EC: Where did the title WOOL come from? For me, I love that it’s the physical representation of an idea that I think everyone instantly responds to which is, things are not what they seem to be, or you are being lied to, or life will not unfold as you expect it to. Wool to me can be so many things to so many people, and that is one of the reasons I think readers are gobbling your stuff up so readily, and screaming for more. but how did that idea/concept/title begin in your mind.
Hugh: The obvious two meanings are the wool pads used for cleaning and the metaphor for having the wool pulled over one’s eyes, which is the meaning you’re referring to. The latter meaning is really what I was after with the title. I wanted that to become clear to the reader early on, that they had to decide if the wallscreens represented truth or fiction. That quandary should hang over the entire reading, torturing imaginations right up to the very end. If I’ve done my job correctly, that is.
Since the story expanded, I’ve attached even more meanings to the title. It’s an acronym for the silo project. It can refer to the sheep-like nature of people who follow blindly. It can refer to our willingness to be fleeced over and over by those who have power and control over us. And it can reference the things people count to get more sleep, which I’ve been told the series greatly interferes with.