Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rachael King

Rachael King's debut novel The Sound of Butterflies, which was among the top three bestselling New Zealand fiction titles in her native country for 12 weeks when it was published in July 2006, was released in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2007.

From her Q & A with Willamette Week:

What are your favorite themes to write about?

I am fascinated by obsessive collectors and their reasons for their obsessions.

The most beautiful word in the English language is:

Mesmerise. In American it would be mesmerize, but I don’t think that’s quite as lovely.

What authors made you want to pick up a pen in the first place?

I find both the large scale and attention to character detail of Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda illuminating.
Read the complete interview.

Read an excerpt from The Sound of Butterflies, and learn more about the novel and its author at Rachael King's website and her blog.

The Page 69 Test: The Sound of Butterflies.

My Book, The Movie: The Sound of Butterflies.

--Marshal Zeringue