Interview with Kira Jane Buxton

creepy creatures reviews:

Even though the translator did a great job many things were lost in translation such as all the food (Cheetos, Pabst,...) are these real brands and if so: why exactly them?

Kira Jane Buxton: The brands of chips, beer and snack foods are all real. Cheetos (bright orange chips) and Pabst Blue Ribbon (beer) in particular are mentioned with great frequency. Brand-name snack foods fill our pantries and our bellies, ever-present in our lives so why not our literature? Since the story is told from the perspective of a crow (crowtagonist), I was also imaging what he would love specifically about our species. Our abundance of food would be at the top of the list! Also, if the human race disappeared, part of our legacy would be the trash we leave behind. I see Cheeto bags and Pabst Blue Ribbon cans everywhere—certainly a less romantic portrait of our legacy! I wonder if it is the same in Germany--certain snack foods have an association with them that helped me define the characters in some way. Since Hollow Kingdom published, I’ve been sent several photos of crows absconding with Cheetos—they really do love them, even if they shouldn’t have them because of the salt content.

CCR: Would you descibe "Hollow Kingdom" as a modern fable/tale? And why did you use this way for social critisism?

KJB: I describe Hollow Kingdom as both a modern fairytale and an environmental parable. Part of the impetus for writing the story was my frustration with what’s happening to wildlife and our environment and how impotent I felt about it. I wanted to find some way to remind readers that we humans are not separate from nature. It’s our shared home and where we belong. And at any time we can reconnect with this glorious network of nature that's happening right outside our doors! I also missed the animal narrated stories of my childhood and really wanted to experience the same feeling as an adult. 

CCR: Are you afraid of or would you mind if readers read "Hollow Kingdom" just as a zombie-novell without recognizing the social critisism?

KJB: I wouldn’t mind at all. Once a book is in the hands of its reader, it is their journey to enjoy and interpret in any way they like. I will say that it is a book that straddles several genres, so those who are very well read in the zombie-genre will find it different to other books about the ambulatory dead. The social criticism is not meant to be heavy-handed or didactic, just to give the reader hope that there really is a wonderful world of birds and creatures that we get to be a part of and that deserves our respect and protection. I am delighted to hear from readers who tell me they are looking at birds and trees differently after reading Hollow Kingdom, as that was my biggest hope for the novel.

CCR: Thank you very much Kira Jane Buxton!

the talking crow shown on the first photo:
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