In which the newest author of the Lawrence and Gibson stable, Sharon Lam, is interviewed by the editor of Lawrence and Gibson, Murdoch Stephens. Lonely Asian Woman will be released at play_station 1/233 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington on March 16 at 18h00 or 6pm.
I have always been “most tragically vulnerable”. So in that vein, I guess my whole life. Getting abs is way harder than writing. But I feel like I am sort of on the way, like sometimes there’s a shadow on my torso that looks a bit ab-like.
SL: Humans have no parents and no rules except for not being allowed to live underwater because we can't breathe there, and yet each of us has to sell some part of ourselves forever and ever in order to stay warm and eat. And then we inflict pain, war, and violence onto humans and animals on top of that just because! So wild and so dumb. A garden eel or a house cat would never do that. People are annoying and I think it's because we're all deeply, subconsciously lonely from what we've done to the earth as a species, so we lash out in ways like pushing in line or trying to feel control and power via discrimination. It's "lonely at the top" and we're definitely the top at killing and separating ourselves from nature.
SL: I have no idea why it’s called that. But IIML is a chic acronym, which is all that matters, right? I guess we had some overseas writers come to visit us. But then again almost every university department has that... I hadn’t been in a writing-teaching environment since Year 12 English so it was a totally new scene. Being someone who has no self-discipline whatsoever, I would’ve never been able to have written the manuscript without a structured external framework with deadlines, motivation of financial commitment, and other people to be accountable for. I was in the fiction stream headed by Emily Perkins, who was also my supervisor, and she was amazing. I read a lot of old timey books which is maybe why I would have three adverbs in every sentence and she really helped inform my writing and editing habits.
MS: It is a chic acronym and we're in Wellington where there are so many gauche acronyms in government. Ughhh. Anyhow, any comrades from the course you want to shout out to so they thank you at the back of their next book?