Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and three weird cats.
*Bio taken from Jackie's website
What’s on your nightstand right now?
The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky. It's an anthology of food writing from the 1930s about regional foods and customs, most of which have disappeared, from the archives of the Federal Writer's Project. Fascinating stuff! Oh, the debates about a proper clambake, the recipes for squirrel!
Squirrel! Really? Doesn't sound too appetizing.
As a child, were you always fascinated by mermaids? Do you have a favorite mermaid myth or character?
Yes, I was always writing about mermaids, pretending to be a mermaid, making mermaid "fashion magazines"... I'm not really sure I have a definitive favorite mermaid, though. As a kid I loved Marina from the cartoon Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid, but I'm not sure if it would hold up for my adult brain!
Did you have to do a lot of research into mythology to write about the mermaids and winged people?
I did read many mermaid myths, gathering ideas. I wanted the book to have a fairy tale feel. There aren't so many myths about winged people, so for that I had to wing it. Ahaha.
What are your thoughts on the cover of Between the Sea and the Sky? Does it fit the story within the pages?
I loved the cover from the moment I saw it! If I have one complaint it's the inaccuracy that the mermaid is wearing a shirt. But, you know, I'm not sure a bare-breasted mermaid would fly on the YA shelf, so I can deal with that. ;)
Yeah, I'm not sure if YA shelves would be okay with nude mermaids, despite it being more accurate for the book :)
What is your favorite fairytale?
The Seven Swans (which is also known by many other names). I'm rather a sucker for people who turn into birds and vice versa. (This pops up in Between the Sea and Sky, in fact. Esmerine is ALSO a sucker for fairy tales about people turning into birds...)
I always loved the story of The Seven Swans and I loved how Esmerine's fascination with people turning into birds is in the book.
Aside from Magic Under Stone, what can we expect from you in the future?
Summer of 2013 will see the release of Dark Metropolis, described by my agent as "Cabaret meets Sabriel", the story of a girl searching for her missing best friend in a decadent city full of horrific secrets, while falling for a boy who is partly responsible for said horrific secrets, inspired by Berlin between the wars and the silent film Metropolis.
Dark Metropolis sounds so freaking good. I cannot wait!
Thank you so much for stopping by and answering these questions, Jackie :)
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