Monday 14 March 2011

The Woefield Poultry Collective Blog Tour

A couple of days ago, I posted my review for The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby. As part of the Woefield Poultry Collective Blog Tour I also had the opportunity to ask some questions of the author, which I have included below along with the wonderfully insightful responses. Thank you Susan, for taking the time to respond and to Harper Collins Canada for giving me the opportunity to present the questions.

1. What was the inspiration for The Woefield Poultry Collective?
I was inspired by the tension between the contemporary desire (and need) to be more self-sustaining and all the factors that make it difficult. In my case, I lack the right circumstances, skills and funds. So I decided to send a well-meaning character to a derelict farm to see how she’d make out. It seems to me that people always matter as much or more than ideals if you’re going to have a successful life.

2. You write about some serious subjects in the book. Was it difficult to strike a balance between those issues, and the humour that makes this book so lovable?
I like my comedy to have some dark undertones. Without their troubles the characters’ (very small) triumphs wouldn’t mean as much. Peter Devries once wrote that “comedy deals with that part of our suffering that is exempt from tragedy”. That feels really true to me.
3. What is not to love about this book? I fell in love with the eclectic mix of misfits. Is this the last we will see of these characters?
Thank you! I guess it depends on whether people feel the same as you. I’d love to write a Further Adventures of Woefield Farm.
4. If you had to choose, which would be the character YOU most liked creating, and why?
That’s a tough question! I loved them all in their own way. Seth was a lot of fun and I understood where he was coming from, though I never had a traumatic incident with a high school production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Sara was also entertaining to write, though I worried about her a lot. She gave me an excuse to go to agricultural fairs and check out the show chickens and the 4-H competitors and call it research instead of pure, Grade A entertainment.


Marie said...

Nice! I especially loved the last question. I really hope Susan writes a sequel!

Charlene Martel said...

Thanks Marie! It was my first time doing a Q&A with an author so I was a little nervous (I mean.. you just know they have probably been asked each question a million times before). I really do hope she does a sequel though. I am not quite ready to say goodbye to the Woefield gang.

Susan Juby said...

Thanks, Charlene! Good questions!

Charlene Martel said...

Thanks Susan for taking the time to answer them!