I got a chance to interview T.Z. Wallace over on my writing blog--check out the full interview there. Meanwhile, here are a wordsmith's most important sounds!
Petre Pan: What is the most important sound in the world--if you had to sum up the entire world in one sound, what would that sound be?
T.Z.: The sound of the word “mom.” That sound encompasses childlike innocence and uncertainty and fear and hope and desperation and promise. It is the sound that calls to me in the night and rouses me from the warmth and safety of my bed. It is the sound that calls forth everything fearless and primal in me.
Petre Pan: What sound would describe your writing style?
T.Z.: The sound, “Ahh!” I try to craft my stories so that the readers get to piece things together and have moments of discovery and excitement. Things that may have initially seemed unimportant may have a larger meaning; I love the idea of readers scrutinizing words and phrases, places and things to try to determine whether they serve a greater purpose in the story. I have read books like that…where I was “rewarded” for remembering a detail, some minutia, and I always felt like the author and I shared a secret. I love that feeling and I want to give that to my readers.
= ) Keep searching for sounds.