Ma intorc din nou cu o noua intrare in aceasta rubrica, chiar neasteptat de repede. Janet Fox, autoarea unor romane foarte interesante precum „Faithful” sau „Forgiven” a fost de acord cu un interviu in care vom afla mai multe despre operele sale si despre ideea de la care au pornit. Thank you very much for the interview!
Kula Baker never expected to find herself on the streets of San Francisco, alone but for a letter of introduction. Though she has come to the city to save her father from a cruel fate, Kula soon finds herself swept up in a world of art and elegance – a world she hardly dared dream of back in Montana, where she was no more than the daughter of an outlaw. And then there is the handsome David Wong, whose smiling eyes and soft-spoken manner have an uncanny way of breaking through Kula’s carefully crafted reserve. Yet when disaster strikes and the wreckage threatens all she holds dear, Kula realizes that only by unlocking her heart can she begin to carve a new future for herself.
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.
Of course! I’m a mom, former teacher, and I have an MFA in writing for children, and now I write full-time – middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. My husband and I live in the mountains of Montana, and our son is in college nearby. I love to hike and garden and sometimes ride horses, but my passion is putting words on paper. FORGIVEN is my second YA novel; FAITHFUL was my first. A third YA, SIRENS, will be out on November 8. I’m working on a bunch of new projects, including a science fiction YA and a fantasy middle grade novel.
2. Can you tell us what inspired you to write “Forgiven?”
FORGIVEN was inspired by a character who emerged in FAITHFUL, Kula Baker. I hadn’t intended to write a novel about her; but she was so interesting – so compelling – I kept hearing her voice in my head, so I said, “All right. Your story is next.” I love Kula, and I think she has important things to say.
3. What can you share about your novel?
I’m extremely proud that FORGIVEN has just been given an award as a finalist for the WILLA Literary Awards, which honors books that feature strong women in the western U.S. What I love about Kula is how she fights not only for herself, but also for the child slaves she discovers when she is in San Francisco in 1906. She becomes their advocate. While I’m happy that the story is an exciting romance and mystery, I’m even happier that the story addresses an important issue (slavery), and that Kula tackles this issue.
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?
What a great question! I would love to spend time with Maggie Bennet, my protagonist from FAITHFUL. For one thing, I’d love to be in Yellowstone at that time – 1904 – and see it so raw and yet (as it is still) so beautiful. For another, Maggie is such an interesting character. She is searching for her mother; she discovers photography; she falls in love. I’d like to see the world through her eyes, and see her photographs, and meet Tom.
5. Do you have a favorite author?
I have many favorite authors, and my opinion changes with every book I read! But seriously, I love Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games). And Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty). And Lauren Oliver, and Jennifer Donnelly, and Laurie Halse Anderson…
6. You have a time capsule and the possibility to preserve three books for the people of the future. What books would you choose?
Wow. Another great question. I think I would choose The Lord of the Rings – all three of those books – because they have it all: great characters, a compelling plot, an archetypal story, beautiful language, a fantastic setting.
7. A genie appears in front of you one day and promises to take you to a place of your choosing. Where would you go?
It would be a tough choice between Ancient Greece and Elizabethan England. I’d love to see Greece at the beginning of drama, when people were really discovering story and how to tell stories. And Elizabethan England when Shakespeare was writing – how fascinating that would be! To see his plays as the people of his time saw them.
But then I’d want to come home again from either one and take a hot bath.
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?
You have the most interesting questions! I think I’d like to ask Jane Austen why, though she was such a romantic, she never fell in love.
9. An enchanted lake can give you a glimpse of the past. Which year/period would you like to discover?
I’d love to see what the dinosaurs really looked like. Were they colorful? Did they have feathers? How did they sound? What was it like to be in their world? Was it like Jurassic Park or more like our wilderness today (when you can run into a bear, but they aren’t lurking behind every tree)?
10. Would you like to add anything else?
Just that I hope you enjoy my books and thank you so much for this interesting interview!