10-12-2007 01:03 PM - edited 11-19-2007 04:12 PM
Let's welcome Christopher Moore to Center Stage!
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About Christopher Moore:
Before the age of thirty, Christopher Moore studied anthropology and photography, and worked as a roofer, grocery store night clerk, factory worker (making ceramic Nativity scenes; still remembered for doing a mean baby Jesus), insurance agent, photographer, disk jockey, journalist, motel clerk, and waiter. When he turned 30, he decided it was time to write a novel, and he never looked back.
With a body of work that boasts some of the most outlandish plots and outrageous characters ever to make it onto the printed page, Christopher Moore is rapidly making a name for himself as the clown prince of contemporary fiction.
Moore has been compared to such luminaries of irreverent literary humor as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, yet Moore clearly follows a demented logic that is all his own. Since the publication of his debut novel Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he has been staking out a place for himself as the grand jester of contemporary literature. But where does an author start when drumming up ideas for madcap tales with titles like The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and The Stupidest Angel? "Usually from something I read," he explains on his Web site, chrismoore.com. "It could be a single sentence in a magazine article that kicks off a whole book. Ideas are cheap and easy. Telling a good story once you get an idea is hard."
Hard as it may be, Moore has yet to fail to deliver both unbelievably imaginative ideas and expert storytelling. It may be a dirty job, but Moore is more than up
to the task.
Message Edited by Jessica on 11-19-2007 04:12 PM
11-21-2007 09:34 AM
All that said, is there anywhere you won't go? A topic you won't touch, a line you will not cross?
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11-21-2007 04:25 PM
Having said that, I wonder what kinds of reactions you've seen from your best-selling (can you please make it a movie?) book Lamb. Some people I've discussed it with have been shocked at your irreverance, but many I've given it to read end up keeping a copy, which I why I keep 2 on my shelf for my own use. I'm interested to know whether you've had the occasion to indulge in debate over this...
11-21-2007 06:42 PM
11-22-2007 11:20 AM
11-23-2007 09:35 AM
The post mentions that you sometimes get ideas from a single sentence in a magazine. Do you ever remember those? I'd be interested to know what sparked Dirty Job. Also, when you started Fluke -- did you know where it would lead?
11-26-2007 08:43 AM
Huge fan here. I've thoroughly enjoyed your visits to PA for book tours, and am very appreciative that you travel such distances from home to share your humor with the masses.
My question refers to the locations for your books. I know you resided in the San Fran and Hawaii locales, and these northern California or Tropical locations have been the settings for the majority of your books. Do you find you use these because you are more comfortable with the surroundings you are aware of rather than trying a different location such as Chicago or Salt Lake City, etc. Also, does this help you as an author because you are then able to focus more on the story and it's plotlines rather than the details and intricacies of knowing a location and setting for your characers to appear in?
Also, any plans on testing new locations for upcoming stories?
Thanks, and please continue to keep writing. I love your work, and look forward to many more great stories!
Brian in Philadelphia
11-28-2007 09:35 AM
I continue to be intrigued by the conclusion of Lamb and my question concerns that.
In the end, Biff's fate is sealed because, while deeply loving Joshua, Biff is the only character who has no real faith in him. This came as a complete surprise to me. Looking back, it seems that this may have been inevitable, but I was so entertained by the narrative that I did not see it coming.
Here is my question: Was the theme of Biff being so close and yet so disconnected something that you intended from the start or is this something that developed as you were writing the book?
12-02-2007 08:42 PM
Anyhow, the whole familiy reads your books, and we love how your characters cross over among the books. My personal favorite is Minty Fresh. Do you have a personal favorite?
12-08-2007 11:22 PM
Part of me wanted an evangelist to knock on the door so I could reference Biff's quotes chapter and verse. Okay, I'm just a bit irreverent myself at times. :-)
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12-09-2007 12:13 PM
If you are having a bad week at work or recently broke up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, cat, this is the book to read to make sure you are getting a healthy dose of daily laughter, especially if there is no improv club in your town. But why wait for a bad week?
I'm looking forward to hearing about some of Christopher's other, so I can figure out what I should read next!
12-10-2007 07:09 PM
Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Stephanie, your moderator for Center Stage. Welcome everyone- looks like we're going to have a great week with Christopher Moore.
12-10-2007 07:49 PM
Did you see? I'm trying to plan a Joshmas Party. Seems like the appropriate name for a for a multi-cultural holiday gathering of Chris Moore fans, LOL. I'll let you know when we come up with a date.
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12-10-2007 09:06 PM
I am an aspiring writer and I had a question for you: do you bounce ideas off other writers like in a writers group, or do you not really associate with other authors? What do you think about the writers groups? Any other words of wisdom?
Thanks and I can't wait to read your next book!
12-11-2007 01:15 PM
When you're writing, at what point does the name of a character tend to come to mind? Do you start a character right away with a name, or develop a name later? Have you ever changed a character's name (first, middle, or last) before the book is finished? If so, could you give an example?
Besides identifying ethnicity, etc., do you sometimes intend for the sound (or other feature) of a name to suggest certain aspects of a character's personality or life experience? If so, what would be some good examples?
12-12-2007 02:56 AM
That said, I have to find a subject interesting to write about it. About once a year my agents suggests that, "Someone needs to write a satire that blows open the wife-swapping and swingers clubs in the upper-class East Coast society." And again and again, my reply is, "That may be so, but I'm not that someone. I'm not interested in that."
I'm not worried about hurting people's feelings, but I don't set out to do that. Quite a few people write me to say that the "bad language" bothers them. I got a letter yesterday who had read A Dirty Job, and said it was an excellent and hilarious book, but she had been brought up religious and couldn't enjoy the book because of the F-word in it. My response, as it always is to that reaction is, "Jesus doesn't care if you say mother**bleep**er. I wrote a book on Jesus. I read everything I could get my hands on about Jesus. I nearly had the Gospels memorized. Jesus never says you can't say **bleep**. Evidently, he doesn't care. Oh,there's that "Lord's name in vain" thing, but who goes to the First Church of Mother**bleep**ers? There are no Mother**bleep**er's Witnesses. God's name is not **bleep**. (Although, to be fair, I can understand how one might very easily make that association.) What I"m saying is, I put the cuss words in because people talk that way and because sometimes it's just funny.
When Josh says, "You know, I love all the little children of the world."
And Biff says, "Really."
And Josh says, "Yeah, Red and Yellow black and green."
And Biff says, "Really, Green?"
And Josh says, "No, not green. I was just **bleep**ing with you."
That **bleep** is funny. And it wouldn't have been funny if Josh had said, "Just messing with you."
So, nothing is off limits, except that it's not interesting.
12-12-2007 03:02 AM
The idea of it may offend people, but if they actually read the book, they get it. I get tons of mail from ministers who love Lamb. The book is being taught in three seminaries that I know of (1 Lutheran, 1 Episcopal, and 1 Methodist) and many secular colleges. People get it. Isn't that great news?
In the five years Lamb has been out, I've gotten three negative letters (out of perhaps 20,000 total) about the book. Two were from kids, teenagers, from ARkansas who hadn't read the book, but were offended by the idea of it. The other was from a retired Monsignor in Toronto who had a problem with my theology because it was -- wait for it -- not Catholic. I'm sure there are more people who got their panties in a bunch about it, but as I said, that's about them, not the book. The book is not an attack book, and it doesn't challenge anything that the Gospels say about Jesus. It's just a funny story. A version.
12-12-2007 03:03 AM - edited 12-12-2007 03:50 AM
12-12-2007 03:09 AM
You'd be amazed how writing under deadline can change a writer's work. Writer's you find writing the same book over and over again, more or less, are not doing that because they like to, they're doing that because they have a book due in the spring and they know that formula will work. It's not all bad. I mean, you don't want to just work on one book forever, but I know I often make creative decisions based on a calendar, not the story.