Monday, October 19, 2015

Brian Selznick and THE MARVELS

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.


Louise Plummer said...

Ann, this is such a fine interview. It will sell books. It sold me on Brian Selznick.

Paige said...

To have that kind of brain that can think and draw like that! Sounds like a book to have in a home library so that it can be looked at again and again.

And since I was planning on going to TKE to see Ms. Bardugo in person and I couldn't make it I still don't have 6 of Crows! What am I thinking? Glad to hear you liked it. I'm looking forward to the read. She creates superb characters.