Kat Rosenfield's Inland is one of those books you can't put down and when you finish you immediately want to re-read it. With beautiful writing and a complex premise, we wanted to know more about the story's origins and themes. So we took our questions straight to the source and today, Kat sheds some light on her eerie new novel.
Inland is such a striking and thought-provoking novel. What was the initial inspiration for the novel, and how did the story grow and change while writing it?
At the very beginning, the idea for Inland was sort of a thought experiment. This was a few years ago, when the big thing in YA was supernatural romance, which is like a foreign country to me — it's not at all where my natural inclinations are as a writer. So I'd already accepted that I would never be able to capitalize on this particular trend, but at the same time, I really wondered if there were some way to take that sort of subject matter and make it interesting to me, if there were a way through it to a story that I wanted to tell.