Welcome to our author interview series, Deviant Author Interviews! In this series, you’ll get to know the deviant minds behind some of New Orleans’s most talented writers through five rapid fire questions that are sure to bring out their idiosyncrasies. Get ready, because this isn’t your ordinary interview!
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This interview is with George Bishop, whom you can meet at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival this weekend! Check out the festival program here. George will be moderating a panel on Friday at 4:00 p.m. in the Queen Ann Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone titled Not Even Past: Southern History in Contemporary Fiction.
George is the author of two novels, The Night of the Comet and Letter to my Daughter. He earned a degree in English literature & communications from Loyola before moving to L.A. to become an actor. After eight years of commercials, stage plays, guest starring roles in TV sitcoms, and a lead role in the dismal B-movie Teen Vamp, he traveled overseas as a volunteer English teacher to Czechoslovakia. He has lived and taught in Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan. He earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won an Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. His stories and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Third Coast, Press, American Writing, and The Turkish Daily News, among others. Pat Conroy calls him “a novelist to keep your eye on.” He now lives here in New Orleans.
We caught up with George about The Night of the Comet, his worst review on Amazon, and the things teenagers do that really irk him.
Imagine your characters are on Survivor. Who would they vote out of the book?
In The Night of the Comet, poor Lou Coot, the protagonist’s neighbor, would be voted right out. He’s a nice man, but hopeless. He wouldn’t last a day on a desert island.
What’s the worst review you’ve received on Amazon, and what was your reaction to it?
Pick a popular book with an ending you didn’t like. What is the new ending?
I love the ending of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and wouldn’t change anything about it. But for an alternate ending, how about Anna, her young lover, Vronsky, and her husband, Alexei, all move to Levin and Kitty’s farm in the country, where they experiment with free love and live out their days in a very modern, open, five-person marriage.
The Night of the Comet is told from the POV of a teenager. What’s one thing that teenagers do that really irks you?
Everything. It’d be better for everyone if the teenage years could be skipped over somehow.
Pick a popular literary character and write their death scene. Extra points for creativity!
Meet George Bishop at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on Friday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hotel Monteleone Queen Ann Ballroom. You must purchase a panel pass to the festival to see the panel discussion. Get your tickets here!
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