About the Interview Style



I could have done things differently, but I didn't . . .

I could have interviewed Diana on the balcony of Hotel Fleischerbeck where, in April, the street below was empty and the only sound came from the hourly clanging of the village church bell. Instead, I chose the journey to the Jungfrauboch and Lucerne where the images seen through the window raced by and the noise of train engines overpowered our voices.

I could have prepped Diana with questions and allowed her to recite her response as a coherent essay. Instead, I chose to let the questions flow, and her responses go where the spirit took her.

I could have recorded our conversation with pad and paper and avoided shooting footage of Diana altogether. Instead, I kept the camera trained on her face, train windows, and a mountain landscape even as her face grimaced and bristled, the trains passed through tunnels, and snow bleached out the landscape.

Hell, I could have allowed Diana to comb her hair. . .

I realize, in retrospect, that I could have done things a lot differently. But if I had, readers would have not experienced Diana's ethereal quality or my love for spontaneity. In other words, the interview would have lost its edge. Mea culpa, anyway.