Today I have the wonderful Candy Gourlay on my blog with an interview!
1- Hi Candy, could you tell me about your book Bone Talk.
Greetings from the House of Procrastination where I lurk with other authors seizing every opportunity to do laundry, clean skirting boards, and respond to blog Q&As like this rather than work on our novels! Bone Talk is set in a bit of history that few people know about. In 1899, the United States invaded the Philippines. High in the Philippine mountains, were tribes of headhunters. My story is told from the point of view of a boy from one of these societies who discovers that there is an outside world for the first time.
2- What inspired you to write Bone Talk?
I love reading fiction set against historical backdrops, especially surprising bits of history like Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve which imagines what it would have been like on the cusp of the Romans departing and the arrival of rough and brutal marauding Saxon kings. I also wanted to see my own history –I'm from the Philippines– reflected in historical adventures. Historical fiction doesn't have to always be written through a western lens! It was difficult though because my only source material for my characters' way of life was anthropological texts and the diaries of travellers. I made the following film to explain the context of my story:
3- Who are some of your favourite authors?
I have already mentioned Philip Reeve, who also wrote one of my favourite fantasy series, Mortal Engines. I love Geraldine McCaughrean's books –they are all unique and surprising in their own ways. Best of Geraldine would be: Not The End of the World, a Noah's Ark retelling; The White Darkness, a girl is lost in Antartica; and Stop The Train, set in during the Oklahoma Land Run, when a spiteful railroad
owner refuses to stop at a town, the people sneakily think of ways of tricking trains into stopping. I also love Frank Cottrell Boyce, his books beat with a warm heart: Millions, boys find millions of pounds in a holdall; Framed, how the arrival of art from the National Gallery turns a grey Welsh town into place of many colours; andCosmic, about a boy who's as tall as his dad. My favourite author who writes from
grown-ups is Toni Morrison.
4- Are you working on anything at the moment?
I am having the year of saying YES to events because I have two books out: a picture book, IS IT A MERMAID, and my new novel BONE TALK, which is out in August. But I'm also trying to write a new novel.