Charlie and Andrew Blackman (On the Holloway Road, A Virtual Love) discuss life on the road, following in Jack Kerouac’s footsteps, offline and online identity, writing an entire book about a character but never giving them a voice, current climate change activism, and withholding – for very good reason – the endings your readers expect.
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00:57 You’ve been travelling for quite a few years now, can you tell us more about this? 01:57 You sold your books… 02:33 Where can we read your articles? 03:22 What was your journey to publication like? 11:07 When did you first read Kerouac’s On The Road? 11:59 Had you made a journey of the sort Neil and Jack go on? 13:34 Were you ever tempted to emulate Kerouac’s writing style? 15:42 What’s the relationship between your own characters and Kerouac’s? 17:28 Why the Holloway Road? 18:51 The ending – what did you want readers to take away with them? [vague spoilers] 21:18 How much did your experience of blogging influence A Virtual Love? 22:52 Was Jeff’s granddad inspired by your own relationship with a grandparent? 24:47 Why doesn’t Jeff have a voice in the novel? 34:38 Is there a way we can be more social in our current age? 37:40 Where did the environmental activism stem from? 40:01 How important is a sense of silence? 41:20 [Spoiler question] Can you talk about your choice not to have a big reveal? 44:27 What’s next?
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