Monday, December 07, 2020

Q&A with Kristy Dallas Alley

From my Q&A with Kristy Dallas Alley, author of The Ballad of Ami Miles:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Figuring out the title of this book was a huge turning point for me. A ballad tells a story, often tragic but occasionally happy, and ballads are an enduring form of oral tradition and entertainment across cultures and time. The Ballad of Ami Miles is set in a future that feels like the past in some ways, and it's about a girl who has to process tragedy and trauma before she can become the owner of her own story. And actual ballads play a part in the story as well. So I think the title does a good bit of the work of setting the tone for what readers can expect from this story.

What's in a name?

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