Roger Maunder

The filmmaker and recent novelist answers 10-ish questions.

What started off as a feature film script six years ago has been developed into a complete novel, Mundy Pond, published by the Creative Book Publishers’ imprint Killick Press. The book follows two boys as they go through a turning point in their lives in the summer of 1978.

The Mundy Pond of the late 70s was a special place for Roger Maunder, who grew up there.

“There were the hard tickets and the hearts of gold,” he says. “It was the perfect place for a kid to follow his imagination, and create any kind of world that he wanted to create.”

“It’s totally a work of fiction,” he says, “but I knew what all the area was like back then.”

Used to working in film, putting the novel together was an unusual experience for him.

“Films are a huge team effort aiming toward the one goal,” Maunder says, “but when you’re writing a novel, it’s really just you in front of a computer trying to imagine all this and put it on the page.”

Mundy Pond will be officially launched on Tuesday, May 29 at the LSPU Hall. 7-9pm

What is your current obsession?
My children. For sure. I just had a little baby girl, Clare, who is 8 months old.

And I also recently bought the new Joel Plaskett CD, which I listen to constantly. [laugh]

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
“Peace, love and understanding,” to quote Elvis Costello.

What super-power do you secretly possess?
…You know, I’ve never told anyone before except for my partner Colleen, but there’s times that I—and I don’t know if everybody has this, or if everyone will think I’m a nut—but every once in a while I get this godawful feeling in my stomach and my bones. The first time I got it, I was like “What is it?” and it turns out somebody close to us had passed away.

So every time I get that feeling now, I tell my wife I think someone has just passed away or is going to. And it seems like it happens. Which is very bizarre.

…It’s only happened around three or four times in my life, but I remember the first time was someone really close.

But there are people dying all the time, so I don’t know how much of a super power it is.

What is your principal defect?
Worry. [laugh]

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of when my kids call me “Dad” or “Daddy.” Especially now that my little girl is starting to say the word “Dada.” It’s a miracle.

What sound or noise do you despise?
A vacuum or a lawn mower too early in the morning. …That and screaming. Screaming drives me right up the wall. Screaming doesn’t get anybody anywhere.

What job other that your own would you like to attempt?
…Maybe a newscaster.

I was going to say politician, but that’s probably one of the jobs that I would not want to do. All kinds of screaming going on with that, whether it’d be other politicians or your constituents.

What job would you not like to do?
You know, I washed windows for ten years, hanging off buildings on ropes. Did that for too long. I was doing that to finance some of the movies that I was doing here and in Toronto.

The buildings are a lot higher in Toronto, so I never want to do that again.

But hey, you never know! I might be calling up my old boss next year asking for a job.

Where (other than Newfoundland or Labrador) would you like to live?

I can’t see myself living anywhere but Newfoundland… But I went over to Ireland a couple of years ago and liked that, so maybe Ireland.

…Somebody really needs to invent a teleporter machine.

How would you like to die?
With everybody else. [laugh]

5 comments

  1. rachel · December 11, 2012

    Relevant but not essential to know…. What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding? was not written by Elvis Costello. The song was written by Nick Lowe who originally recorded it five years before it was released by Costello on the album Armed Forces, which was produced by Nick Lowe. Elvis Costello’s version is probably the most popular, but it has appeared on over twenty recordings by different artists. * that last bit i discovered on Wikipedia (which i just visited for the very first time to make sure i had my facts straight).