Author Lily King talks about her book Euphoria during her Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Roundtable presentation at 3:30 PM on Thursday, July 28, 2016, in the Hall of Philosophy. The book is inspired by the life of Margaret Mead, but King said she knew early on that Euphoria had to be a novel, not a biography.
“I really wanted it to feel real, to be a real experience, not just something that teaches people about a particular time in a person’s life,” King said.
Part of King’s research process involved using index cards, she said.
“I thought, ‘Real researchers get index cards,’” King said. “So, I went to Rite Aid and got a huge stack of index cards. And I wrote out every single note that I thought was important and I put it on an index card.”
She ended up with a giant pile of material, she said, and realized she was procrastinating. Once she began writing the novel, she said she had to start making the story up on the spot.
“Part of it was that I felt a little chained to fact,” King said. “The novelist in me was like, ‘Let me go! I have things to do here, I can’t pay attention to all these facts.’”
Photo by Carolyn Brown.
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