A Q&A with Rich Shapero
Q: Artwork appears in the digital versions of most of your novels, but there is a striking connection between Ramón Alejandro’s paintings and the specific events and ideas in Island Fruit Remedy.
RS: In no other project is the correspondence so close. It was a collaboration in every respect, from character to plot to setting to theme. The idea for the story germinated in the eighties, long before I knew Ramón’s work. But I couldn’t figure out how to tell the story. Ramón gave me the characters and events, and it was his outlook on gender that helped me make Wood’s experience concrete.
Q: Most of your past projects have combined book, music and art, but this one features animations set to music. Why the change?
RS: Experimentation is one of life’s great pleasures. And animation seemed a nice way to express Island Fruit Remedy’s playfulness.