Join us as we learn more about The Wolf and the Rain and ask author Tanya Lee questions about her process, her characters, the plot, and everything in between. Does your acting inform your writing?
I like to analyze my drafts the way I would analyze a script, trying on each character and asking: What do I want? What are my obstacles? What tactics am I applying, and how do these tactics change throughout the story? How do I justify/defend my actions, especially the morally dodgy ones? What is my worldview?
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
While certain authors have definitely fuelled my wanderlust (especially South Asian writers), I haven’t gone on any literary pilgrimages per se—at least not yet. Although, after my undergrad I flew over to the UK to meet my friend Helen for a road trip. We drove her little car all around England, up to Edinburgh and over to Ireland, the entire time hauling around my 10lb copy of Ulysses so that I could pose with it outside the James Joyce house, haha. And by ‘we drove’ I mean her. I am a super anxious driver, so mostly I fed her avocado and focused on trying to navigate (also not one of my strengths).
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We. Written in the 1920s, We pre-dates Brave New World by a decade and Nineteen Eighty-Four by almost thirty years, and but it seems to be comparatively less well known in North America.
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