What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story?
Every good heist story needs the perfect MacGuffin. In this case it needed to be something valuable, light enough for a bird to carry, and more interesting than jewellery. Sadly the Maltese Falcon was already taken – and a bit out of the weight range for the average corvid – but it was fun to browse through the many strange things people adorn with jewels. Magpies and humans have a lot in common when it comes to shiny sparkly objects.
What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour and Mischief?
It was an interesting challenge to only include corvids, I've written a few bird focus stories over the years but they usually involve larger species.
Which is your favourite corvid and why?
It changes by the season because they're all magnificent birds, but right now my favourite has to be the pair of ravens living on our street. They are trying to teach their offspring to hunt – with little success, so we call the family Huginn, Muninn and Foolinn. It's great to watch their antics.
My website is https://gvpearce.co.uk.
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