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?
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.