On Legerdemaine

Part two of my interview Aliya Whiteley is now up on her website. More mots bon from me.

A: When do you feel satisfied that you’ve done enough research?

I: I don’t think I’ve ever felt satisfied with research. There’s always something that you’ve handled wrong. With specific regard to a novel, where you’re dealing with the representation of lived experience, there’s no way everything is going to ring true. A phrase might be wrong; or a train line that you thought was there in 1904 wasn’t built until 1910, or some such. I’d go as far as to say that if I ever had that feeling of satisfaction, I’d be losing my grip on reality.

Published by Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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