Short, Sharp Interview: Libby Cudmore

The Big Rewind CoverPDB: What’s going on now?

Right now?  At this moment?  I’m drinking coffee in my kitchen in my dinosaur hoodie.  But overall?  My debut novel, The Big Rewind, is just about to be released, and I couldn’t be more excited.


PDB: How did you research The Big Rewind?

In researching The Big Rewind, I really started going through my music collection.  All the chapters are named after songs, so I had to have a wide variety of genres and artists.  I reference everything from the Spice Girls to Steely Dan.  There were a lot of mornings spent with my headphones on, just going through albums and Spotify playlists and mix CDs.


I also spent a lot of time in New York, just taking in what was happening there.  But I wanted to capture how I felt about living in New York when I did, so I went back through old notebooks and journals I kept when I was there, and made notes about what I had seen and experienced.


PDB: What were your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programmes of 2015?

My favorite song of 2015 was “Hot Traveler” by Failure from their album The Heart is a Monster.  I saw them at this little hole-in-the-wall venue with my best friend/writing partner Matthew, and was just completely mesmerized.  It’s music you feel in your chest; it’s dark and beautiful.


PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Location is crucial to my writing.  New York changes so quickly these days, and in creating the Barter Street district where my story takes place, I was able to write about the New York that I knew and loved.  But even as I was writing, the Grey’s Papaya in the village, which had been there forever, closed, so I had to go back and change a scene where a character mentions going there.


LCudmorePDB: What’s next?

I’m working on a new novel, as well as a few short stories.  I’ve also become re-obsessed with vinyl, so I’ve been live-tweeting pieces of my collection every weekend, with the hashtag #RecordSaturday.  I’ve done The Vapors, Oingo Boingo, The Smiths and the Flashdance soundtrack.  I’ve got some great, weird vinyl.


LIBBY CUDMORE worked in video stores, bookstores and temp agencies before settling down in Upstate New York to write. THE BIG REWIND is her first novel, and her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click, Big Lucks, the HANZAI JAPAN anthology and others.