Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dana Cann

Dana Cann's new novel is Ghosts of Bergen County.

From his Q&A with Deborah Kalb:

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Ghosts of Bergen County and for your characters Gil Ferko, Jen, and Mary Beth?

A: I have vivid dreams, and the initial impetus for this novel came from a dream where a friend and I take heroin, shoplift in a mall, and are chased by store security. There’s a scene about a quarter of the way through the novel where all of these things happen to two of the characters.

Separately and consciously, I’d been thinking for some time about a hit-and-run accident, and this became the novel’s main plot thread. It took a few false starts to discover Gil Ferko, my protagonist, a private-equity misfit, but once I had him the other characters fell into place.

Q: You switch perspectives from one character to another. Did you prefer one character’s viewpoint to the others as you were writing?

A: Decisions regarding point of view are...[read on]
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