Nicola Griffith

On disability writing, historical research, and her recent and upcoming books.

“And so what I had to do was all the research: flora, fauna, building techniques, jewelry, clothes, textile work, etc. And I used all that to essentially build the seventh century. And then I put Hild in and watched how she reacted to it and how she grew. And I basically learned through Hild, how to tell the story. […] I get the reader to create the character inside them, so that they are living the character’s life. They feel what the character feels, they see what she sees, they smell what she smells, because there are some basic human emotions, things like fear, lust, excitement, disgust, that are common to all people everywhere. And so if you can get the reader to feel those things, you are bringing them closer to the character. […] I put Hild in this place, and it also helps the reader understand how the world works, because a child is learning how her own world works.”

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