No big deal. I just rewrote the bible…

I thought I was writing a boy’s story. It was only Catia’s reading of the story, and her amazing paintings, that turned the narrator into a girl.I love when this happens in a collaboration, when an illustrator interprets the work in a way that radically alters the text. I really feel strongly that my job is to let go of the steering wheel once I’m finished with my part, that a book is a product of many makers. The illustrator and the editor and the designer and the copyeditor and the fact checker–there are so many people involved. If I tried to control the process I’d go nuts, and the book would be less wonderful in most cases. I love that [the narrator] is a girl.

(check out the whole interview, over at PW)

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