Facebook chat with author Michael Malone Thursday evening? We thought we’d share a recap of Mr. Malone’s insights with those who were unable to attend.
Mr. Malone shared with the group that “The Four Corners of the Sky” is loosely based on “The Wizard of Oz”.
Jack is the elusive wizard. Cuba is the Emerald City. Annie is Dorothy,
of course, and her soon-to-be ex-husband is the Cowardly Lion, while
her mother is either the Wicked Witch of the West or the Good Witch from
the East; Annie is on a quest to find out which. She has her little dog
with her, and while searching for her father, runs into the zany Cuban
guitar-playing Scarecrow, and eventually falls in love with The Tin Man.
The author also shared insight into the lengthy writing process for
this novel. To accurately portray the occupation of the main character,
Annie, he did a great deal of research into current naval training and
deployment, as well as the history of women pilots. Additionally, it
took time to arrange the story clearly and ensure character consistency,
due to time shifts and the interlaced structure of the novel.
Finally, he offered advice to aspiring writers: “Only write if you have to! And if you have to, don’t let anything stop you.”
Thanks Michael Malone and Sourcebooks for hosting this chat! Keep the conversation going on Twitter as you wrap up “The Four Corners of the Sky” with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead.