Lory at Emerald City Book Review always runs a fantastic event called Witch Week, after the book by Diana Wynne Jones. This year, she asked if I’d be willing to do an interview with Kat Howard to talk about her first novel, Roses and Rot. I was pleased and honored to do so! You can read the full interview here, but here’s a snippet.
Fairy tales are so often about girls in a magical and dangerous landscape–I’m interested in how that’s reflected in Roses and Rot. Were there any particular things you wanted to show in your landscapes and in Imogen’s reaction to them?
I think if you read fairy tales, you know that once the character heads into the woods, that’s when the story really starts happening. It’s where things are allowed to get a little bit strange, a little bit dangerous. I mean, Stephen Sondheim has an entire musical about this! Even A Midsummer Night’s Dream — all the parts with the fairies in happen once the human characters are in the woods. And so really, the landscape choice was just a way of working with this idea.
Thank you, Lory, for thinking of me, and thank you to Kat Howard for her thoughtful answers!