Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Feature - Once Upon a Clockwork Tale

Welcome to Day 2 of our four day feature!

Hands and Grater - Robin Wyatt Dunn

Hands and Grater don't understand their mother's unique love for them. For how much love can a machine truly give? As Grimm originally intended, this is a bildungsroman, a tale of two young people coming of age in a time and place filled with danger and joy. The time has come for brother and sister to leave the nest, and learn their true nature, and the nature of their mother.


Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, in Echo Park. He is thirty-three years old.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Born on a ranch, I learned early the value of a cow: as smart as you, she knows when to run away from an unscrupulous publisher.

What interested you in rewriting Hansel and Gretel in a steampunk setting?

It's scary.

I have to ask. Why did you write it the way you did? I found it to be very interesting.

It's a modernist form;  deconstruction calls attention to the seams and absences in what we understand as narrative.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your story?
The deadline; I had to write it in 3 weeks.

What’s your favorite part of your story? Of the anthology?

I like when Grater turns into a robot.  She's like a Reverend Mother, inheriting her ancestors' wisdom.

If you’d been a part of Hands and Grater’s world, what do you think your role would have been?

I probably would have been the crazy guy with the mechanical dogs.

What plans do you have for the future?
Burroughs had it right: happiness takes struggle. It's not a state of being like nirvana.

I think happiness is the pursuit of it: you never attain it.

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