Josh Radnor interviewed Ransom Riggs at Barnes and Noble on September 23, 2015, as a part of his “slightly peculiar tour” promoting Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3).
During the Q&A, an audience member asked (and I paraphrase here) if the author knew what he was starting when he began this story, or if the world took on a mind of its own, “like riding a roller coaster?” “More like building a roller coaster than riding one,” Riggs responded. He and Radnor then got into a little “shop talk” (which I, and I am sure other aspiring artists in the audience appreciated) about one of the quintessential aspects of “creating.” It’s more important, Riggs clarified, that the audience feel the highs and lows of the story- it’s nice when the writer gets to experience them, too, but putting together the mechanics so it flows for the reader is the the writer’s job (or the actor’s, the creator’s behind the scenes).
And, by the way, just because these books of his have gone over well, Riggs insists it doesn’t give him any more confidence about his ability to write other books in the future. He claims to have a lot of jitters about the new project he’s working on… Personally, I’m not too worried for him, but it was still nice to hear.