Conversation with Lacey Jane Henson
This Thursday at 7 pm Lacey Jane Henson will read her story Trigger at Hollow Earth Radio.
We had a little q&a with Lacey to talk about point of view shifts in her story:
The Furnace: Trigger shifts between first and third person in a way so subtle that upon first read I didn’t even notice. Can you say something about this decision to play with point of view?
LJH: It was fun to revisit the story for The Furnace and realize how many of those shifts there were. It made it easy to bring in other readers for the performance, and also to play around with that even more, so the reading will be more balanced between the three of us.I think part of the reason the shifts are so subtle is because I made them intuitively as I was writing. I had read a few screenplays around that time, and so that format worked its way into the story as both a thematic and structural element. I think it’s true, too, that the everything is still in the narrator’s voice, whether it’s in first or third person, and that adds to the subtlety as well. Using the third person helped illustrate her sense of remove, as well as her attempts to analyze her motivations and actions. She’s really trying to bore into what happened, and look at it from every angle, which includes trying to imagine herself from the outside.