This is an interview with the Author of the YA Novel Voluspa. Review is soon to come. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!
1. How old were you when you got hooked on reading and what book started it all?
I used to pester my parents to read to me all the time before I learnt how to read. After that as far as I can remember, when I was six or seven I could finally read on my own and I have been hooked ever since. I think some of the first books I read were by Enid Blyton.
2. How did you know you wanted to be a writer and who do you draw the most support from?
I have always wanted to write. All through childhood and teenage years, I wrote for neighborhood periodicals, journals and so on. It’s only recently due to my husband’s urging, I decided to write a novel.
3. Each writer has their own process when writing, and each process has its own little quirks. That said, what are some of your little quirks?
Even though I use my laptop to write the book, I create flash cards to aid in my writing. For instance, I make up cards listing pertinent information about a particular character or some place in book.
4. Have you always enjoyed or favored fantasy over other genres in both reading and writing?
I personally think imaginative literature has immense scope and it can entertain all age groups so yes, I have always had a penchant for the fantasy genre.
5. What can we expect in the next part of the Voluspa story? I do hope it includes lots more Amy and Drake (not that I'm biased or anything!).
Absolutely; the next book picks up from where the first one ended. Amy and Drake’s journey continues.
6. If you could spend a full twenty four hours (midnight to midnight) in any city in the world where would you go and what would you do?
It’s a cliché but I would definitely choose Paris. I would spend hours in the Louvre and the rest, walking along the streets of Paris.
7. If you were to be buried (entombed) like an Egyptian Pharohwhat would you want to fill your tomb?
Books, books and more books and perhaps my laptop.
8. If you were a citizen of Voluspa, what clan would you belong to? If Morphous, what would be your animal form?
I think I would love to belong to the Empath clan. Being able to connect to another person using just my mind sounds fascinating.
9. If you could have two hours with any fictional character what would you ask them?
It would be Peter Pan. I would ask him to take me to Neverland; ask his fairy friend to sprinkle some magic dust on me so I could go flying with him. Eschew all practicality and just loose myself in one rip roaring adventure after another.
10. In the great debate about e-readers and physical books: are you a lover of e-book portability, physical book feel/smell or both?
I have grudgingly accepted the whole e – book trend but I love holding an actual book. The smell of old bound leather or crisp new pages is incomparable.