S.E. Boyd is the creation of veteran journalists Kevin Alexander and Joe Keohane, and editor Alessandra Lusardi. All lightly damaged Catholics prone to extensive over-analysis, Alexander, Keohane, and Lusardi have, between them, authored four books, edited dozens more, and written for Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among others. Alexander also won a James Beard Award for food writing, a fact Keohane and Lusardi are both tired of hearing about. They joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about their first novel, The Lemon.
- How our celebrity-obsessed culture influenced the book’s premise, and their particular fascination with what they call “the Celebrity-Death-Industrial Complex.”
- Their unique writing process, and why it has more in common with a TV writers’ room than typical novel-writing.
- Why the character at the center of the book is called John Doe: “In dying famous, he became the property of others; he is a cipher for whatever you want him to mean to you.”
- Their backgrounds in the food industry, print and digital media, and publishing, and how that insider knowledge informs THE LEMON
- Why they were drawn to writing about the food world – and why food celebrities are “often the most entertaining.”
- Their research for the book, and how various plot threads – about music, Belfast and Northern Ireland, upscale design firms, and more – came to be.
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Connect with the authors behind S.E. Boyd
Allesandra Lusardi: https://www.instagram.com/alelusardi/
Kevin Alexander: https://www.instagram.com/kevinalexanderwrites/
Joe Koehane: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-keohane-7969769/
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