A Dream Interview

Sue Star interviews Cameron Kennedy, author of The Jigsaw Window.

SS: Thank you for being our guest today at Mysteristas. Tell us the premise of your novel and how it connects to this month’s topic of dreams.

CK: Dreams are a state of mind. My book is a love story about a woman with Alzheimer’s who peels back the layers of her mind, searching for her beloved (but deceased) husband.

SS: Does she ever find him?

CK: Well, that’s the mystery, isn’t it?

SS: Okay. What made you want to tackle such a sensitive subject?

CK: My daughter and I shared a bottle of wine one New Year’s Eve while fireworks were exploding around us. As our minds were a little addled, we were discussing my obsession for an antique jigsaw puzzle. Or wait. Maybe that was a dream?

SS: So, you’re saying this novel came out of a dream?

CK: You said that, not me.

SS: Mmmm. How does the puzzle figure into your story?

CK: Its picture shows a wintry scene of sugar maple tappers, and judging from the looks of the nearby village, it must be set sometime in the 1940’s. In other words, the American homefront during WWII.

SS: Uh-huh. So, the woman with Alzheimer’s sees these characters through the window of her fractured mind?

CK: Maybe. Or maybe they live in another dimension of reality as real characters with real fears and desires.

SS: Real characters? Don’t you mean that your characters are made-up?

CK: What’s real? That which is locked up inside your head, or what’s going on around you?

SS: Hmmm, good point. So you’re saying reality could be a dream?

CK: If that’s what you want to hear. Each reader takes away something different from a story. Is one more valid than another?

SS: Let’s ask our readers and find out. If books can be interpreted different ways, Dear Readers, is there a correct answer to a book’s interpretation? Is everything else a dream?

Cameron Kennedy is an alter ego of Sue Star. Or maybe they’re both just a dream?

p.s.—Sue will be traveling the day this posts and may be slow to respond to comments.


6 thoughts on “A Dream Interview”

  1. Fun interview. Sometimes my dream is more interesting that reality. Okay, frequently. Anyway, as a college lit major, I don’t believe there is one “correct” interpretation of a story. There are interpretations you can support and ones you can’t. I had this exact argument with my 11th grade AP English teacher, who took the “my way is the right way” approach. I was happy in college to have a professor pooh-pooh that notion.


  2. Wow, what a cool, shifting playing field here, Sue and Cameron. Thanks for this post!

    And I agree with you, Mary, that there’s not one “correct” interpretation of a book but “readings” that can be argued through supporting evidence.


  3. Sounds like a very interesting book. Getting lost or found inside one’s own mind that’s affected by Alzheimers. How are Cameron’s books different from Sue’s?


  4. I got about halfway before I suspected…(only because I have a similar interview on my website!). I think yes, there can be multiple interpretations of any fictional story, be they movie, novel, or other. The reader can definitely bring something to the equation!


  5. Well, I’m glad that you agree on the multiple interpretations! Theresa, Cameron writes with a hint of magical realism. Thanks for the comments!


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