When we’re piecing together mysteries and trying to solve things and look for answers, Abbie’s perspective is equally as valuable as Crane’s. And we avoid the kind of, “listen, I’m an erudite British person, and I use long $50 words” — there’s that great term, “meretricious sesquipedalianism,” which is the use of big words to impress people out of vanity. He can’t do that. So don’t make him that, and also don’t make her this sort of sassy black chick. She’s very smart, he’s very smart, and together, they’re brilliant.— Sleepy Hollow staffer Damian Kindler talked to us about writing Ichabod and Abbie — and putting together that hilarious OnStar scene. (via entertainmentweekly)
What do you think was the real problem in The Ghost and the Goth? Do you think the problem was gloomy Gus or Alona not going into the light?— Anonymous
Well, one of the tricky things about writing dual-POV is that you kind of need two problems. :) At least initially. Will and Alona didn’t particularly like each other at the beginning so they each needed a reason to require the other person’s help. There was no “I’m going to help this person out of the goodness of my heart.” There had to be mutual benefit, you know?
As the series progressed, they grew closer and their problems became more and more interlocked. Until the last book, when, basically, they had the SAME problem, but two different ideas on how to solve it. :)
So…in my mind, Gloomy Gus and Alona’s inability to go into the light are both real and equally important problems. Without Will’s help, Alona would have disappeared. Without Alona’s help, Will might have been killed by Gloomy Gus or been committed to an institution.
Sorry, long answer! :D Thanks for the question!