"It didn't fit any genre – people couldn't decide if it was a romance or a murder mystery," she says. "It had an elephant as a main character – and it was set in the world of circuses. Circuses? No one had any idea what to do with it."At the last minute, Algonquin Books bought it. It’s now sold 3.7 million copies worldwide and the movie version is just wrapping up. She’s written another one with bonobo apes as the central characters.
Could you write a book with an animal as the main character? If I was thinking about doing that, I’d probably first read the article in The Dallas Morning News, then the book, Water for Elephants.