Posts Categorized: A Crack in the Sea

Some recent links to interviews and essays about A CRACK IN THE SEA

Hello! Here’s a link to some recent interviews and essays online: An interview with author Debbi Michiko Florence, where we talk about some of the origins of the novel:   An interview with author Caroline Starr Rose, where we talk about inspiration, research and classroom connections for the book:   An interview with… Read more »

Background: The Back to Africa Movement in the U.S.

One of the ideas this book engages with, tangentially, is the “Back to Africa” movement (sometimes called the “Liberian Movement”) in 19th-century America and earlier. As a scholar of early American literature, I’ve long been intrigued by mentions of this movement in late 18th-century and 19th-century literature—books like Olaudah Equiano’s memoir of his enslavement and… Read more »

Inspiration: Underwater People!

At some point while I was revising A CRACK IN THE SEA, my agent sent me a link to an artist who makes underwater statues—which eventually turn into coral reefs for sea life. Pretty cool, yes? The underwater statues of Jason teCaires Taylor are amazing. Take a look: And looking at those photos of… Read more »

Deleted Scene

Want to see the deleted opening to A CRACK IN THE SEA? Here it is! And there’s a little bit of commentary below. ☺ PART ONE: How the Kraken Lost Each Other. The Second World. So many years ago. Once upon a time, in the beginning—not literally in the beginning, but near enough, and as… Read more »

Floating Cities

When I was writing A CRACK IN THE SEA, I didn’t exactly research Raftworlds—because I was pretty sure they didn’t exist. But as I was writing, I became a magnet for stories about floating cities and floating islands—I ran across them everywhere, and friends sent me many articles and links. Here are a few. Maybe… Read more »

Original Title

How does an author arrive at a title? Well, in my case, I arrived at it because my editor really, really didn’t like my first title for A CRACK IN THE SEA. Part of the reason was because it was, including the subtitle, 40 words long. I KID YOU NOT. Here it is, with some… Read more »