Welcome to the next Author Interview. Today we feature Claire Corbett, author of When We Have Wings, a novel about humans genetically and surgically engineered to be able to fly. An interesting premise to a very interesting book that I enjoyed thoroughly.
It was published by Allen & Unwin in July 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award. When We Have Wings is also being published in Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands and Russia.
Claire is Canadian born, but now makes the Blue Mountains home, making her truly international. Her answers are a fascinating insight into this author. I hope you enjoy.
What genre would you like to write a book in (that you haven’t yet)?
I have begun two YA novels, which I love writing. I will finish them once my second novel is written. My second novel has spy thriller elements as well as being speculative fiction. My current novel, WHEN WE HAVE WINGS, fits into at least three categories – speculative fiction, crime and literary. I detest the way genre is used to box writers in; marketers are guilty of this but some readers are too. They use genre as a content filter, to ignore whole categories of work. Is Edgar Allan Poe a horror writer? Yes. A mystery writer? Yes. A speculative fiction writer? Yes. A literary writer and poet? Yes. Where would you shelve him in a bookstore, for heaven’s sake? He’d be in Classics or Literature now but publishers would tear their hair out trying to market Charles Dickens or Robert Louis Stevenson now.