Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 3

[Part 3 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] The central theme of the novel seems to be the question of free will, how much control we have over our destinies, if any, and the acceptance of the mystery of our condition. Each character has his or her own take […]

Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 2

[Part 2 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] The symbol of the butterfly appears through the book in various manifestations such as death (departed soul), freedom from torment (Moberley’s view), and change in course of Henry’s life and outlook. Perhaps you mean it to be a symbol for life […]

Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 1

[Part 1 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] Is the novel’s plot mirroring a particular Shakespeare tragedy? Even the spots of comic relief (Henry’s interrogation & the graveyard conversation with Randy) reminded me of a Shakespeare play.  You’re very right to sense this. There’s no exact plot-to-plot […]

Author Q&A: In Which the Author Spills Some Coffee Beans…

Here’s an excerpt from an author Q&A I submitted to a potential review site (which shall, for now, remain nameless). It gives you a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of flavor as well as providing you with some trainspotting details perhaps a few will enjoy… How long did it take to write the book? The novel […]