Kelly Creighton on writing The Bones of It: conflict, masculinity, nature versus nurture
I wanted to write a story about two angry men, one younger and one older, and to understand where that anger is coming from
Kelly Creighton: Writing in the voice of a 22-year-old man, continually I ask myself if Scott would really say or think that. I was attracted to that part of the challenge. Who is telling the story is the only thing that matters to me, and why they are telling it to me in that particular way. Voice is everything
In my debut novel, The Bones of It, is a character named Klaudia, who Scott McAuley – the book’s protagonist – thinks will lift him out of his small, lonely life. Klaudia likes to play a game called What Would You Rather? She presses Scott to choose between two options.
When you write a book, people ask: “Which did you start with, character or plot?” Klaudia would be in her element!