Today is day 11 of the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour. Today I have an interview with YA Eco Fantasy Author C.B. Mac Gillavry as well as an interview with a character from one of her stories.
I write for young adults, but I hope that people over 18 will like my stories as well. I actually write eco fantasy, which is fantasy with an environmental topic, and this is the hard yet easy part: smuggling a message this complicated in my stories.
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have completed one novel and one novella so far. There is a fairy tale spinning in my head: it’s like having to breath in and out, this story must blossom and if I ignore it, it’s bound to bother me until I write it down.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title is SuperMoon, the moon and the fascination I feel for “her” inspired it, together with the urge to be with some people I have lost a long time ago. My book is my special place where I get to be with them yet again.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I listen to music while I write, classical (Bach!) when I’m near a deadline, and just the radio when I’m not running late. I also drink too much coffee and eat too much…
What authors or books have influenced you?
There are so many authors I love, but let’s just name a few: Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling, Isabel Allende, Primo Levi (Italian writer), Andrea Camilleri (Sicilian writer, he writes in Sicilian, not in Italian), F. Springer (Dutch writer), Hermann Hesse.
What inspires you to write?
The things I hate are one inspiration, then the need to be with my loved ones and the need to be in my own happy place.
Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
They act, I describe, just as simple as that. I see the pictures in my mind, mostly moving and unfolding, and I write down what I see.
Finally, what advice would you give other writers?
Just write and be happy.
You can find C.B. Mac Gillavry on her blog Domus Dianae – Eco Fantasy for Young Adults
Now here’s a character interview with her character Sara:
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
Hi, my name is Sara, I’m Victoria’s best friend and she’s the star of the show, you know, the one with the magical powers and all. I’m legally blind and I live in a sort of boarding school for blind children, which had been hell with our previous headmistress, but it’s a fine place to live now. My world is that of pretty much everyone, except that we have magic and dragons, gnomes and fairies and other special things, while the rest of the population really is unaware of it all. I help Victoria and the rest of the organization as much as I can, by providing them spies for instance, with the aid of some friends back at the Institution. They are very cool kids, I’m lucky to have them, for they never ask “questions”, they just help and put themselves in danger for me. Most people find me quite beautiful, I don’t know about that, I only know that beauty hadn’t really been an issue with Luca, the boy I love, also part of the organization. It’s fun though, to be around such amazing creatures!
If you could meet someone from another novel, who would it be? Why?
Elizabeth Bennet! First because she rocks and second because she gets to marry Darcy and he kind of is like my Luca.
Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?
I have been madly in love with this boy, Luca, ever since I set foot in the Institution for Blind Youngsters of Paese, Italy. He has kept me at a safe distance up until last Michaelmas, when he finally told me about his feelings. It’s hard to say how it’ll work out, what with me being legally blind and him being… him. This could turn out to be a massive spoiler! Anyway, I know that I want to give it a fair chance, I know how I feel about him and how he feels about me, and love always wins, right?
If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? Why?
I am legally blind, so I guess I’d love to see. It would make my life a lot easier, a thing others hardly realise when they interact with me. Luckily I do see the boy I’m in love with, even if I don’t know if this has anything to do with me “seeing” with like my third eye, or his being… ghostish, and therefore less bound by the laws of physics.
Would you ever or have you ever lied? How do you feel about lying?
Well, I did lie to Luca once, just to make him jealous, but it kind of backfired on me. So no, I’m not a great liar and I don’t think that lying is a clever thing to do. Sincerity is the best thing to practice. I hurt him immensely and myself at the same time…
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