Wishing a happy book birthday today to The Marvelous! To celebrate its release, I am excited to share an interview with the author, Claire Kann! I loved reading her debut, Let’s Talk About Love, when it released a few years ago and have been meaning to read If It Makes You Happy! I’m so excited this new book has a mystery in it.
Q&A with Claire Kann
What was the inspiration for The Marvelous?
That seems like it might be a joke, but that’s the honest answer. I anticipate the entire ordeal becoming a pretty hefty section within my future writing memoir.
The Marvelous has three POVs—Nicole, Luna, and Stella. Which perspective was the easiest or most fun to write?
Stella. They say you shouldn’t have favorites, but . . . Stella. It’s Stella.
How would the main characters describe each other?
Since each main character has a POV, that’s something the book focuses on in their narratives so I rather not spoil it. None of the characters know each other before arriving for Golden Weekend. They have to quickly figure out who they can trust and how they can win.
Which character do you relate to the most?
When crafting the main characters, I started out by giving each of them one trait that I like about myself. Stella has my cleverness (times ten because she’s way smarter than me), Luna has my hyperfixation, and Nicole has my intense empathy.
I don’t relate to any of the characters, not really, but I’m mostly a mixture of Stella and Francis.
What song would you choose as a theme song for the book?
“No Surprises” by Radiohead
The book is full of challenges and obstacles. Can you give us a sneak peak of what we can expect in the game?
Teamwork makes the dreamwork.
But be wary of the hosts
Nobody dies during the game
But someone does come close . . .
If the characters from your other two novels (Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy) were to play this game, who would win?
Honestly? Everyone would lose because the game itself is very particular.