There is a nice in-depth 3-page interview with Carl Wilson over at the Crawdaddy website.
...which reminds me, the Celine Prediction Contest will be coming up at the end of March 2008. I haven't had a chance to look up the numbers on it, but I feel pretty confident that it won't be #55 as some predicted. Not least because there we haven't yet published 55 books in the series.
Crawdaddy!: Were there other artists besides Celine Dion that you considered for this project? Could you have examined, for instance, Kenny G, or is there something unique about her?Carl Wilson: I considered some other artists—Kenny G is a good example, and I thought about the Eagles, for example, who have the best-selling album ever; while I was working on the book I came to think that the current most-reviled act, the equivalent of Celine's stature earlier in the decade, is probably Nickelback, who are also Canadian and therefore a band that I take somewhat personally. I have to confess that I'm happy I didn't have to spend a lot of time listening to Nickelback.