I am very excited to share with you, an author interview with Ray East, the co-author of Voluspa: A Magical World.
When I am not writing, I like to spend time with my 5 yr old and take my dog for long walks.
2. Have you always wanted to be an author?
As far as I can remember, I've always wanted to be an author. My mother tells me that at six, I wrote a story about my pet turtle.
3. Who was your favorite character to write and why?
My favorite character in the book is the main protagonist of the book - Amy. She is a remarkable girl, with a core of steel. She faces whatever life throws at her with courage and spirit. She is no paragon of virtue; like every human being she has her foibles. The admirable part is, she does not let her own shortcomings, difficult circumstances or even evil adversaries defeat her without putting up a fight.
4. How did you come up with the animals Drake, Jacek, and Sonja can turn into? And why did you pick that particular animal for that particular character?
I borrowed from nature and then embellished to create the animals. The animals I chose for Drake, Jacek and Sonja are indicative of their personalities. For instance, Drake is fiercely loyal, protective, brave; qualities that a dog has. Sonja is free spirited and wild like a bird while Jacek can be moody, stealthy, and volatile - qualities I associated with a snake.
5. Are there any authors who have influenced you in your writing?
I love Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Rowling. I think they are exceptional writers of the fantasy genre. I am inspired by their work and I imagine they have influenced my writing.
6. Is there a specific food or drink you like to have handy while you are writing?
Green tea and a bag of pita chips.
7. Can you describe your book in 5 words or less?
Inspiring, Interesting, New, Gripping and Page-turning.
8. Why Young Adult?
I think it is so much more satisfying to be able to capture the fancy of our younger generation or to write something which would inspire them. Also I feel, young adults have a more open mind and they are more receptive to fantastical worlds and characters.
9. Coffee or Tea?
10. Dog or Cat?
Please be sure to check out Ray's book Voluspa: A Magical World. You can find my review on her book HERE, and add to your Goodreads' shelf HERE.
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Published June 8, 2012