The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Release date: September 15, 2015
St. Martin's Griffin, 320 pages
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1. Is there anything in particular that inspired you to write this story?
The story started with the idea of these two different shows—mermaid performers, and winged tree climbers who are half-dancer, half-tightrope walker. Those two shows could be allies, but they could just as easily be enemies. And I loved exploring that in a setting that had the clarity of sky versus water. One family versus another, when both are more alike than they'd ever admit. A boy who's wary of water, and a girl who fears heights as much as she loves rivers.
2. Who was your favorite character to create and why?
I loved writing Cluck. He values his heritage so deeply even though he’s an outcast in his own family.
3. What does your writing process look like? How did you go about penning this story?
I outlined, and then outlined some more . . . and then tossed aside the outline midway through. I like knowing where I’m going, even if halfway through writing the story I have to let it go.
4. Did you read as a child? Who was your favorite, or who inspired you to become a writer?
Despite plenty of encouragement, I came to reading slowly, mostly because I’m a slow reader. But I will mention one of the books that made me a reader, The Little Prince. I read it in French class, and because it was in French, I had to go slow. All of us did. The beauty of that story, combined with the fact that I felt like I was in the same place as my peers, helped reading click with me.
5. What are three things you can’t live without right now?
Ridiculous socks (courtesy of author Mackenzi Lee, I’m currently wearing ones with unicorns and narwhals on them), fizzy water (I run on carbonation), and spending time with my family and friends.
Thank you so much for having me!
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