Small Spiral Notebook interviews Scott Snyder
At a recent reading you noted that the characters in your stories were all knocked off course by accidents of the heart? Can you talk a little more about that? How fragile a heart is, and how its wounding can be more devastating than any broken bone.
Scott Snyder: Absolutely. The book was written over the course of a few years, but for most of that time, I was in the process of falling in love with someone - Jeanie, the girl who eventually would become my wife. So in a lot of ways the stories are built around the fears and hopes that are part of that experience. In some ways, "Happy Fish" (the oldest story) is a fantasy about never having to grow up. While "Wreck" (which I wrote after I met Jeanie), reflects those fears that pop up when we first start feeling vulnerable to someone - Maybe it's better to stay single. Maybe I don't want to be attached, and so on. On the other hand, "Blue Yodel" is all about someone deeply in love, who's terrified of losing the person he cares for. "Voodoo Heart" is about the fear of making that final commitment. So to some degree at least, the accidents the characters suffer are the most hurtful things possible - they're like a loss of one's self.
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