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Dec 7 2017 12:00pm

Writing from the Perspective of an Animal

Some sections of my novel, Water & Glass, are from the perspective of a woolly rat called Molloy. This might sound a bit crazy, but from very early on in the drafting of the book, I wanted to challenge myself to write from an animal’s point of view.

The novel is set on a kind of contemporary (or future) ark, and the main protagonist, Nerissa Crane, is a vet who is caring for a clutch of animals saved from worldwide floods. I chose this creature after watching a documentary on an expedition to Mount Bosavi in Papua New Guinea that discovered this new species back in 2009. The woolly rat is huge, almost dog-like, and knows no fear of humans. It reminded of the ill-fated Dodo.

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