Dream Interview of Diane V. Mulligan: Finalist in The Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards
December 28, 2013
[It’s that time of the year again when The New Kindle Book Review is running its Best Indie Books of the Year awards. Top five finalists for the 2013 awards in various genres were announced September 1, 2013. In keeping with our tradition established last year in the first year of the awards, we have asked each of the finalists who care to participate to provide us two pieces: a dream interview and a dream review. Although these will appear under my byline and Caleb Pirtle’s, the posts are the work of the finalist authors. We hope you enjoy them and use them as an introduction to the works of these fine writers.-SW]
Now let’s meet Diane V. Mulligan, author of Watch Me Disappear, a finalist in the Young Adult genre.
Diane Vanaskie Mulligan’s Dream Interview
If I could be interviewed by anyone, I would love to sit down and chat with Tina Fey. Here’s how I imagine our conversation going…
Tina: Diane, I’m so excited to talk to you. I loved your novel, Watch Me Disappear.
Me: Oh my gosh, thank you so much! My husband and I are 30 Rock superfans. The 30 Rock theme is actually the ringtone on my phone. We have all seven seasons on DVD.
Tina: You’re sweet. Did you name your main character, Lizzie, after Liz Lemon?
Me: No, but now that you mention it, maybe that’s what I should tell people [laughing]. Actually I thought of her as a little like Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, so I decided to call her Lizzie.
Tina: You made a few references to classic literature in the beginning of the book, including Pride and Prejudice. Do you think of Watch Me Disappear a modern spin on that novel?
Me: Way back when I started, that’s sort of what I had in mind, but what ended up happening was something little more like The Great Gatsby, although I’m probably the only one who’d see the connections.
Tina: Yeah, I never would have gotten that one, but now that you point it out, I see it. Lizzie is sort of like Nick, infatuated by her rich, beautiful neighbor’s life and yet somewhat judgmental of it, and there are a number of debaucherous parties as well.
Tina: I think the thing Watch Me Disappear reminded me of the most was actually my movie, Mean Girls.
Me: I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an influence. I think that movie is fantastic. I’m a fan of any portrayal of teenagers that gets at their true complexities instead of just staying on the level of stereotypes.
Tina: So what’s next? Will there be a Watch Me Reappear in which we follow Lizzie to college?
Me: My next book, due out this fall, is about three characters in the late twenties to early thirties who are trying to figure out how to be adults and how to reconcile their actual lives with the dreams of their youth.
Tina: Does anyone ever figure out how to be an adult, because I gotta say, I still eat Poptarts for breakfast and watch cartoons?
Me: Me, too.