Sean Ferrell – The Author Talks About Numb the Character

It’s great to have you back after the first part of the interview with novelist Sean Ferrell – The Author Talks About Writing.

Today, we continue with Sean talking about Numb the main character of his book (the book is also called Numb). I had 3 questions for Sean about his main character and I must admit, and he can verify, that these questions popped into my head while writing my email to Sean. It’s cool that Sean doesn’t mind me being silly. Well, read on and you’ll understand what I mean:

1) If your character could take 3 items on a desert island, what would he take?

I don’t think he would want to take anything. Numb is a pretty unattached guy: at one point he becomes very aware of the uselessness of the materialistic items around him. So, the metaphysical answer to the question would be: nothing.

However, that’s not a fun answer, so: he would take a hammer, his suit, and a ceramic mask.

2) Is the character based on yourself or someone you know or was he conjured up totally from your imagination?


I’m not trying to be difficult, but I think that he is all three, an amalgam of me and others and imagination, and I think that if I tried too hard to break him apart and “know” where he came from I wouldn’t have been able to write the novel. Sometimes its just best to listen to our characters instead of picking them apart.

3) If your main character could be an animal, what would he want to be and why?

A monkey, for two reasons. First: monkey is an awesome word and can’t be said enough. Try. Monkey monkey monkey. By the third monkey it’s like heaven.

Second, when I think of a monkey I think of an animal that seems observant and soulful. Numb is both, or at least he is to me.

Somebody ask Sean what he means by saying his character would bring a suit and a ceramic mask. Is it for fun? See, the hammer I understand. I’m dying to ask and should have asked but did not ask. So I’m asking now. Why the suit and ceramic mask? You may think I’m taking this questioning and answering a bit too seriously. You’re probably right. I’m just curious. Sean? Why? You’re going to say they were just random items that came to mind and now under such intense scrutiny you feel you’ve got to make up a reason?

Okay, I’ll quit provoking you.

While we wait for an answer…you could chant monkey monkey monkey to see if it’s like heaven… or you could watch this funny Numb book trailer – no, this book trailer is not the one I responded to – see previous post – this is another one (exact title and video taken from Janet Reid’s website):

Hell with 2010…the world might end Wednesday

Monkey, monkey, monkey…Monkey, monkey, monkey….Monkey, monkey, monkey…

And no, I did not make this up.

Sean, tell them I did not make up the answers.

People please.

Oh, don’t go yet.

Just a reminder, the third part of the interview: Sean Ferrell Talks About the Book Trailer Numb will be posted on Friday.

Yes, I am dragging it out. I’m just too long-winded and frankly I fear for your health, and Sean’s of course.

Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

I have Twitter and Hootsuite. Oh yeah. I’ve been playing…and probably annoying. All in the name of work.

Monkey, monkey, monkey…I think I feel it’s like heaven.

Try it.

Then find Sean on Twitter @byseanferrell and let him know if you feel it’s like heaven.

Oh, and according to Janet Reid, the world is ending today. So get out there and do something.

Published by HarperPerennial, Numb is out in August 2010.

Numb ~ Review from Publisher’s Weekly
Sean Ferrell, Harper Perennial, $13.99 paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-194650-9
In Ferrell’s offbeat debut, an amnesiac joins a Texas circus where his inability to feel pain makes him a big-top hit and earns him the name Numb. After a haunting experience wrestling a lion, Numb and his best friend, Mal, give up the circus for life in New York, where they live in a crappy hotel and make a living as a lowrent one-man freak show. When Numb lands a talent agent and begins to move up through the layers of celebrity, he leaves Mal behind for a cast of characters including a blind artist girlfriend and bad news model Emilia. But in Numb’s world, nothing hurts much at all, so Mal comes back and predictably turns things upside down, despite the men’s bond being difficult to comprehend. There are captivating moments and passages, but details like Numb’s rise to recognized-on-the-street fame aren’t sufficiently explained and require a hefty suspension of disbelief. Though some of the storytelling nuts and bolts are missing, the book has a lot of heart. (Aug.)

(via Sean Ferrell’s website)

[All photos used belong to Sean Ferrell]

Sean Ferrell – The Author Talks About Writing

Sean Ferrell – The Author Talks About the Book Trailer Numb

Chuck Sambuchino – An Interview: Published Book, Writing and a Writer’s Life (Part 1)

“You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.”

Caroline Myss – Author

CURRENT STATUS: Reminder, Motivator and Review Meeting (Read on if you want to join me in my Corporation of One meeting)

What l have learnt:

  • Ebooks. More angst. Read When Assholes Collide by Matt Stewart (via Huffington Post).
  • “Electronic rights are not e-book rights”. Read E-book Traps by Ron Knight (via Something to think about.
  • Could ‘The Jackal’ be the Death of Publishing? (via The Independent). I don’t know.
  • There’s a 3 day novel writing contest in September. It sounds crazy to write a novel in 3 days and I’m tempted to try it.
  • Mythbusting by Rachelle Gardner. It’s good to know.

What I have done:

  • Learning about Squidoo.
  • I cleaned my room and the bathroom. Ah, the smell of fresh linen. A gleaming bathroom is a wonderful bathroom.

WORD COUNT: Night Walker 135,000 in total. Tuesday 27 July 2,000 words.

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6 Responses to Sean Ferrell – The Author Talks About Numb the Character

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  2. Harley says:

    The ceramic mask! It has meaning and it is a beautiful. It is not a random object and it will make you weep. WEEP I TELL YOU.

    Read the book.

  3. Jessie Mac says:

    Ah, I get it. I must admit I’ve not read the book. Once it’s out though, in August, I’ll buy it just to weep. And I will remember you when I do. Thanks for visiting Harley.

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