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Tracy ChevalierDescribe your latest project.
I'm working on a novel about Mary Anning, a working-class English woman who collected fossils on southern England beaches in the early 19th century. The specimens she found of ancient marine reptiles ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs she sold to male scientists, who studied them and began to realize the world was not necessarily 6,000 years old as they'd assumed. Mary was single, prickly, eccentric a perfect character for a novel.
For several summers running, as a teenager, I numbered bird bones for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Oh, and sometimes sorted through pickled snakes.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
...there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born with, to what sign would you change and why?
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Name the best television series of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Books I've Loved While in Bed with the Flu:
Anne of Green Gables by J. M. Montgomery
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives in London, England.