Monday, June 6, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH LEWIS CARROLL'S GHOST!


I interviewed Lewis Carroll’s ghost at midnight under a full moon in a graveyard deep in the heart of London.  
 



James: We’re so glad you could join us, Lewis.  We’ve never had a ghost on Project Mayhem.

Lewis: I’m honored to be here.

James: So what’s it like to be a writer in the afterlife?

Lewis:  It’s really not much different.  I write five to six hours a day.  I’m in a writing group.

James: A writing group for ghosts?

Lewis:  Yes.  The other members of the group are Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, Madeline L’Engle and Ernest Hemingway.

James:  I didn’t know Ernest Hemingway was a children’s author.

Lewis: Ernest began writing for children soon after he passed away.  He has written six picture books.  Picasso illustrated them.  They’re gorgeous.


James: Has the afterlife changed your writing style at all?

Lewis:  My rhyming has improved.

James: You rhyming was pretty good to begin with.

Lewis:  Tell Edgar Allan Poe that.  He thinks it’s mediocre.



James: How many books have you written as a ghost?

Lewis: 27

James: 27 new children’s books by Lewis Carroll!  What stupendous news!   How can we the living gain access to them?

Lewis: Unfortunately you can’t.  There are stringent copyright laws in the afterlife.  We are only allowed to publish in our dimension.  C.S. Lewis tried to sell a novel to Macmillan last year and got in big trouble.




James: Considering all the literary geniuses floating around, there must be many bookstores in the afterlife.

Lewis: When a bookstore closes in the land of the living, its ghost opens in our realm.  A bookstore’s ghost is an enchanted creature.

James: What do you think of the movie versions of ‘Alice’?

Lewis:  The Tim Burton movie wasn’t bad.

James: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Lewis: Take your time writing your novel.  Don’t be in a rush.  Trust me.  You’re in it for the long haul.




James:  Thank you so much for your time.

Lewis:  My pleasure.

10 comments:

  1. Creative brilliance, James. I got shivers reading it.

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  2. I had a lot of fun reading this. Right now I have a huge smile on my face.

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  3. Fun interview. That C. S. Lewis, who would have thought he'd try to publish outside his dimension!

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  4. Fun interview. That C. S. Lewis, who would have thought he'd try to publish outside his dimension!

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  5. I'd like to see this group as a dinner party! What a hoot!

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  6. The phone rang while I was reading this and I couldn't break away to answer. The interview was much better than voice mail urging me to attend a city council meeting. Thanks for the fun interview.

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  7. Haha, I love this. I hope for success in this life first, but glad to know that the dream never dies...

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  8. This is brilliant! I love the idea of ghost bookstores. Lovely!

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Thanks for adding to the mayhem!