Author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, etc.

C.M. Mayo < Books < The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire < Tussie-Mussie <

From the 5/4/09 interview on
Savvy Verse & Wit blog:

It has a Jamesian "roving central intelligence," which is a fancy way of saying it dips in and out of a multitude of points of view. In early drafts, I kept trying to get rid of characters— but they did not want to go! And more kept popping up! Certainly it's easier to sell a novel with one main character. It's asking a lot of the reader to keep track of such a crowd. But I came to realize that all of these many characters are absolutely necessary for this story because the main protagonist is not a person but an idea: the prince is the symbol of the future of the empire— the idea of Mexico as an empire, Mexicans not as citizens, but as subjects.

How does the story of the prince— the story of this idea— live, evolve and ultimately fail? We have to go into the minds of others to find out. There are a few important recurring characters, such as the prince's parents, his nanny, Maximilian, and Charlotte, but there are also a maid, a cook, a bandit, a visiting Belgian aristocrat, General Almonte and General Bazaine, the U.S. Minister to France, his wife, a bookseller, soldiers, Prince Louis of France, a dentist, the widow of a Mexican politician, Father Fischer, Cardinal Antonelli, the Pope— yes! even Pope Pio Nono (Pius IX)— and so on.

>>Read more about the novel at Q & A (which includes a Reader's Guide).