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Interviews | April 8, 2014 2 comments
The American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
James A. OwenDescribe your latest project.
It's been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica and battled the Winter King in the Archipelago of Dreams. But now nightmares about giants have brought them together in Oxford once more. A girl named Laura Glue has come to tell them of a crisis in the Archipelago: all of the fabled Dragonships are missing, and worse, all of the children are gone too. And she's been sent to seek help from the last Caretaker, Sir James Barrie.
The Caretakers must take the rebuilt Indigo Dragon into one of the oldest parts of the Archipelago to find the only thing that might lead them to solve the mysteries the long-vanished Red Dragon, which was once the Argo. Along the way, they learn about the difference between growing up and growing old.
Charles Wallace Murry, from A Wrinkle in Time (and the books that followed). The openness of his mind was what allowed him to travel through space and time, and to meet fantastic beings (an old woman who was once a star, for example). That kind of characteristic would make him a great dinner companion and an interesting friend. Plus, I wouldn't have minded meeting his extraordinary family, either!
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What was your favorite story as a child?
What is your idea of bliss?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
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James A. Owen wrote and illustrated Here, There Be Dragons. He is founder and executive director of Coppervale International, an art and design studio that also publishes the periodicals International Studio and Argosy Quarterly, develops television and film projects, and is redesigning an entire town, among other ventures. James has written and illustrated two dozen Starchild comics, the Mythworld series of novels (published in Germany and France), and more. He lives in Arizona.