Damian McNicholl, with whom I had the pleasure to read at BookExpo’s Emerging Voices Panel, is interviewed over at Scott Esposito’s Conversational Reading. Here he is, talking about the voice for the novel:
The novel’s voice was tricky and something I really had to think very hard about when I started to write the book. Gabriel is very young when the novel opens and I wanted to capture precisely the thoughts and knowledge a very intelligent boy growing up in a rural environment would possess as he develops. I wanted the narration and dialogue to portray the boy’s innocence and growth in awareness as he matures, but I had to be careful because the book is intended for an adult audience and thus had to be sophisticated and credible simultaneously.