“The narrator is treading water in his life when the story opens. Nothing much is happening for him. One day, he has a problem, and he realizes: The people in this system aren’t going to help me. This insight doesn’t merely open his eyes. His whole life accelerates. He has to find the way forward. Some ways back will have to close.” — from my interview about Most Famous Short Film of All Time
Most Famous Short Film of All Time is an enlightening book with thoughtful observations on life and insight into being transgender. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
Seeking ways to cut down my rough draft, I split the novel into 486 sections—one for each frame of the Zapruder film—and I limited each of those sections to 125 words. I marked each micro-section visually with a numbered frame from the film. Additional material didn’t fit within that structure. I found otherways to work in the rest of the material, so the novel remains long. That’s how the structure was set up.
Your characters were interesting and I enjoyed following them. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
The narrator is treading water in his life when the story opens. Nothing much is happening for him. One day, he has a problem…
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