Norman Lock


An Interview with Norman Lock, by Celia Johnson

Imagine: Mark Twain’s classic characters Huck and Jim get swept through time, into the future, on the raft they share. They witness and, like curious tourists, explore the changes on shore. And they experience all sorts of tragedy and revelations on their journey. It’s an unusual concept for a novel, but Norman Lock is a master of the unusual. Cast through his inimitable creative lens, this novel is much more than a unique concept. It’s a rich, textured story that’ll leave you unsteady on your feet, as any great water adventure should. I spoke with Lock about the inspiration behind his novel, his research (an old job as a yacht builder copywriter comes into play), and how his characters negotiate different periods in time. There’s an excerpt from the novel after the interview, too.

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An Interview with Norman Lock, by Celia Johnson

Mr. Hyde sits in an asylum conversing with an ambitious superintendent. An Egyptian Mummy listens to Noël Coward hammer out a tune on the piano. Norman Lock rows along a dark lake below the Paris Opera, eager to disappear, like Gaston Leroux’s Phantom. These are just a few of the scenes you’ll witness in Love Among the Particles, by Norman Lock (yes, he is both the author and, sometimes, a character in the book). Lock creates stories that, at first glance, seem impossible, and yet by the end of each one, feel utterly familiar. I had the honor of discussing this new book with Lock. During our interview, he observed, “Try as I have, I cannot seem to write other than I do: fables of identity, parables of self-consciousness, and tales of the marvelous.” That magnetic pull transcends the pages of his book, making for a fully addictive collection. Read on to find out more about Lock’s creative process, his characters’ fates, and his view of time.

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