Interview med Sara Crossan
Forfatteren til bogen 'ONE'
Du har muligvis allerede opdaget vores nye skrivekonkurrence, hvor du kan vinde den fantastiske bog 'ONE' af Sarah Crossan. Derfor er det selvfølgelig også på sin plads med lidt baggrundsviden om forfatterens tanker omkring bogen, research og litterære emner i det hele taget. Læs interviewet herunder.
Where did you find inspiration for the storyline?
I watched a BBC documentary about a set of conjoined twins from the states and although I was writing another book at the time, I became obsessed with reading about the lives (and deaths) of conjoined twins.
What do you think are the most significant themes of the story?
I really think that is for each reader to decide. Everyone takes something different from it. For me, it's about identity in many ways, and how we create identities for ourselves based on our relationships with others - our friends, lovers, childrens.
How come we as "non-Siamese twins" find the story so captivating?
This isn't a story about conjoined twins. It's a story about sisterhood and love, so whether you're a twin or not, you can relate to it at that level.
How did you go about the research?
The research was intense. I spent weeks at the British library studying the history and science of the subject. I was also very lucky to get the opportunity to converse with medical experts including a separation surgeon.
Was there anything significant about the writing process? Can you describe your routines?
Well for this book the process was painful! Not just because the subject matter was difficult but because I wrote thirty thousand words in prose before realizing this was a verse novel. I had to dump so much work and simply begin again. I'm glad I did though!
What surprised you the most when writing it?
I thought this would be a sad book about two girls desperately wanting to be singletons. What the research taught me was that conjoined twins are usually very happy in their lives and do not want to be separated at all.
How do you define a "good novel" as a reader?
Tough question! Generally, for me, it's about the characters. Are they authentic? Can I empathise with their struggles? I'm not interested in villains and heroes but in the complexity of the human psyche.
Your novel has been sold for publication throughout the world - how does that feel and what does it mean to you as a writer?
Well it's wonderful because it means my story is one that speaks to humanity and not simply a particular cultural consciousness. I'm absolutely delighted about this, especially as it's a verse novel and I know how resistant people can be to this form. until they give it a try!
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