Blog Tour: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Posted October 28, 2012 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 1 Comment



Firstly, a huge apology as this was supposed to go up yesterday but didn’t queue properly and I was out all day yesterday and today so didn’t realise it hadn’t worked! However, I am so excited to be part of this blog tour so will share my post now.

Crewel is a brilliant YA dystopian, which my review of should be up in the next week, and has just been released in the UK by Faber and Faber.

Today, I am excited to share with you the inspiration for Crewel so will now hand you over to Gennifer. However, first I would like to point out this video which features a song called It’s A Lie by Roisin O’Hagan who entered Faber’s competition for the book trailer soundtrack!

CREWEL was inspired when I saw a favorite book from college/grad school on my bookshelf, The Crying of Lot 49.  The book references a real painting of girls sitting in a tower, embroidering the world.  I love the painting and it sort of lodged in my brain that day until I sat down and wrote a page about a girl going off to the tower.

I started with the basic skeleton of the plot and then I layered worldbuilding in while I revised.   I was much more conscious of worldbuilding while I revised.  Crewel is set in a world that’s both beautiful and ugly at the same time.  Men still wear suits and fedoras, and women wear heels and curl their hair.  It’s full of intrcate architecture and slick technology, but underneath there’s a disturbing struggle for control, so I had to finely balance all of that in the story.  I revised the novel about three times.

When I was creating the book, I thought a lot about what kind of world I did not want Crewel to be.  That probably sounds strange, but it was vital for me to have a concept of what it wasn’t.  I kept a lot of pictures in files to use as inspiration.  I drew maps and charted out hierarchies.  I had little notes scattered all over my office, house, and car.

I tend to write something down so that it sticks in my memory and then leave the note where ever.  It’s a very cluttered approach to worldbuilding but it’s what works for me.  I’ve had to streamline the process a bit more with book two since there’s so much more going on that’s related to the first book and the final book.

Thanks for hosting me, Lucy!


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