Rowan Coleman released her next book, The Summer Of Impossible Things, just two days ago. It stands out from all of her previous works. Here, I emailed her a few questions, in order to find out more. (Thanks also to Tess Henderson.)
Since the last interview, you’ve written and are about to release a new book, The Summer Of Impossible Things. What was the inspiration behind it?
Quite a few inspirations, but I suppose mostly I have always wanted to write a time travel novel. It’s a concept that is endlessly fascinating and inspiring, the idea that you can experience another time, and perhaps alter the future. And at around about the time I started to think about this I kept seeing and reading about one particular place and time, Brooklyn 1977. So it felt like the universe was telling me something.
The Summer Of Impossible Things is largely based in Brooklyn, USA. How did you go about adding in the authentic detail?
I went to Brooklyn, and spent a week there, and I’m so glad I did. My idea of Brooklyn was quite different from the reality, and the location of Bay Ridge had its own character too. I learnt a lot, took about 1000 photos, talked to anyone who would talk to me and walked in the footsteps of my characters, finding the locations and charting them on a map. I went during very hot weather so it was great for recreating the sense of the 77 heatwave.
A theme explored throughout the book is ‘love conquers all’. Do you agree, and if so, why?
I don’t think love automatically conquers all, but I do think if it’s driven by passion, courage and great determination it’s a universal force can surmount almost anything.
Asides from the latest book, do you have any other books currently in the works?
I am now working on the next book, but I can’t tell you anymore about it yet!
What are your tips for success?
Hmmm I don’t know. I never really feel like I’ve achieved it! But I do believe in working hard, being persistent and pushing yourself to be better.
And finally, one random question: if any actor could play you in a biopic of your life, who would you cast and why?
Haha!! Oh, um….. Rachel Weiss. So me but thin, and beautiful, married to James Bond and with Brown eyes!
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