of the Sentinel Konah
It was a dream come true for 400 lucky Stephen King fans earlier this month.
The best-selling horror author of all time and his son Owen King were invited to Missoula on Oct. 2, 2017 by Shakespeare and Co. to discuss their new novel Sleeping Beauties at the Dennison Theatre.
And they didn't disappoint. While their language is not for the feint of heart, (many f-bombs and other profanities proliferated), the hour-long chat ended much to soon for the audience.
The session started with both Kings reciting passages from their new novel, discussing the specific topics and issues that litter the collaboration.
The second half of the session consisted of an informative, and somewhat revealing, Q&A. The questions came with answers both personal, and hilarious.
They discussed moments from their past, such as how Stephen King would make his kids record books on tape for allowance money. He also talked briefly about his accident a while back where he was struck by a car. These moments all changed how he writes today.
The duo also discussed their process of writing---a big hit for the literary crowd. Owen talked about how his first thought for a job was not to be a writer, but after watching and absorbing his father's lifestyle, he fell in love.
However, he did admit that the amount of work his parents (his mom is author Tabitha King) put into their writing seemed intimidating. They would go to their offices at 9 a.m. and often not reemerge until 7 p.m. doing nothing but writing, which was not Owen's idea of a good time. (Stephen devotes himself to writing 10 publishable pages a day.)
Owen's attitude, of course, changed as he got older, which helped lead into a create of father-son collaboration, Sleeping Beauties.
Owen and Stephen talked about how the book was originally going to be a miniseries, but the idea evolved into something much more complex.
Owen talked with his father about the idea and insisted he write it, but the idea changed after Stephen recommended they would write together.
This turned into a family affair worth fighting over. They constantly sent each other drafts and what they wanted int the novel.
The tedious process of editing back and forth eventually turned into their new powerful dual-written book.
Sleeping Beauties, all 444 pages of it, is based on the premise of what would happen if all of the women in the world went to sleep--indefinitely.
The night ended with everyone leaving in an orderly fashion, where at the exit they received their own copy of this exciting literary marvel---and some even received autographed copies.
Those lucky enough to attend definitely received a true treat for Halloween.