A Q&A with Jessica Treadway
Author of Lacy Eye
Grand Central Publishing, March 2015
Jessica, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us today! I know you’re busy with your writing and academic responsibilities, so we’re deeply appreciative of your time!
Q: First things first! Since we very much live in the age of instant news - especially when it comes to news stories involving incidents similar to what Hanna and her family go through - could you describe Lacy Eye for us in one hundred and forty characters?
Q: You’ve had a range of books published previously, including a wonderful collection of short stories. But Lacy Eye is your first real foray into psychological thrillers. Was there anything specific that inspired you to write Hanna, Joe and Dawn’s story? And did your background as a journalist help drive/inspire how you shaped their story?
Q: I know that each reader typically has their own interpretation of a book, especially when it comes to books with psychological elements. But is there one specific message that you’d want your readers to take away from Lacy Eye?
Q: A lot of your stories are about families, and seen through the eyes of the matriarch of the family. Why do you find characters like Hanna compelling? And what is it about a family’s dynamic that inspires such great storytelling from you?
much is tacit, unspoken. Members of a family don’t typically talk about the big questions (e.g., “Mom, who’s your favorite kid? Who’s the grandchild you’d save first in a fire?”), for the obvious reason that there is no investment in it: nobody wants to answer such a question, and nobody wants to hear the answer (except maybe the favorite kid or the grandchild who gets saved, but I actually believe that the answers would cause them problems, too). And yet despite the fact that we don’t talk about these things, people feel deeply, within families, about who’s the favorite kid or grandchild, and all sorts of other things. What’s especially interesting to me is that what they feel might or might not be true, but they won’t ever know because it doesn’t get talked about.