I know this might sound silly but can you imagine a world without Pures? Why?
As far as I’m concerned, the only boundaries between people are the ones we make ourselves. For some reason, people feel more secure with their labels – maybe it’s how we go about defining ourselves. But the whole Pure not Pure thing is dangerous. The world got by without Pures for thousands of years. We don’t need the distinction. It’s arbitrary anyway.
What was it like to live as 'impure'?
It’s really just being discriminated against the whole time. Having fewer horizons. The world’s always been like that though. Just in different ways at different periods in history.
What was the first thing that came to your mind when you saw Ana in the flesh?
I’d spent a couple of nights in prison and had been beaten-up some by the Psych Watch, and I was all over the place. When I walked into the courtroom I was just focused on blocking out the pain. Then everyone stood for the arrival of the judges and I looked over at my defense, hoping I wouldn’t see that idiot Jackson sitting there. I almost had a heart-attack when I saw Ana. All her hair had been cut off. Her eyes were strange. I was too shocked to actually think a coherent thought. I was just like staring at her. You know, you wait a long time for something to happen and when it does, you’re totally unprepared. It was the last place I ever imagined we’d finally meet.
Well, what was the first thing that you thought of after you saw The Glimpse with Ana in it?
What the hell was that?! Seriously. I didn’t know what to think. I never believed in that kind of stuff.
Tell us about Rachel. How did you two come to be this close throughout the years?
Rachel was from one of the families that were made homeless in the global crash. She grew up in The Project. I was ten when I moved there. I was used to being on my own, looking out for myself. I only ended up in The Project because I knew it was the one place the authorities wouldn’t look for a missing kid. To be honest, I didn’t want anything to do with the others. All I wanted was to keep my head down until I was old enough to live in the City, without the authorities trying to put me back in an orphanage. But then Rachel’s father disappeared. She got into a lot of fights. And this one time she was beating up on this boy so hard I had to step in. After that she was always trying to get a rise out of me. And somewhere along the line we became friends. Then more than friends.
Can you describe yourself in 140 characters?
I’m just a guy looking out for the people I care about. And I think the world’s a pretty f’d-up place, but you can never quit trying to make things better. I’m not a quitter.
Any last words?
If you happen to speak to Rachel, tell her… nah. Don’t worry about it. I’m sure I’ll see her around. Cheers for the interview.
Thanks for the interview!
She wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. Convinced it would find its way into the hands of a film director and she and my best friend would be cast in the starring roles, she entrusted it to her school drama teacher. DANGER ALIVE never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Studies and spent the next few years working in the British Film Industry.
She now lives in France with her French husband and two young sons. The Glimpse is her first novel and was released from Faber & Faber in June 2012. The second and final part of The Glimpse Duet, The Fall, will be coming out in June 2013.
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June 6th 2013, Faber & Faber (UK)
London, in the not-so-distant future. Society has been divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test.
But seventeen-year-old Ana, whose father invented the Pure test, has uncovered a recording with dangerous evidence that the tests are fake. Ana has escaped her father and made it to the Enlightenment Project - a secluded protest group living on the outskirts of the City.
Back in the arms of Cole nothing is simple. Some in the Project believe her presence jeopardises their safety, others interpret her coming as part of their prophetic Writings. When the recording Ana stole goes viral, the Project comes under attack. Now Ana's father isn't the only one looking for her. She's come to the attention of Evelyn Knight, the Chairman of the Board - a powerful woman with a sinister plan. Ana must take greater risks than ever to unravel the truth and discover the secrets that lie beneath the Pure test. But unlike her father, the Chairman doesn't want her safely home. She wants Ana's spirit crushed, permanently. And she will destroy everyone Ana cares about to do it.
What's up for grabs? Signed Copies of The Glimpse and The Fall by Claire Merle.
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