"I'm a really character-centric writer and reader," Lara Elena Donnelly told Spine. "That is my number one go-to when I'm coming up with a story. Who is this story about?" As with all science fiction and fantasy books, writing Armisitice required an immense amount of world building, but Donnelly's characters heavily influenced that act of creation.
Mrs. Jablowski finds nothing poetic about the body. She considers feet particularly prosaic. Heels bear vulgar cracks. The largest toes resemble the thumbs of a thick man. The stubbiest toes remind her of the fat grubs Mr. Jablowski digs out of his vegetable garden. Mr. Jablowski's feet are especially troublesome, with hard yellowing nails and far too much fuzz, like the feet of those little Hobbits in the movies she took her grandson to. Unlike Mr. Jablowski's, their feet were cute.
"I write the first act into halfway through the second act, to a turning point. Then I write the entire third act. Then I come back and try to knit those things together." — Justina Ireland
Head straight down the strip near my airport,
lined with liquor store lots half-emptied of cars,
bottles and people with sun-bleached labels,
greased arches and a florist with a garden azoic.
"Writing a book is often a very lonely process. I try to step back from being the agent during that part of the process. I'm doing my best to create a fertile, creative area for my author to work in." — Michelle Brower
The People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks), Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman), The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Jeanne Birdsall), As Good as the First Time (K.M. Jackson - Spine article forthcoming!), The Leavers (Lisa Ko)