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DWJ Publishers Weekly Interview Excerpts
PW: Was House of Many Ways easy or difficult for you to write?
DWJ: I suppose, it was sort of [in the] middle. Because at the point where the Lubbock arrived I suddenly realized that the way I’d been conceiving the plot was not the way it was going to go, so this made me have to recoup and think furiously. I always knew that Howl was going to turn up as a small boy, because I’d tried that in various other contexts, actually--my house is filled with heaps of half-written books and one chapters and things--and I’d tried that and I knew he was going to come in, and this was the perfect venue for him. So that part was moderately easy, but the way it all wove in was--well, I wouldn’t say it was horribly difficult, because I find that the difficult ones are the ones where you have a huge philosophical point to think through, but it wasn’t one of the easiest, no.
PW: Can you talk a little bit more about Howl being disguised as a totally enchanting but infuriating toddler in House of Many Ways?
DWJ: He’s odious, really! This originated from Howl’s love of being someone else. Even in Howl’s Moving Castle, I think it’s Calcifer who says he loves having different names and being different people. And I took it on from there and I thought about him being--this is what he’d love to be--an absolutely infuriating but beautiful child, because he is very attentive to his own looks, and it sort of developed from there. It was fun to do, actually, when I finally got him in the right context. I felt also that he needed a slight change from being forced to be a genie as he was in [Castle in the Air].
PW: Speaking of Howl, what was it like for you when Howl’s Moving Castle was made into a movie? Did it bring more attention to the books?
DWJ: Oh, quite a lot more. Up until then, the Chrestomanci books had all the attention, and oddly enough there’s never been any kind of movie of them. Now the Howl books are being sought for all over the world, so that’s nice. And the procession of people, which was enormous already, has increased--doubled and tripled--of all the people who want to marry Howl. Now it seems to me that Howl would be one of the most dreadful husbands one could possibly imagine. But there are these thousands of girls who write and say “Is Howl real? I want to marry him.” All around the world. About the only place where they don’t seem to be wanting to marry him is India, I think. But everywhere else--Thailand, Taiwan, New Zealand, Spain, massive amounts from England and huge amounts from America too. It’s extraordinary.
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