I’m very pleased to announce the upcoming publication of my newest—and perhaps most unusual—novel, The Creature Department.
What makes the book so amazing (apart from a deeply affecting story and sparkling prose, of course) is the fact it’s not just a book. It’s a unique, unprecedented collaboration between Penguin’s most fabulous (definitely sharpest) imprint, Razorbill Books, and the Academy and BAFTA Award-winning special effects company, Framestore (Where the Wild Things Are, the Harry Potter films, Skyfall, and many others).
Instead of going the usual route, with me writing a manuscript, followed by Razorbill doing cover design, marketing etc, we wanted to find a way to get going with the book’s visual elements—jacket design, character illustration, even a possible smart-phone app—right from the start. Hence the involvement of Framestore.
Needless to say, compared to my past work as a writer, it’s been an entirely new experience—but certainly an exciting and fulfilling one. Consulting with professional artists and animators about how characters will look—while you’re writing them—is kind of a dream, something more akin to the storyboarding process of filmmaking than what I’m used to as a novelist. Best of all, it makes the job of the author a lot less lonely.
Anyway, there’ll be a lot more on The Creature Department soon, including some interviews we shot recently in London and New York.
Until then, go read Puggly!
PS: If you are still interested, here’s what Galleycat had to say about the whole thing.