Author of the award-winning Songs for the New Depression [Kindle] and ace interviewer, Kergan Edwards-Stout last week aimed his Q's at me and Thebes' annual poll. This week he gets A's from novelist Trebor Healey.
Trebor's first novel Through It Came Bright Colors [Kindle] won the Ferro-Grumley Award in 2004, yet he only published his second and third novels this fall. Faun [Kindle], about a high school boy who turns into a satyr, is his first book to be set in Los Angeles where he has lived for 12 years. A Horse Named Sorrow [Kindle], a late-80s aids novel leaves San Francisco for a cross-country bicycle trip:
Kergan: One of the key images in the book is a bicycle wrapped in different strings. How did that come to you?
Trebor: I actually rode a bicycle across the country in the summer of 1986. It was an amazing way to travel and felt to me like traveling by horse, which is how the whole horse/bike/sorrow metaphor first came together. The speed, the human scale, the way you had to maintain your vehicle and plot your trip. It's very meditative and seemed a perfect style of journey for a person in need of retreat and reflection. As for the strings, I think that came from how kids used to tie strings around each other's ankles and wrists, and the idea was that you'd make a wish, and when the string came off, the wish you'd made would come true. There is a lot about wishing in the book, both the good and the bad of it.