3 Questions For the Author
Author of Good Morning, Midnight
Lily Brooks-Dalton, the author of the novel Good Morning, Midnight, took the time to answer three questions about her work!
Heard: Some writers say that though they have a lot of ideas for stories, they don't pursue every idea they come up with. If this is true in your case, what was it about Good Morning, Midnight's story that motivated you to take it on as a project?
Lily: You know, I'm not sure that I do have lots of ideas for stories. I don't tend to do much short fiction, so what I'm on the lookout for are premises that can sustain a novel, complex ideas with twists and turns and an ending that makes me excited to do the work to arrive at it. For me, these kinds of ideas don't come along quite so often, and when I get the germ of an idea that I think could eventually become a novel, it's still usually only half-formed. When the idea does arrive, and then grows, and deepens, you can't keep me away from it.
Heard: Both of the main characters, Augustine and Sully, are pretty introverted and can even come across as cold when they're interacting with others. Still, we can't help but fall a little bbit in love with them. Why do you think these two characters resonate so well with readers?
Lily: There are so many introverts in the world, and even if you're not an introvert, you momst likely know and love someone who is. So, I think it's possible to resonate with the characters on that level. I'd also say that characters like Augustine and Sully are easier to love in the context of fiction--in life you don't get to know what's going on behind someone else's behavoir. But in a novel yoyu get to see inside their head and really understand what makes them the way they are. Both of those characters are troubled and wounded and don't always behave in ways that makes them likable, but we all have flaws. And there is something so moving about seeing people acknowledge their flaws and grow from them. And, of course, it's easier to have compassion when you can get an omniscient peek.
Heard: As you were writing Augustine and Sully's story, did you already have an idea as to exactly what happened on earth to cause the airwaves to suddenly go silent? If so, do you plan on delving into that via a sequel to Good Morning, Midnight?
Lily: At the moment, I don't have any plans for a sequel, but never say never. For me, the ending illustrates what is important and, spoiler alert, it's not what happened to earth. It's the emotional journey of the characters, and how their lives intertwine in unexpected ways.