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For Today I Am a Boy
"A sharply written debut novel. A coming-of-age tale for our time."
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Created: 05/27/15

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davinamw

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Please post your questions for the author

In June 2015 Kim Fu graciously answered questions posed by BookBrowse members. Below are her responses.
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Posted Jun. 01, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ABeman

Join Date: 01/14/15

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Is there an inciting incident (or person) that inspired you to write this book?

I was finishing an undergraduate degree in psychology, about seven years ago now, and so I was immersed in scientific literature about gender, and a lot of people around me were grappling with personal questions of identity. Around this time, I came across the story of Christine Daniels, a columnist for the L.A. Times who transitioned very publically at the age of 50. She lived and wrote as Christine Daniels for just over a year before abruptly changing her byline back to "Mike Penner," her birth name, then committed suicide. I found myself thinking a lot about the fifty years she lived before transitioning, the everyday conflict of it, before I even knew I wanted to write about it.

But really, I have a million answers to this question, and none of them feels quite right. A novel is so big and complicated that inspiration comes in from all sides.


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ABeman

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The timing of this book seems so ideal. How do you feel about this trans-themed trend right now?

Being that I started writing in 2009, there's no way I could have predicted this huge cultural shift. I was just talking to Jack Halberstam, a queer studies/culture scholar (for something else I'm writing), and he pointed out that no one TV show or representation makes a difference on its own; it's about the larger landscape. Things change in art and media at the same time things change in people's personal lives and change institutionally. It all happens at once.


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ABeman

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Who are the authors you read for inspiration in your own writing? What about authors you read for your own true self, whether they inspire your writing or not?

I don't read explicitly for inspiration -- it's all pleasure! Writers I aspire to be like in one way or another: Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, David Rakoff, Yiyun Li. Two books I read recently and absolutely loved: In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell and Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald.


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reene

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Your portrayal of Peter's feelings throughout the story was so accurate and sensitive. You covered him as a child, an adolescent and an adult. What amount of time did you have to spend on research for the book?

I spent about nine months reading and talking to people, but I didn't know I was researching for a novel at the time -- I was just pursuing a line of thought that interested me. I continued to read and talk through the next three years of writing.


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reene

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After such a successful first novel, do have any plans for a second novel?

Yes, I do! But the details are still a secret for now :)


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