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1. Returning to Shore is a coming of age story of Clare who reconnects with a father she hasn’t really known. Was there any particular inspiration behind this novel?
I’ve always been interested in father-daughter relationships. And I’ve known many young women who’ve had to try to forge a relationship with a father who wasn’t always present in her life. The setting of this novel—an island off the coast of Cape Cod– came to me along with the characters’ story. It seemed an ideal place for exploring an intense relationship.
2. Is there a character in Returning to Shore that you can relate to most?
Clare, of course! I’m interested in the way her mind works. I like her courage and her honesty. I really suffered along with her as I was writing this story, and I was rooting for her right till the end.
3. What are you hoping readers take away from Returning to Shore?
I hope readers will appreciate Clare’s situation and the decisions she makes. I also hope they’ll be moved to continue to think about their relationship to the natural world.
4. Some writers have quirks such as: they can only write at specific hours of the day, or the room/office has to be tidy, certain windows (twitter/FB/a show or music) need to be open beside their document..etc. Do you happen to have any writing quirks?
If my office had to be perfectly tidy in order to work, I wouldn’t get much accomplished! I like to look out the window beyond my computer screen while I’m writing. I watch my donkeys munching on hay or looking up at me with their soulful eyes.
5. If you could spend a day with any one character in the book, who would you choose and why?
I’d like to spend the day with Clare’s father Richard. As another character in the novel says, he’s a man of many mysteries. He’s quirky, passionate, and complex. I’d like to hike the beach with him and learn about his world.
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of thirty books including five novels, two short story collections, a memoir, a collection of poetry, and numerous books for children, as well as two plays.
Her recent novels Everything I Was (YA) and The Writing Circle are now out in paperback. Her new YA novel, Returning to Shore, was just published. She is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review.