There is much to learn from Bret Easton Ellis about the writing process, settings, sequels, the publishing industry, novels, and screenplays in his interview on LAist. Of Ellis’ work, I’ve only read Lunar Park, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am always envious and admiring of those I recognize as having an imagination that I can only dream of actualizing. Ellis’ inteview is a great read on the established writer experience, the writing process, the differences between novel writing and screenwriting. What I appreciate most about this piece from LAist is the insight into the author behind his work, the themes that his work has revolved around, and the free-spirit of adventure Ellis seems to lend toward his writing. There’s a fine line between fact and fiction, but it’s always interesting to know what is fact and what is fiction (at least so told by the writer).
I also liked this about writer interviews and the reader – which is something a writer should remember about their audience:
Is there anything about the book you would want to put out there?
The meaning of the book is specific to each individual reader. When the writer starts talking about the book on a certain kind of grand level, some of the mysteries become erased. There’s nothing about the novel that I really want to put out there, but only because of that. I think once I start making proclamations about the book — what I feel about the book, or what I want people to think about the book — it’s a slippery slope.
Ellis’ latest book Imperial Bedrooms comes out tomorrow, June 15th. You can follow Bret Easton Ellis on Twitter @eastonellis.
Read the LAist Interview in Full.