Certainly the promotional video has been very well made and Womack is a persuasive advocate for his own work.
Extract from interview:
I’ve been lucky enough to read an advance copy of your new book Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer. It’s based on Norse mythology so first of all I’m desperate to ask you some questions about that. My favourite God in your book is Thor, I love how he watches TV on his hammer. Which is yours and why?
I always love the villains, so I’d say Loki is my favorite. He’s so charismatic and yet so malicious!
Why did you decide to make Hearth deaf? The book gives the message that anyone can be a hero regardless of disabilities. Was this intentional?
As with many of my characters, I drew on my experience to create Hearthstone. Years ago, I worked at a summer camp (like Camp Half-Blood, but mortal) and one of our counselors was training in American Sign Language. She used to translate the lyrics of songs in sign language and I was struck by what a beautiful way of communicating ASL was. I liked the idea of making Hearth a powerful character who was also hearing impaired. It makes him more interesting and relatable, I think.
What is the origin of the nine ducks of Boston and where did you get such an amazing idea?
It just so happens that there are nine ducks in that sculpture, which really exists and is based on the old children’s book Make Way For Ducklings. I decided to make a happy coincidence not a coincidence at all!