Did you miss the Facebook chat with author Michael Malone Thursday evening? We thought we’d share a recap of Mr. Malone’s insights with those who were unable to attend.
Some of the longtime fans of Mr. Malone raved about his other titles as well—especially “Handling Sin”. If you don’t own his other books, you might want to add them to your collection as soon as possible so that those who enjoy “The Four Corners of the Sky” can go on to read his other titles.
Mr. Malone shared with the group that “The Four Corners of the Sky” is loosely based on “The Wizard of Oz”. Jack is the elusive wizard. Cuba is the Emerald City. Annie is Dorothy, of course, and her soon-to-be ex-husband is the Cowardly Lion, while her mother is either the Wicked Witch of the West or the Good Witch from the East; Annie is on a quest to find out which. She has her little dog with her, and while searching for her father, runs into the zany Cuban guitar-playing Scarecrow, and eventually falls in love with The Tin Man.
The author also shared insight into the lengthy writing process for this novel. To accurately portray the occupation of the main character, Annie, he did a great deal of research into current naval training and deployment, as well as the history of women pilots. Additionally, it took time to arrange the story clearly and ensure character consistency, due to time shifts and the interlaced structure of the novel.
Finally, he offered advice to aspiring writers: “Only write if you have to! And if you have to, don’t let anything stop you.”
Cindy Orr is a Digital Collection Advisor at OverDrive.