About the Author:Author of Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1), Malia loves dancing, reading, writing, sunsets, ladybugs, playing video games on her iPod, watching TV, and chocolate. She also has a terrible motion sickness and hates onions. She's always wanted to have the ability to teleport and the power to move things with her mind. She lives in the Seattle area with her four wild and crazy ferrets.
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I want to thank Malia for taking the time to answer a few of my questions about her fantastic book. For more information on Chase Tinker and the House of Magic you can click on the links above and also my review HERE.
1) Where did you get the idea for Chase Tinker and the House of Magic?
It all started with a dream. One night 6 1/2 years ago, I dreamed I was living in a house where every room had some sort of magic in it. I rarely remember much about my dreams, but this one stuck with me so I started thinking, what if...and pretty soon, with the help of my daughter, I had two brothers with magical abilities, a missing dad, a bunch of powers to stick in the rooms of a huge magical house, and the source of all this magic.
It was after I started writing that the rest of my ideas came to me. So I guess most of the book, I was flying by the seat of my pants. :)
2) Are there any authors who have influenced you?
Hmm, well first there's Susan Cooper with her The Dark is Rising series, then J.K. Rowling was a big influence and Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth books), Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander), Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles), Patricia Wrede. So many wonderful fantasy writers.
3) I loved Persephone (and of course Maxwell). Who was your favorite character to write and why?
I love all my characters, but I guess I would have to say, besides Maxwell, Chase is at the top of my favorites list. I like to make things happen to him, wether they're good, bad, embarrassing, weird or just plain silly. How he reacts is a big part of it too. I feel you have to be willing to just get in there and enjoy doing things with and to your main character, and other characters, in order to make a book more interesting and entertaining.
4) Can you describe your book in 5 words or less?
A fun magical adventure.
5) How many books do you plan to write in the Chase Tinker series?
I have 4 books in the series:
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic, Book 1
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets, Book 2
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny, Book 3
Chase Tinker and the House of Mist, Book 4
But I'm also working on ideas for a sequel that will star some evil Marlowes.
6) Is there any specific food or drink you like to have handy while writing?
Cookies, and lots of water. I'm a huge snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie person.
7) Do you prefer to write with pen and paper or on a laptop/computer?
Oh, definitely my laptop. If I write anything by hand it takes me too much time to decipher what I wrote. Ha!
8) Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?
Just write, write, write and read, read, read. It's the only way to get better.
9) Coffee, tea, or neither?
I'm not a fan of coffee, which is kind of funny since I live in the Seattle area where there's a coffee shop or stand on practically every corner. I drink a cup of hot tea with milk and sugar in it in the morning, but the rest of the time, it's water. Nothing can beat a tall glass of cold, refreshing water.
10) When can we expect the next book in the exciting Chase Tinker series?
I'm hoping the next book will be released mid Spring 2013. I'm really excited about it. I actually think it's a bit better than the first since the characters are growing and changing. Plus, I have an exciting new character to join the cast. A fun surprise for everyone. Maxwell even has a bigger, more important part. :)