November Road by Lou Berney

November Road by Lou Berney

This week’s Creator Conversation Q&A is with author Lou Berney about a thriller and love novel set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination, November Road.

What can readers expect when they pick up a copy of November Road?

NOVEMBER ROAD is a thriller and a love story set in 1963, right around the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s a novel about two people from very different worlds whose paths cross unexpectedly – and who end up changing each other in ways they don’t expect.

How do you describe yourself and what you do?

I’m a novelist. I try to write novels that force a reader to keep turning the pages to find out what’s going to happen next.

What got you interested in writing stories?

I come from a family of very good storytellers, so I think writing novels is probably in my blood. I was also encouraged by mother and older sisters to read and write from a very early age.

For me, writing fiction is a lot of trial and error, a lot of drafts of the same scene. I take a wrong turn, go back, and try a different direction.

What was the greatest challenge you overcame in writing November Road?

For me, writing fiction is a lot of trial and error, a lot of drafts of the same scene. I take a wrong turn, go back, and try a different direction. When you’re on deadline, that can be a very stressful process. But it’s the only process that seems to work for me.

What inspired the book?

One of the main characters in NOVEMBER ROAD was inspired by my mother, who passed away several years ago. She grew up poor and never had many opportunities, but she was the smartest, most resilient person I’ve ever known. Going through some old family photos from before I was born, I started to wonder what her life might have been like if she’d made some different choices.

Where are some great places to go in Oklahoma for inspiration?

I spent a lot of time in Guthrie when I was researching NOVEMBER ROAD, because it’s so evocative and striking (and it still feels like 1963 there in a lot of ways). I also drove the route of old Highway 66 from Oklahoma City to the Texas border. That landscape can be so cinematic and dramatic.


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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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