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Today Philippa Gregory releases her latest book, her first for Young Adults, The Changeling, the first of four books.
Philippa has kindly included a Question and Answer session to celebrate the release of The Changeling:
1.How was writing a book for teens different from writing a
book for adults? I don't think there is
any difference for me in terms of the craft of writing. I think that the
quality and enjoyment of the novel should be at least equal to a book for
3.Do you have a favourite character in your new teen series? I created the two principal characters of Luca and Isolde
and liked them so much, but then I was amazed to find that the servant
character of Frieze just jumped off the page. He is funny and full of common
sense, wonderful with animals and has a great loving nature. His role just grew
through the story as I came to like writing about him more and more. He is very
important in book 2, and I think I will end up with a cast of 4 principal
characters rather than 2.
3.When you are writing a multi-book series, do you work from
an outline (know all the beats) or do you work toward an ending (know how it
all ends)?This has been the
first series that I have written that is not anchored completely by the
historical record, so I have revelled in the freedom of it and have worked on
each novel quite independently. I know where the whole series ultimately ends,
but I don't know yet how I will get there. It's a truly creative process, I
feel as if I am making it up as I go along and loving this.
5.Why did you set your new teen series in the 15th century?
The date of 1453 is such a key one -
people really believed that it was the end of the world. It is this belief that
means that Luca has his job in exploring the "end of days" and also
means that there are so many manifestations of the supernatural that people
5.How is it
working with fictional characters rather than real historical figures It has
been a real holiday from the demands of accuracy and research. It has set the
novelist in me free for the first time in a long time. I love discovering and
researching the historical characters, but to be able to create characters from
imagination has been a real treat.