Joyce Carol Oates Goes Tabloid!

In her 37th novel, My Sister, My Love (Ecco), the best-selling author is inspired by the still unsolved JonBenet Ramsey crime.

You tell your story from the viewpoint of Skyler Rampike, the brother of a 6-year-old murder victim. Why this case? I wanted to write about a young person from a tabloid-target family. I had originally thought of writing about someone like the daughter of O.J. Simpson.

Why do you think the real JonBenet was such a riveting figure? The image of the beautiful, young, innocent child who had been made up to look much older by her mother--a sexualized infant--was a very perverse and alarming image to many people.

What do you think of the tabloids? I talk about Tabloid Hell...

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