A. One thing the kids will sometimes say is, "Someone got killed, one of the good guys!" I say, "Well, it happens – because there is both life and death. At some point you are going to lose someone close to you, maybe your granddad or your grandma. But the lesson is this: If it's a loved one you've lost, you haven't lost them. He or she is still there in your memory."
Brian Jacques, in The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus, Candlewick Press, 2009