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(view spoiler)[Did you know when you started writing The Death of Us who was going to survive and who wasn't? (hide spoiler)]
This is a great question, Amy. It's hard to answer without giving anything away. When I wrote a first draft of the novel, there were certain things I knew had to happen. Kurt's story happened like that, for example. But for a while, I found it hard to be sure who would survive. I tried different options. After lots of rewriting, this felt like the right story and the right outcome. But it was tricky to get everything to come together.