Address The Big Questions
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Animals follows a family who’s lives are altered after Ellie goes missing and is raised by animals and trained for a dangerous purpose. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
I started with the idea of telling a story that would allow readers and myself to spend time thinking about how we, as humans, should live in and share the world with its other inhabitants. I was thinking about the ways we attempt to distance ourselves from the rest of nature and the consequences of that. I was concerned with the stories we tell ourselves about our place in the world. I had some fairly fixed ideas about those things. As always happens when you start writing the characters had ideas of their own and the story took me in directions I had not planned and I think the book is all the more engaging and interesting for that. Along with all that I wanted to make the book exciting, a page-turner, something that would find a home in readers mental stores of favourite stories.
Ellie is an interesting character that is well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
I wanted the book to in some sense address the big questions of ‘who are we?’ and ‘how should we live?’. It seemed to me that this could be examined well by writing about a young person growing up and developing their answers to those questions as we read. Obviously, Ellie does all that in very unusual circumstances. I will admit that many of the qualities emphasised by her animal mentors (such as resilience, mental and physical capability etc) are ones I personally value but Ellie questions everything she learns eventually and I don’t believe the book offers simple answers.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Humans as a story-telling animal and how those stories influence the view we have of ourselves and the world. Cruelty, its origins and how it can be combated. The nature of family and loyalty. Also, as readers will discover, Ellie spends a great deal of time with a group of refugees on her journey across Europe. The plight of displaced people and issues connected with migration was very much on my mind as I wrote the book.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The sequel to Animals is already available. It’s called ‘The Pack’ and continues the story of Ellie, all her allies and her enemies. There will be a third book in the series ‘A cave in a forest’. I am working on it now.
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