Acum o saptamana va povesteam eu cat de mult mi-a placut Ordinary Magic si ce carte inspirata mi s-a parut. Acum revin cu un interviu cu autoarea acestui roman minunat 🙂 Thank you, Caitlen, for the interview!
„In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.
The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary—it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!”
1. First of all, thank you very much for granting me this interview. I was wondering whether you would like to tell us something about yourself.
Let’s see — I currently live and work in New York City. Ordinary Magic is the first book I wrote all by myself, but not the first book I had published. I’ve also co-written a book with my mother, an adult historical based on one of Jane Austen’s short stories called Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, that came out in 2009. I’m also a bit…okay, make that a huge bookworm.
2. Can you tell us what inspired you to write “Ordinary Magic?”
I got the idea while I was in college, when I was talking with my friends about children’s books that we liked. As we were talking, I realized that a lot of the books I liked had the same elements — namely a main character who was an orphan, who had to stay with really terrible or abusive people, and who ended up having a really powerful or unique ability that enabled them to save the day. I decided that I wanted to see something different; a story where the main character was totally normal, but had a supportive and loving family, and who managed to save the day without any special powers. Everything else came out of that.
3. What can you share about your novel?
I’m currently having an argument with one of my friends about the names in Ordinary Magic. I deliberately went for ordinary names — sometimes for a joke, like with Barbarian Mike and King Steve — but mostly because I wanted to ground the story, and because I was going through a phase where I got really frustrated when I was reading a fantasy and I had to stop and work out how to pronounced a character’s name. My friend thinks ordinary names take away from the sense of fantasy. I’d like to know my readers opinions.
4. I believe all readers and perhaps the writers as well imagine what would happen if they were granted a few hours with a character of their choosing. If you were to spend some time with your characters where would you go and what would you do?
I would love to spend an afternoon with Gil and Olivia (two of Abby’s older siblings who are a writer and a flirty fashion girl, respectively). They seem like they’d be a lot of fun and they’re the most like friends I actually have. I’d want to go shopping with Olivia and then somewhere where Gil and I could drink coffee and dish about writer stuff for a couple hours.
5. Do you have a favorite author?
Terry Pratchett. His sense of humor just cracks me up, and I love the way he uses words. I’m also all of Jessica Day George’s books — Tuesdays at the Castle is a completely adorable — and Stephanie Burgis’ Kat Stephenson series, which is so much fun.
6. You have a time capsule and the possibility to preserve three books for the people of the future. What books would you choose?
Hogfather, because it was the first Pratchett book I ever read, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, we always need a laugh, and Ordinary Magic, of course, because publicity never hurts.
7. You are able to go back in time and take part in one particular historical event. What would that be and how would you change it?
I’m going to answer this question completely not-seriously, because the serious answer is obviously that I’d choose one of the many horrible tragedies throughout history and try to stop it. The non-serious answer is that I would probably want to go back to the origin of the chocolate chip cookie, just to be able to say I was there.
8. You have a mirror that shows you a person of your choosing from the past and/or present. That person can be anyone: a president, a king, a queen, a writer etc. You can ask him or her only one question. Who would it be and what would you ask that person?
I’d want to talk to Jane Austen, to ask her how Sanditon was going to end.
9. Scientists have managed to create a machine that allows you to jump to the future. What year would you like to discover?
When do we get the technology to teleport distances instantly, like in Star Trek? Cause I hate how long and exhausting traveling is now adays. (I never would have been able to live in ye olden times when there were horse-drawn carriages.)
10. Would you like to add anything else?
Only thank you for giving me this opportunity. I’m glad I got the chance to stop by and chat!