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Knox on her characters

March 26, 2011

The Vintner's Luck - Elizabeth Knox

While considering her own writing style, Elizabeth Knox writes:

“To have two characters quarrel takes as much planning as robbing a bank. That’s why there are so many works of fiction where one character drifts about in an alienated fashion explaining their feelings about their relationships with others. I like my characters to mismanage the people around them in their thoughts….” pp113-114 n: ELIZABETH KNOX “HEAT.” Sport, Nov 1993; n.11:p.111-114

“I want my characters to be seen to be imagining themselves and their lives, as we do.  But I don’t want my characters to be ‘just like someone you’d meet’, undistilled, people who sometimes just chew the fat (though they should be able to be imagined doing that when they’re off stage, as it were).” p114 in: ELIZABETH KNOX “HEAT.” Sport, Nov 1993; n.11:p.111-114

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