What is the name of the book and when was it published?
Spoon and the Moon was published in 2012.
What’s the book’s first line?
“Most Holstein cows do not live in 19th century mansions.”
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Recent winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for LGBT fiction, gold medal winner of the international eLit Awards and third place winner of the Best App Ever Awards, Spoon and the Moon is a whimsically risqué fairytale. This interactive book for adults has clever animations, a hot soundtrack by musicians from Europe and North America, all woven through a magical storyline. Once again, Wickedly Sisters have created a wildly imaginative story full of humor, a twinge of tenderness and a heaping of unexpected turns.
Finally, after years of “slicing and dicing hearts better than any Roncomatic product, Lil was ready to try love on again.” Yes, love again, despite the adoration of her precious spoon. Here is a cast of unique characters that include a lactose intolerant cow, a devious little dog, a two-fingered hero and a lying pair of panties. But, watch out . . . this Wishing Star isn’t cute or cuddly, and while everyone will have wishes come true, wishes are tricky and fate is undependable, if not murderous.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
Spoon and the Moon was inspired by a brush with death. In 2003, Margaret had major surgery on her back. Unfortunately, the procedure left her with a stubborn staph (MRSA) infection in the spine. The surgeon ordered an I.V. antibiotic and we quickly found out that she was extremely allergic to this medication as she swelled up like a blueberry, kind of like that kid in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (sorry no YouTube videos). After a few days in the hospital, they transferred Margaret to a nursing home. Usually three out of five succumb to this particular bug and fortunately we didn’t know at the time how close she was close to dying. Nonetheless, we recognized that the circumstances were grave.
“When things get bad, we get laughing!” So Marie began writing vignettes and calling me (Margaret) in the evenings at the nursing home. The staff would come to my room, put me in a wheelchair, and roll me down to the front desk phone, where I would listen to Marie’s latest story. Everyone wanted to know why I was laughing so hard—but I couldn’t tell—some bits were naughty.
Every night, without fail, Marie would call me, and it is hard to explain how much I looked forward to these calls. I would close my eyes and instantly be transported into a different world, no longer bound to this earth by invisible cords of pain. As I slowly healed, those vignettes took on a life of their own, eventually morphing into Spoon and the Moon. It became clear that writing and editing the stories with Marie was a segue in our lives, taking us in an entirely new direction. We renamed ourselves Wickedly Sisters and began writing fiction full-time.
As the prologue to our book reads, “This story was written so that one woman could laugh herself well . . . and she did!”
What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?
“What makes love stay?” All the residents of Spoon and the Moon at one time or another asked that question. The spoon thought selfless devotion stayed love, the bowl believed love stayed for great sex, the drag queen was certain it took an effervescent personality, the Two-Fingered hero said, “It takes courage!” The bitter dog didn’t believe in love, the mute giant prayed that it was God’s will that love would stay. Elsa, the cow, knew love couldn’t stay, so it was best to be alone, and Lil, our main character, thought, “I figure that if love stays, it’s probably just dumb luck. But, lately I’m thinking that when we stop believing that anything is possible, that’s when things start becoming impossible.”
Yes, the characters in Spoon and the Moon are an odd assortment. However, their struggles for love and fulfillment are universal. As the cow sobs one evening, “ My dreams are only haunting nightmares of wishes I can never have.”
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
Spoon and the Moon is the first in an entirely new art form—exploring the confluence of the visual, musical and literary arts. Media Voyagers traveling through this book will get an early glimpse into the direction literature will be moving throughout the 21st century.