Interview with Josephine Angelini

I got to interview one of my favourite YA authors today! How exciting! We talked sandwiches, house elves of Hogwarts and licking your own butt!

What inspired you to write Fire Walker trilogy?

I had a nightmare. And I watch a lot of Science channel. And I always knew I wanted to write something witchy. So it really was just a bunch of thoughts brewing in my head that all swirled together and turned into a story.

Which one of your characters would you like to be for the day, why and what would you spend the day doing?

I would love to be Lily for a day. Mostly for Rowan 😉

What was your favorite book as a child?

When I was very little it was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Then just about anything by Judy Bloom. After that it was the Dragon Riders of Pem series by Anne McCaffery

What characters (of any book by any author) would you like to have a dinner party with and why?

I think I’d have to do something from Jane Austin, because her character really excelled at dinner parties as a rule. Either that or the house elves of Hogwarts. They must be a hoot.

 

You are stranded on a desert island with a character from one of your favorite books, who is it and what is the first thing you do together?

Arthur Dent and I would make sandwiches

Would you rather have a witch or a wizard as a best friend?

Witch

What author would you like to go in a submarine with?

Anna Carey. We’d have a great laugh.

Merlin has come along and changed you into a cat, you have to find the anecdote, what is it and who has it?

It’d be cat spit and I’d have it. All I have to do is give myself a bath, change back into me, and then I can tell people I licked my own butt just to see the look on their faces.

Would you rather have a dogs tail or cats ears?

Cat eats. Dogs tails are creepy.

When writing your books how do you decide the personalities of your characters and do you ever base them on people you know?

The personalities just sort of happen. I know that is so unhelpful, but the characters become who I need them to be to tell the story. And I borrow things from people all the time, but I never really copy them completely, I just use maybe two or three details in order to bring my characters to life.

Fans can find Josephine online here….https://twitter.com/josieangelini

and here http://www.josephineangelini.com/

Interview with Steven Harper – author of ‘Unfair’

Today I interviewed Steven Harper. Steven is the author of Unfair, a middle grade book I read and reviewed not so long ago. We talk escaping from a desert island, witches and Octavia Butler.

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What inspired you to write Unfair?

My son Aran is autistic, and I wanted to write a book for him.  He was eleven–Ryan’s age–when I started the novel, but what with one thing and another, I didn’t actually finish until Aran was 18!

Which one of your characters would you like to be for the day, why and what would you spend the day doing?

Ooooo.  Probably Gavin Ennock from my Clockwork Empire steampunk series.  Gavin invents a set of wings and learns to fly.  He’s also a much better musician than I am.  So I’d spend the day playing fiddle and flying over mountaintops–though not at the same time.

What was your favorite book as a child?

That would depend on when you asked me.  I read HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager many times.  It always seemed like such fun to get as many wishes as you wanted instead of just three!  But there was also GREEK MYTHOLOGY by the D’Aulaires.  They introduced me to all mythology, an addiction from which I’ve never recovered.

What characters (of any book by any author) would you like to have a dinner party with and why?

Terry Pratchett’s Lancre witches–Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick–would be favorite, I think.  We’d have a lot to discuss about solving the problems of the world!

You are stranded on a desert island with a character from one of your favorite books, who is it and what is the first thing you do together?

The glib answer is someone like Superman or Granny Weatherwax, since they can fly and get us off the island.  But if I had to spend a lot of time alone with one fictional character, Nanny Ogg would at least be entertaining and probably not be overly bothered by our situation!

Would you rather have a witch or a wizard as a best friend?

Oh!  Speaking of!  A witch, I think.  Witches tend toward practicality, even if they are stubborn, and the magic is more subtle.

What author would you like to go in a submarine with?

Octavia Butler is my favorite author (as an adult), so she’d be at the top of my list.  I was crushed when she passed away so young.  So many great books unwritten!  Shakespeare would also be a good choice, if he could get past being in a submarine, because I have a number of questions about his personal life.

Merlin has come along and changed you into a cat, you have to find the antidote, what is it and who has it?

We always seem to circle around to the witches, don’t we?  Nanny is experienced with cats who change form–her psyco kitty Greebo knows how to become human already–so her antidote would be to teach me the same trick.

Would you rather have a dogs tail or cats ears?

Cat’s ears.  Then I could eavesdrop on my students better.

When writing your books how do you decide the personalities of your characters and do you ever base them on people you know?

Most of my protagonists arrive in my head fully formed, like Athena springing out of Zeus’s skull.  This tells me that my subconscious is a better writer than I am.  I tweak, though.  I’m fond of contradictions, though.  the protagonist of my first novel IN THE COMPANY OF MIND was fantastically good-looking but cripplingly shy.  Aisa in the Books of Blood and Iron was a slave girl with a sarcastic, snarky tongue.  Gavin and Alice have a May/December relationship, but Gavin, the guy, is the younger one.  I got fan mail after those books came out from several people who said  their grandparents and great-grandparents (from Gavin and Alice’s era) were in a similar situation, with a much younger man and a much older woman!

Who would play you in the movie of your life and why?

Oh heavens.  I have no idea.  I wouldn’t be able to handle going to watch it!

What book do you wish you had written?

WILD SEED, by Octavia Butler.  If you haven’t read it, go get it now!

Who’s your favorite author and why?

The aforementioned Octavia Butler.  She writes what I call “dwarf star books,” which are very dense.  They also pound you flat.  You can’t stop reading them, though. Her stories are absolutely compelling and take no prisoners.

Where can fans find you online?

My web site is http://www.stevenpiziks.com .  I’m on Twitter as @stevenpiziks , and you can find me on Facebook as Steven Piziks or Steven Harper Piziks!

 

Interview with author P.S. Broaddus

P.S. Broadduss is the author of ‘A Hero’s Curse’, I reviewed this book here on the blog not too long ago. He kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Apparently my questions are ‘a ton of fun’ and his answers are certainly interesting. I have to admit I would quite like to join the dinner party with the quests that he would invite!

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Interview 

What inspired you to write ‘A Hero’s Curse?’

C.S. Lewis talked about how he came to write the books of Narnia, saying that they “all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood.” My own storytelling is similar. I write from images in my head. For me it was the picture of a young blind girl standing in the desert, listening to a long awaited storm rolling in.

Which one of your characters would you like to be for the day and why and what would you spend the day doing?

I would enjoy being Tig. He and I share a love for snarkiness. I would probably spend the day napping in the sun.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Tough question, as I had several. I have revisited The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame most often. For more on books that shaped my childhood, check out this post.

What character (of any book by any author) would you like to have dinner with and why?

Probably Professor Lupin, from the Harry Potter Series. He has a broad knowledge of the wizarding world and is one of the most approachable and straightforward adults in the series. I feel like we could talk for hours about the wizarding world without him glowering at me (sorry Snape—I’m just too curious), or being over-awed while not getting full answers (Dumbledore, you’re awesome, but maybe a bit much so…and you play everything too close to your chest for a dinner guest). Any of the younger folk—Harry, Hermione, Ron—I feel like I know a lot about them and their lives and we would just re-live stuff and say wow, isn’t that cool—but they don’t have the depth of experience and history the adults have, and that’s what I’d want to mine. If Professor Lupin was busy, I suppose I’d enjoy having Boromir over, or Legolas, or Gimli—the dwarves especially love a good story. So yeah…my dinner guest list is fairly long.

You are stranded on a desert island with a character from one of your favorite books, who is it and what is the first thing you do together?

I’d probably go with Samwise Gamgee or Ron Weasley. I mean, there’s a ton of folks it would be fun to hang out with for a couple of days—and there are a ton of folks who have skills to help us survive or get home. But as far as long term companionship without going crazy or going at each other—it’s got to be Sam or Ron. The first thing we’d do? Probably figure out what to eat and get a cooking fire going. See, they’re so dern practical!  

Would you rather have a witch or a wizard as a best friend?

A wizard who can teach me to play quidditch.

What author would you like to go in a submarine with?

The funny thing is, there are a lot of authors out there who write great books, but it would be a nightmare to get trapped in a submarine with them. Authors and writers are a strange, rummy bunch. Probably C.S. Lewis or Tolkien—they both had their quirks, but we would probably get along just fine.

Merlin has come along and changed you into a cat, you have to find the antidote, what is it and who has it?

Why do I need the antidote? I mean, I get to be a cat!

Would you rather have a dogs tail or cats ears?

Cat’s ears. Super hearing. But I would probably wear a beanie most of the time.

When writing your books how do you decide the personalities of your characters and do you ever base them on people you know?

Often I do a character sketch, but then that character develops a life of their own. I haven’t ever based them on people I know—real life is stranger than fiction—rather, characters often pick up bits here and there, from something I saw, a conversation I heard, or a personality aspect that fits.

Who would play you in the movie of your life and why?

Well, if we’re being honest, my wife and I think it should probably be Dick Van Dyke. On the Dick Van Dyke show he is a writer with a beautiful wife and little boy. There are a few differences—I’ve got three boys and I don’t do a part in my hair, but it is pretty close.

What book do you wish you had written?

Interesting question—none of my favorites—I like the way they were written, and nobody could have done them better. But then, I wouldn’t have wanted to have my name across something I don’t like either!

Who’s your favorite author and why?

C.S. Lewis is such a powerful storyteller and uses analogy beautifully. J.K. Rowling’s world building and character building makes me want to revisit the stories again and again. And then there’s P.G. Wodehouse. He has a turn of phrase and a way with words that makes me laugh and will keep me coming back for more.

Where can readers find you?

You can haunt me on twitter, @psbroaddus, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/aheroscurse/, follow me on Goodreads (P.S. Broaddus or A Hero’s Curse), subscribe to our YouTube channel, (psbroaddus) or check out our website and subscribe to the blog at www.psbroaddus.com. I’m always excited to hear from fellow adventurers!

Interview with author Nicky Peacock

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicky Peacock today. Nicky is the author of Bad blood which is the first book I reviewed for my blog – read it here.

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Bad blood is the first of four books in the series, watch this space for the reviews for the other books in the Bad Blood series.

Interview

What inspires you to write about the supernatural? 

I grew up on family ghost stories. My mum and dad used to tell my brother and me about a haunted house they lived in when they were first married. It was scary stuff and, years later, I met someone else who had lived in the same house – weirdly enough they told me the same stories about footsteps on the stairs, cans stacked in pyramids and Christmas trees that would never stay standing for long. Between that and being drawn to horror novels and movies, the supernatural is really my ‘go to’.

Which one of your characters would you like to be for the day and why and what would you spend the day doing?

I’d like to be to be an imaginary friend like Mr Custard from Lost in Wonderland. I’d spend the day helping people that need a friend.

What was your favourite book as a child?

I used to read The Animals of Farthing Wood, and I adored Roald Dahl. The Witches, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr Fox was my favourites. I also use to read the Tales from the Crypt comics and watch the TV show.

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You are stranded on a desert island with a character from one of your favourite books, who is it and what is the first thing you do together?

If I was stranded with Huckleberry Finn, we could build a raft together to escape! Or perhaps with the Crypt Keeper from the Tales from the Crypt. He could tell me stories; I’d never be bored then.

Would you rather have a witch or a wizard as a best friend?

Witch, they are usually eviler and more fun! We could cast spells, and she could teach me to ride a broomstick.

What author would you like to go in a submarine with?

LOL, I’m not sure I’d want to go in a submarine, too claustrophobic and I’ve watched too many disaster movies. I’d rather go on a boat trip with Stephen King – see if I can scare him.

Merlin has come along and changed you into a cat, you have to find the anecdote, what is it and who has it?

It’s a unicorn horn. It is being auctioned at a supernatural museum at midnight. I have to gather together a team of other cursed animals for a heist to steal it, so we can all turn back to humans. Little do they all know that the unicorn horn only has one spell left in it, and I’ll have to get to it first if I’ve any chance of breaking the curse.

Would you rather have a dogs tail or cats ears?

Cat ears, I could hide them under my long hair, and they’d give me fantastic hearing.

When writing your books how do you decide the personalities of your characters and do you ever base them on people you know?

Yes, but only parts. My protagonists tend to have at least aspect of me in them, that way I can channel them better through my prose. Other characters will have aspects of people I know in them; for example the way they speak and slang.

Who would play you in the movie of your life and why?

Kate Winslet. She’s a great actress, and my life is relatively boring, so she’d liven things up a bit.

What book do you wish you had written?

Twilight or The Hunger Games – they were both so big and got teens reading. They also made a nice wad of cash each, which I certainly wouldn’t turn down.

Who’s your favourite author and why?

So many authors! And they change depending on my mood. For horror, I read Poppy Z Brite or Richard Laymon. For Paranormal Romance I read Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan. For Urban Fantasy it’s Keri Arthur and Patricia Briggs. For YA it’s Kiera Cass and Cassandra Clare. And for when I’m feeling very brave, I read any paranormal non-fiction book from the publishers, Llewellyn.

Where can readers find you online?

Blog:   Twitter: Y  A Facebook Page:   UK Amazon Author Page:

US Amazon Author page:   Good Reads: Tumblr:  Authorgraph:

I currently have a FREE read available. YA vampires vs zombies historical novella, Traitors’ Gate. You can find it here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Traitors-Battle-Undead-Nicky-Peacock-ebook/dp/B01KGBLIN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474314710&sr=8-1&keywords=traitors+gate+nicky

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And my latest book, Lost in Wonderland a YA supernatural thriller twist on Alice in Wonderland can be bought here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Wonderland-Twisted-Brave-Book-ebook/dp/B01E9NX1W2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1474314825&sr=1-2
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Thank you for having me on your blog today.

 

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