited. it was such a treat to see!)
Dan Wilson (stagewalker) Mon 23 Sep 02 09:46
*snort* Inspired by Harry Potter indeed...
Dodge (hnowell) Mon 23 Sep 02 10:58
Yeah. Johnny Come Lately is Harry Potter.
Gail Williams (gail) Mon 23 Sep 02 11:04
Hmmm, yeah, seems to me that publishers may be inspired by Harry Potter sales, but good writers have never lacked the imagination to want to write for kids, too.
Dodge (hnowell) Mon 23 Sep 02 13:40
And Gaiman and Pratchett and some of those other writers mentioned have been writing books for minors for a while before Rawlings came along.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Mon 23 Sep 02 13:50
The headline must have been written by someone other than the writer of the piece (but that's usual anyway). The piece makes it pretty clear it's the publishers and agents that are inspired by Harry Potter, not the people writing the books. Harry Potter makes it more possible for an "adult" writer to publish a kids' book.
Christy Smith (jonl) Fri 27 Sep 02 07:43
Email from Christy: Indeed, Coraline was started back when Harry Potter was barely a gleam in Rowling's eye.... Here's a question I've always wanted to ask you, Neil, and it seems appropriate to this topic: What movie (or TV show) frightened you the most as a kid? Thanks, Christy
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sun 13 Oct 02 06:38
Christy -- hmm. Probably Dr Who, as a TV series. The movie that frightened me most age 5-10, was the Wizard of Oz. The movie that frightened me most age 10-13 was Son of Dracula -- the way Dracula turned to smoke and oozed under doors horrified me. I'd always thought you were okay if you shut and locked the door before then.
Marcy Sheiner (mmarquest) Tue 12 Nov 02 18:57
Coming in here way late, but got a reason: this weekend my daughter showed me a brochure that listed books for kids with allergies, and I noticed Neil's name on it. Neil, have you written a book for kids w/ allergies? Can you talk a little bit about it? I've been working on one for my grandson (as well as for publication), so I'm curious. Truth be told, I tried my hand at children's books many years ago. Wrote half a dozen stories, all were rejected by every publisher I sent them to. So I'd also like to know how hard or easy it is to break into the field. Now that I write so much about sex, it's probably quite hopeless for me!
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sun 29 Dec 02 09:18
Marcy -- well, I've never written anything specifically for kids with allergies; I wonder whether it was "The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish". I don't think it's a very easy field to break into -- there's a sort of "starting from scratch" quality you don't have in most other fields or genres. I suspect because no-one in publishing goes into children's books to make money -- they go in because they love children's books. I doubt that having written about sex would count against you; on the other hand, being a published author in another field doesn't count for you, either.
Linda Castellani (castle) Tue 16 Jun 09 18:46
May 9, 2009 interview with Neil: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article 6247618.ece http://tinyurl.com/p8s29o
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