Interviews are an art form in themselves. As such, they’re fictional and arranged. The illusion that what you’re getting is the straight truth from the writer and accurate in every detail is false. The fact is that most writers can’t remember the answers to some of the questions they get asked during interviews, so they make up answers. A lot of the questions are about things they don’t usually think about, or if they do think about them, they don’t think about them at the time of writing. Any memory you have of what you did at the moment of writing is just that, a memory. Like all memories, it’s usually a revision, not the unadulterated experience itself.MARGARET ATWOOD Conversations, edited by Earl G. Ingersoll. Interview conducted by Geoff Hancock in Toronto, Canada, 1986.
Also, writers quite frequently conceal things. They either don’t want them known, or they think of them as trade secrets they don’t want to give away, or they are hooked on some sort of critical theory and they wish to make it appear that their work fits inside the perimeter of that theory. Let’s just state at the beginning that interviews as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth are suspect. They’re fictions.
Mon atelier est en désordre!/My studio is a mess!
Andy, mon voisin! / Andy, my neighbour!