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Several years ago my mother got me a gold cross pendant made out of seed pearls. Even though it's actually new, it was made with traditional techniques and to a traditional design, and it looks like an antique - like something Queen Elizabeth the first might have worn, or Jane Austen, or even one of my own heroines. I love it!
I'm jealous! That necklace sounds BEAUTIFUL. I'm totally jealous. So if you could spend your birthday in any place (real or fictional) where would it be?
If I was going for a real place, it would DEFINITELY be Japan. It's my life's ambition to be able to visit Japan at least once before I die. I'd probably avoid the cities for the most part, and just explore the beautiful countryside - hike up mountains, search for kami in the words, pay my respects in a Shinto temple. I'd stay in a little family run ryokan with hot springs, and lounge around in a yukata and eat sashimi. Ah, bliss.
If I was going for a fictional place, it would probably be Narnia. Tea and toast with Mr Tumnus? A fish supper and marmalade roll at the Beaver's place? A stroll along the battlements of Cair Paravel? Yes, please.
You could live Shadows on the Moon for real! I'm personally scared of Narnia. Total coward. If you could change nature's color palette, would you? What would you change? (ie. blue trees, purple grass?)
Nope. I love nature the way it is. Whenever I head into the woods or the tall grasses or to the beach and see a million shades of green and blue green and yellow green and silvery grey green, or copper and red and gold and bronze, or blue and purple and white and yellow, I feel this amazing sense of peace and happiness. Nature's palette already provides everything the human eye could ever want. It's a matter of training your eye to actually appreciate it.
I'd love to say something very elegant like a red rose, but in actual fact I see myself more as a cheerful daffodil, making people smile. Or maybe a pink sweetpea - that's my birth flower - which people don't really look at, but which always makes them stop and say 'Oh, what's that lovely scent?'
Sweatpea is one of my favorite scents! I'd probably be a pansy, which is also an overlooked flower (IMHO). Let's change gears a little: which is harder, writing a novel, or writing consistent blog posts?
Novel, hands down. Blog posts come from the front of my brain, from who I am in day to day life. Whatever is going on in my life ends up on the blog and people seem to like that. All I have to do is be honest and be myself. It's an hour or two hours three times a week. The work I put into a novel comes from a much deeper place inside me, a place where I dredge up all the most powerful and essential elements of who I am. When I'm writing a novel I'm putting in eight to twelve hours of work on it six days a week, but more than that, it consumes every spare bit of emotional and brain capacity I have. It's not about my day to day life - it's about creating someone else's life, dark and terrifying and beautiful and transcendent, on the page.
Good answer! I love your blog posts, so the front of your brain must be a very pleasant place.
Would you say that Shadows on the Moon is more like The Swan Kingdom or Daughter of the Flames?
Hmmm. I suppose it's technically more like The Swan Kingdom, since they're both fairytale retellings - and they both feature heroines who need to learn to understand and control their magical gifts. They don't have much in common other than that, though!
I can attest to that! But that's awesome. I love how different all your books are, while all still being wonderful. And one of the best parts in your books is your leading men. If you could date/marry any of your novel’s love-interests, who would it be?
One that you haven't met yet! I'd chose Arian from FrostFire, which is the companion novel to Daughter of the Flames and which I've just finished writing. But that's probably typical - authors always love the book they've just finished the most, and feel closest to the characters they've only just parted with.
For all of the interviews this year I'll be doing mad-libs with the authors. I took random paragraphs from their books and asked them to fill in words mad-lib style. Credit for this idea goes to Everead. Apparently, however, mad-libs are an American thing. I had to explain what it was to Zoe, but the result was worth it! Check it out:
She brought the moppet to me, loaded with a full bowl and several slablike slices of cobweb, sprightly buttered. The delicious gelatinous aroma wafted up to my sticking plaster* and sent a demanding growl echoing from my nostril. It was all I could do not to seize the cobweb from her hands. Instead I waited for her to place it on my summerhouse before bellyflopping on it ravenously.*sticking plaster is the British equivalent of a band-aid
Thanks, Zoe! This was so fun. I'm glad you got to be the first author featured during the bash. And now it's...
I'm happy to say that today's contest is hosted by fellow Zoe Marriot-enthusiast, Ashley @ Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing! This giveaway is international! You can win your choice of ANY of Zoe's books! But you've got to go to her blog to enter.
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