Interviewer: Hey, looks like you finished The Casual Vacancy! How’d you like it?
Me: It took me a few chapters to engage, and it was hard to keep all the characters straight at first but after the story started to move along, I was hooked.
Interviewer: So what’s it about?
Me: Umm, well, this spot on the local city council opens up when someone dies, and most of the town’s so busy worrying about their silly little politics that they miss what’s happening with the local children.
Interviewer: Oooh, sounds creepy! Are the kids secretly all evil and shit, like Children of the Corn or that Damien kid from The Omen?
Me: No, no, not like that. At first it’s just fairly normal teenage stuff, smoking and sex and acne and trying to fit in, only it gets out of control quickly, and turns to depression and other, ummm, darker paths.
Interviewer: So like Satan-worshipping or muggle-mugging? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Me: No, darker as in seriously depressing teenage shit, the stuff you hope like hell to never go through with your own children. Nothing paranormal, no talking animals or people with funny names (except for the Welsh).
Interviewer: You know, I notice that you keep doing other things while I’m trying to ask you questions. Since we started this interview, you’ve made a smoothie, checked your email a zillion times, fixed another coffee, and decided on a whim to restyle your hair. (Looks fab, by the way.) Are you avoiding this post?