We're All Damaged

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Twitter Questions

On Sunday, I asked the Twitterverse if they had any questions for me about, well, anything. Here they are, along with my answers.  

@MatthewHanover asked:
What are your desert island all time top five novels? 

This is the kind of question that a guy like me could spend hours and hours suffering over. I'm not going to do that, though. Instead, I'm going to answer quickly and just go with it. Straight Man by Richard Russo, The Catcher in the Rye by Mr. Salinger, The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter, Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin, and Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. And, honorable mention...The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever because there is so much brilliance there. The story The Swimmer will tear your heart out.

@MatthewHanover also asked:
Does Lad Lit have to be comedy?

When it comes to writing, generally speaking, I'm uncomfortable with classifying things by certain genres. It feels very limiting to me. I'm even more uncomfortable with the idea that something "has to" be something. However, that said, if you're a male writer and you write about a male character and you don't do so with comedy, readers will be far less likely to categorize your book as "Lad Lit." They'd probably just say it's literary fiction.

@blackstuff1991 asked:
How did Daisy's character develop? Better yet, what inspired her character?

It's tough to talk about Daisy in detail without unleashing spoilers. However, I'll say this: of all the characters I've written, none have changed as much as Daisy from first draft to final product. When I started writing the book, Daisy lived in New York, had no tattoos, and owned a perfectly harmless backstory. The Daisy that ended up in the final draft was the product of me trying very hard to shake up a story that needed to be shaken up. I wanted the "new" Daisy to do three things:

1. Leave the reader conflicted. Ultimately, is she good or is she bad?
2. Force Andy as far outside of his comfort zone as possible.
3. Reveal a level of depth to the story of Henry, Andy's dying grandfather. 

What inspired her? I honestly don't know. I just pieced her together over time, I guess.

@LadyGDuran asked:
What music do you like? Favorites? 

U2, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The Stereophonics, The Black Keys, The Beatles, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and the Rolling Stones would probably make up my all-star team. However, over the last few years, I've tried to branch out and let some different types of music into the mix, like Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift (thanks to my daughters, mostly), and Bruno Mars. I also recently discovered an incredible band called Legends of Country. They're an all-Brit group who plays old school country-inspired music that is just wonderful. Check them out here!

@idgieatthedew asked:
Will reviewers be able to get their hands on it? DV was reviewed on the Dew and I look forward to more Norman.

Such a businessy question. Yes! Reviewers are a big part of the communications strategy for any book in this day and age, and We're All Damaged is no different. I'll DM you my publicity contact right now. She's very nice. Check your inbox.



  1. Thank you for answering my businessy question. :) Got your DM, have worked with your publicist before and will contact her right away! Thanks Norman!

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