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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Bash - Day 29!

Hey and welcome to the party. We're winding down here but today it's still going strong with my guest, Emily Pikkasso. So, please help me welcome her.

1: When did you first begin writing?

I started writing short stories and poetry in grade school. Some were published by the local paper.

2: Where do you get your inspiration for writing from?

Everywhere. My Muse is always whispering in my ear.

3: Do you have any rituals that help you get in the mood to sit down and write?

My writing room is full of plants and crystals and special pictures. It also has a large window.

4: Are you a plotter or a pantser when you write? Why does that work for you?

Now that depends. Usually, I am a pantser. With Laurel’s Miracle, I had to plan it out so that the clues came in the right sequence to get Laurel where she was supposed to go and be there at the right time.

5: Who are some of your favorite authors to read when you are not writing?

Canadian author Charles de Lint is my favorite. I love his The Little Country and The Wild Wood. Other favorites are Mercedes Lackey, Maeve Binchy, Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley

6: Are you currently reading anything right now?

The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint

7: How do you deal with writer’s block?

I go and talk to the faeries in my garden and play with my horses.

8: What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?

I garden, work with my horses and shop for antiques.

9: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Cornwall, in the south west of England. There is magic there, in the land and in the stones.

10: What advice do you have for new authors?

Write and keep on writing. Trust your Muse.

11: Is there anything you’d like people to know about you?

I believe in magic. There is magic in the world all around us, most people have just forgotten how to see it.

12: Tell us a bit about your book. What’s it about?

The Oak King’s Daughter will be released in January 2011 by MuseItHOT! Publishing. It is a naughty, but nice romance. Dara is the daughter of the Oak King and lives in the largest oak in the Sacred Grove. Her father wants her to marry for the good of the kingdom. Dara has the hots for the court mage, Tinne.

Underlying the story is the old legend of the twice yearly battle between the Oak King who rules the summer months and the Holly King who rules the winter half of the year.
I hope you enjoy Dara’s tempestuous story.

Thank you so much for being here. I can't wait to read The Oak King's Daughter.


Lin said...

I believe in magic too. The relationship between my daughetr and I confirms its existence.

Unknown said...

And don't forget our kitties.:-)

Lin said...

That is true...there is magic in their very souls.

Viviane Brentanos said...

Ah Cornwall. It is indeed a magical place. The land of Daphne du Maurier and my father, incidently. I often tell my kids that if I were ever to leave Corfu I would have to live in Cornwall. Great interview.

Karen McGrath said...

Cornwall is one of my favorite places as well. :) Great interview!

Unknown said...

It is a magical world if you just slow down a bit, and believe. Horses are very powerful, yet kind in this area, and always willing to give to us for so little.

Marsha A. Moore said...

I find magic every day. Especially transplanting to Tampa from the Midwest, wonders are everywhere. I'm still marveling at the way our pelicans always wiggle their tails right after swallowing fish. Happens every time! :)


Janie Franz said...

Great interview! Yes, magic is everywhere--sometimes even in our computers (though they aren't organic).

Lynne said...

Nice interview and very interesting. I believe in magic too. My mother had a faerie patch in the garden and we weren't allowed to go in there only to leave a gift or plant a wildflower, and even in that case, mom did the planting. They also accepted the odd dead bird burial but once again, mom did the task. My faeries once replanted some coltsfoot to another place in my garden over night. They left a quart crystal in the original site and it took me awhile to track down where they'd put the plants. Yes, magic is truly afoot sometimes. I'm really looking forward to reading the book. Love your poetry too, Nancy on your website and other places where you've published. You go girl!

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Nice interview, Viviane. I'm a panster writer too. Like you, I just let my characters lead and my fingers follow (on the keyboard). Congrats and much success on your upcoming release.