Today we’re in for a treat! I’m interviewing a very special guest author, Elise Edmonds! You may remember her as the Magic Writer, who helped me a lot with some world building questions for my writing a while back.
Recently, Elise published her first novel, Where Carpets Fly, and now she’s touring the world on her own flying carpet to tell us about herself and her book.
First things first, here’s a little about her book-
However, Elina soon sees a darker side of life: a foreigner arrested at the circus, forbidden schoolhouse rooms with odd comings and goings, and unsociable pupil Simeon’s shady deals at the docks. Everything seems connected to the volatile neighbouring country of Pallexon, but no one will tell her why.
When Elina and Simeon develop a magical mind link, he seems close to confiding in her. But an unexpected voyage takes Elina and Kara away from answers and towards unknown danger in Pallexon.
Alone in a strange country, with no identity papers, the situation rapidly turns into a nightmare when Kara is mistaken for a spy. With her own freedom at stake, Elina must rely on her wits and magic to save her friend and unravel the secrets of Pallexon.
Flying carpets have always held a fascination for me. There’s something exciting and exotic about them, and I wanted to capture that feeling in my world. I read a Diana Wynne Jones book about flying carpets (Castle in the Air – the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle), and I can say she’s also influenced my writing.
E- My favourite thing in young adult novels is watching characters grow up. I love how Elina turns from a naive slightly-entitled teen, into a young woman who is resourceful, loyal and courageous. She becomes more aware of the world around her and her place in it, and starts to think about what she can do to help others, rather than what the world owes her.
E- This was my first novel, so to start with, everything was hard. With the help of my good friends at Scribophile (a writing critique site), I learnt how to create tension and how to plot, how to make sure character motivation was believable, and how to keep the readers turning the page. Once I’d started learning about the craft of writing and the construction of a novel, things began to proceed a lot quicker. But it was a steep learning curve at the beginning.
E- Yes, the sequel is in progress! All being well, I may be able to get it out by the end of the year. That’s the current plan, if life allows it to happen! All I will say for now, is that the second novel lets you into the heads of a couple of Elina’s friends this time around, as well, and follows their journeys as the political situation worsens.
E- A dragon, for sure! I’d like to fly around all day, and swoop around breathing fire and cause a bit of havoc. Then I’d go home to a roast sheep and a night’s sleep on a bed of treasure in a cave.