I’m so happy to be able to bring to you an interview with McKenna Reubush, author of Enter a Glossy Web. She was a fantastic guest and has released her debut novel recently, a beautiful and interesting children’s book. You can find her on her website or on twitter (@McKennaRuebush).
Watch my review of Enter a Glossy Web:
So let’s start with the basics. Can you give a quick summary of Enter a Glossy Web?
Enter a Glossy Web is about three kids who come together when they most need each other, and then set out to save the worlds, as there‘s nobody else but them to do it.
No, that’s not correct exactly. She developed independently of any living external influences, but she was of course influenced strongly by other books I’ve read I’m sure. I’ve never personally known anyone like George, but she’s probably a conglomeration of different traits that I’ve admired in other characters.
Though I suppose they count, as they do influence and inspire me.
When I first began truly developing Nero as a character and a person, rather than a catch-all villain, I remember writing a note down about the behavior of my cats and how it might apply to Nero.
“A character who does something just to see how it turns out, just to see if the same awful thing happens every time.”
Which is how my cat, Snoot, operates in general.
So Nero was inspired partially by my cats in that he has a truly scholarly and curious purpose behind some of his misdeeds. There’s actually a scene near the beginning of Enter a Glossy Web where Nero knocks some things over just to see them fall, which is a direct homage to Snoot.
I think one of the really interesting things is that Nero should in theory be a good guy. He’s fundamentally a Judge. But you go into giving more complexity to that role. Were you doing this on purpose? How did you imagine that playing with kids?