Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
The Star Thief takes place at the end of the 19th century, when a young girl named Honorine is visited by the constellations and a band of scientist pirates hunting them. Honorine gets caught up in the middle of the fight, and along the way learns that she has connections to both sides, and must find a way to keep the constellations free while protecting the people that are most important to her, and eventually, the rest of the world. It’s a fantasy with a good blend of history, mythology, astronomy and lots of adventure.
What are some of your favorite middle grade novels?
Just a few off the top of my head –
His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Children of Green Knowe, Coraline, Lockwood & Co, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy, The Book of Elsewhere (just started these!)
Savvy, The Map to Everywhere, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Here Be Monsters, and I just read The Blackthorn Key and loved it.
Have you ever considered writing or another age group?
I’ve dabbled with YA and PBs – I studied art in college, and got my BFA in sculpture. I once thought I might try writing/illustrating, but I’ve found that I was much better at novel length writing. I will definitely take a crack at YA again in the future. And I will always be picking up new PBs, even though I don’t have a PB aged kid anymore. So many picture books are masterpieces.
Where is your dream vacation destination?
Anywhere with forests and ruins. I’d love to see the temples in Cambodia, the Inca and Olmec and Maya cities in central and South America. I’d actually love to take a road trip from the north to the south end of the entire Western Hemisphere.
Which of your characters is most like you?
Probably Lux, the wolf. He’s a bit blunt, and kind of a loner, but very protective of those close to him.
Why did you decide to write about constellations?
I’ve never looked up at a clear night sky and not gasped a little bit. Looking up into the sky at night is looking out at other worlds – literally – and I’ve always loved the idea of those worlds being able to communicate with us down here, in a non hard science fiction-y way.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Sometimes. I prefer quiet, but music is great for writing in public and blocking out people noise. I definitely listen to music when outlining or planning before getting into the real writing.
Do you prefer to read physical books or ebooks?
Physical books 🙂
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉
Ooh, well, coffee. And chocolate. And fancy cheese. And olives. All kinds of olives.
Are there any books by your fellow Swanky 17ers that you’d highly recommend?
There are soooo many that look amazing! Really, I’d say read them all, if you can!!
I just finished A.E. Kaplan’s Grendel’s Guide to Love and War. Highly recommend! Really looking forward to Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch, Tracey Neithercott’s Gray Wolf Island, Karuna Riazi’s The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong, Dana Langer’s Siren Sisters, and Alexandra Ott’s Rules for Thieves.