INTERVIEW: Simon R. Green, Author of “Dorothy Dreams”

Simon R. Green has written over forty books, all of them different. He has written eight Deathstalker books, twelve Nightside books, and thinks trilogies are for wimps. His current series are the Secret Histories, featuring Shaman Bond, the very secret agent, and The Ghost Finders, featuring traditional hauntings in modern settings. He acts in open air productions of Shakespeare, rides motorbikes, and loves old time silent films. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies Mean Streets, Unusual Suspects, Powers of Detection, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, The Way of the Wizard, The Living Dead 2, Those Who Fight Monsters, Dark Delicacies III,and Home Improvements: Undead Edition.

Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?

It’s all about where children really go in these marvelous adventures.

What was the genesis of the story–what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?

John and Doug made me do it.

Was this story a particularly challenging one to write? If so, how?

These wonderful children’s fantasies are still the heartbeat in all modern fantasy. We are all standing on the shoulders of giants.

Most authors say all their stories are personal. If that’s true for you, in what way was this story personal to you?

We all get to go home. Nothing is ever lost, nothing is ever forgotten.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I re-read the original Oz book, and was surprised how different it was from my memory of it.

What is the appeal of Oz? Why do you think readers/viewers love it so much?

There is a better world.

What are some of your favorite Oz memories (whether from the books or the various movies, or other “reimagining’s”), and what makes them your favorites?

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Is there a better song?

What do you think about the new Oz movie coming out in March, Oz: The Great and Powerful? Excited? Dubious? Some combination of both?

Sam Raimi, Mister Evil Dead and Spiderman Guru, making an Oz film? I can’t wait to see it.