Interview with Jimena Novaro: Author of Blue Rabbit

Today I’m doing a blog swap with Jimena Novaro. I read her book, Blue Rabbit, and asked her some questions about it. You can find them and her responses below. Then you can hop (sorry about the pun; my brain said stop, but my fingers wouldn’t listen) over to her site to read my answers to her questions about Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud by clicking here.

Which character(s) do you most identify with?

I identify with all my characters, but probably the one that I identify with the most is Chloe. As a Creature from another world who struggles to find her place among humans and in the gap between the two worlds, she bears a striking resemblance to me―a girl who grew up in two different countries, speaking two different languages and belonging to two different cultures.

Are any of the characters based on people you know?

The main cast of characters―Erika, Haley, Dorian, Nathan, Sandra, Riven, and Chloe―all represent different facets of me. The diva tendency, the nurturing instinct, the social inadequacy, the self-sacrifice, the self-repression, the propensity toward obsession, the feeling torn between two worlds… I could practically define myself with those (often conflicting) traits. (Not that I intended that when I first wrote the novel, but I’ve come to realize it since). However, I’d say Nathan is also an amalgam of several different men and boys I know, all of whom are selfless, kind, and might try too hard to take on other’s burdens.

Did you base the Creatures on any other fictional characters?

Technically, Terminators.

Let me explain. One of my favorite shows of all time is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and one of my favorite aspects of it was its exploration of the human side of the Terminators―their morality, their self-awareness. I guess there’s just something fascinating to me about beings that look human, but aren’t, engaging with and struggling against their humanity.

The Creatures are beings who come into our world in order to find a way to save their own, and the more time they spend among humans, the more human they become, whether they like it or not. Although on the surface they might seem nothing like killer cyborgs from the future, both Creatures and Terminators represent an exploration of what it means to be human.

Where did you get the idea for the unique form of story telling, ie the video clips?

We live in a world full of images. If you take a look at someone’s Facebook page (unless it’s my dad’s, which is empty) you’ll see snippets of their lives―or even their whole life story. When people want to remember something or share an experience with others who weren’t there, they take a picture or film it. I think that images and videos are an integral part of contemporary life, especially that of teenagers, and I wanted to represent that aspect in the book.

Your story doesn’t exactly have a “bad guy,” are there any characters in it you don’t like?

I HATE MASON REDWOOD. I really, truly despise him with all of my being, and getting inside his skin to write from his point of view is one of the hardest things I’ve done (yet). Writing fiction is an exercise in empathy, and empathizing with Mason was like pulling my hair out. (Or should I say “accompanied by” pulling my hair out?)

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