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The story of Metropolis is entirely a work of fiction, but there are little snippets of my life, emotional resonances and incidences, concealed here and there. I’m talking here about conversations between my character Julian and his father, and certain moments Julian shares with his lover, Nina, and perhaps fragments of dialogue with certain other characters in the novel. Perhaps my readers will recognize these and muse on what’s true and what’s invented. I drew on those thoughts and feelings consciously in this scene and that for inspirations of the heart. Likewise, those memories of my past seemed to assert themselves into the narrative perhaps as a way to anchor me to the story as a way of reminding myself that all stories are, in one way or another, universal in how we think and feel and act in this world.
JACKBOSTON: Jack Rochester of Fictional Café also interview of Monte Schulz: Metropolis – A Brilliant New Novel by Monte Schulz
Monte is an immensely talented long-form writer. He has the ability to hold the panoply of characters, environments and events in his mind and to write free-form, without the aid of an outline or external structuring devices writers commonly utilize. He says, “For Metropolis, I made up everything, and actually the book was not hard to write. It was really easy to write. It was a full visitation from the Muses for nine months.”
Today, we join Monte Schulz in celebrating the publication of his latest epic with an excerpt and a conversation.
In the author’s own words, “Metropolis is a dystopian novel about a society troubled by the effects of crime, disease and social disorder. It’s also a love story, a coming-of-age novel, about a college student who’s leading an ordinary life until one day he falls in love with a beautiful bohemian revolutionary who leads him into a maze of events, a mystery involving eugenics in Metropolis, and a war occurring in distant lands that has killed millions of people over the past 60 years.”
Literary inspirations are quite elusive, difficult to identify. That genesis of a book or story idea that appears out nowhere when nothing was present before. Harder yet to retrieve when the origin of the idea has fallen back into the past.
# What is/are the real-life story(ies) behind your book(s)?
The story of Metropolis is entirely a work of fiction, but there are little snippets of my life, emotional resonances and incidences, concealed here and there. I’m talking here about conversations between my character Julian and his father, and certain moments Julian shares with his lover…