Last week I reviewed a book I greatly enjoyed reading, The Fourth Wish by Elizabeth Varadan (CreateSpace, reprinted in 2010). Elizabeth is not only a gifted writer but a delightful person to know. I hope you'll also enjoy learning more about this author and some behind-the-scenes details about her book in this two-part interview. The second part is scheduled to run the end of this week, so be sure to watch for it!
By the way, Elizabeth would like to send a signed copy of her book to one lucky winner. Contest details are at the end of this post. Did you miss last week's book review? It's available at http://michellefayard.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-review-and-giveaway-contest-fourth.html. And now for the interview ...
When and why did you begin writing?
Oh, I've been writing all my life, ever since my mother let me use her typewriter when I was 10 to write my little stories. But when I was 6, I was making up comics about a frog named Leapy Plop-a-doodle.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I was doing that comic book.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) of The Fourth Wish to write and why?
I really liked the scene when the crullers started multiplying and no one knew why. It was just a lot of fun to imagine that scene and the ones ensuing from it.
Did you have a favorite character and why?
My favorite character was Arthur. He just seem to spring full blown from my head, and I felt ahead of time that I knew everything he was going to say. He was engaging and humorous, and I've found out since the book came out that he was a favorite of quite a few others as well.
Is there a message in The Fourth Wish you hope will resonate with readers?
Hmm. I suppose the importance of being kind would be one thing. Another would be a twist on that old adage, "Be careful what you wish."
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all imagination?
This book was completely imagination, all about "What if?"
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The famous "middle" that always bogs down in early drafts. Thank goodness I had a good writing group and people kept asking questions.
Did you learn anything surprising when writing your book? If so, what was it?
Well I did wonder at one point just who Mrs. Seraphina was. And then, when I realized, I thought, "Of course!"
If readers could remember only one thing about you and The Fourth Wish, what would it be?
There's more to magic than meets the eye ...
Visit Elizabeth Varadan at http://elizabethvaradansfourthwish.blogspot.com.
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