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By Kate Klimo, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 27, 2012

Kate Klimo talks about character development for “Centauriad: Daughters of the Centaurs” (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012), the first book in her new series.

What’s in a Centaur’s Pocket?

How does a centaur dress? How does a centaur go to the bathroom? What do a centaur’s home furnishings look like? What do centaurs eat? And what is it like to inhabit a body that is half-horse? These are just some of the scads of questions for which I had to know the answers before I could even sit down to write Daughter of the Centaurs. The inimitable Martin Scorsese says that you have to know what is in your characters’ pockets before you can put them on the screen. Well, I had to figure out whether centaurs even had pockets before I could fill them and then put them on the page. Where to even start?