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Eowyn Ivey on writing The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey is interviewed at the BBC about how she wrote her first novel, The Snow Child – which is going to sell many copies in 2012 and perhaps win awards too.

The US-born author is named after a Tolkien character. She works in a bookshop, used to be a newspaper reporter, and she shoots big critters in Alaska.

BBC: You actually hunt bears?

Eowyn Ivey: “The one bear that I’ve shot myself was in our yard, so it wasn’t a big hunting adventure. That has been an aspect that I’ve been a little trepidatious about. I wasn’t sure how it would be received by people who live outside of Alaska.

“People who live in Alaska, even those who don’t hunt, are very grateful if someone gives them a moose steak. But I know that’s not typical around the world, so I’ve been wondering how people are going to react.”

The novel has fairytale qualities. It is set in Alaska in 1920 with two new arrivals Jack and Mabel. During the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child has disappeared but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

We have a handful of signed copies – get them while they are cheap because the prices won’t remain low for long.

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