Following up my account posted here of writing stories for cell phones in Japan, Ben Dooley at the excellent blog themillions just did a substantial freewheeling interview with me on the subject. A sample question:
The Millions: Do you think it could work in the U.S.? If not, what's different about Japan that makes cell phone novels/stories viable?
Ben did an earlier excellent piece on keitai novels (as cell phone lit in Japan is called), in the wake of a recent NY Times article. He translated excerpts from some of the big sellers in the genre over there -- the big sellers sell in the millions.
And now the also excellent blog futureof thebook has done a fine follow-up about themillions interview .
Perhaps the format is starting to catch some attention over here; it's roared in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.
Appreciations to uber.com, where this piece first appeared on my blog Brain Flakes.