Here's the interview I did with Brian Selznick about his new book, THE MARVELS. I'm always interested in other writers' processes.
Meanwhile, I just finished SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, which I hugely enjoyed. In fact, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it. When I asked myself what she was doing so well, I arrived at these conclusions.
1. She's a good writer with a strong sense of scene and character.
2. She's using the LOTR template for her story's structure.
Here's the thing. I (to my intense astonishment) love LOTR. And SIX OF CROWS is kind of a riff on that. There's a company. And there's a journey. And there's a quest. Only there are more females involved (yes!) and instead of being heroes, Bardugo's characters are mostly anti-heroes.
And also in my head I think one of the characters looks like Chris Hemsworth or possibly Armie Hammer. So there's that.