Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kate Forsyth Interview

We Welcome Kate Forsyth. She so generously let me interview her.

Here are a few books Kate has written:

The Witches of Eileanan series 

Chronicles of Estelliana

And of course the Puzzle Ring

Do you feel you are as brave as Hannah?
I would like to be! I do try to be courageous – though in my life this means going to salsa dance classes or trying something new to eat, not facing evil fairy queens or grappling with the possibility of being burnt to death as a witch.

Do you feel time travel could take place?
Why not? It’s theoretically possible, given the nature of the universe. And look how much we have learnt to do in just the past 50 years. Being able to send a message to you in just seconds, to the other side of the world, is absolutely amazing.

What got you started writing YA books?
I’ve always wanted to write for this age group. I think that books affect you the most when you’re about 11, 12, 13 – they’re the books that haunt you for the rest of  your life.

Will there be a sequel? I am dying to know what Happens to Donavon!
I have an idea for a sequel .... but I don’t know when I’ll write it. I’m contracted for a few other books first!

If you could travel back in time what time era would you travel too?
I get asked this question a lot. I’d like to go back in time & solve a few mysteries. Did Mary, Queen of Scots, really murder her husband, or was she framed? I’d also love to go back in time & meet all my favourite writers – imagine drinking ale withShakespeare, having a dish of tea with the Bronte sisters, walking along the Thames with William Blake, hanging out withE.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf ... I’d hardly ever be home!

I felt there was a lot of life lessons in the book which I thought brought character. Did you intend for the lessons? 
Well, yes. Whenever I’m writing a book I think what obstacles does my character have to overcome? What lessons must he or she learn? For me, Hannah had to learn to trust, to have faith in herself and others, to be brave, to take joy in life. Simple things really, but so important!

Have you traveled to Scotland?
I have indeed, twice now. I went for a month while I was writing the book, and then I went back for 10 days to promote it. I love it so much! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world, I could happily move there.

Now for my random question. If you could have ANY animal as a pet what would it be, a bogey-cat perhaps?
I already have a bogey-cat. That’s a photo of her. Her name is Shadow, but we call her Skitty which is short for Schizoid as she is a very temperamental animal. She likes to lurk under couches and then attack any passing ankles. I also have aRhodesian Ridgeback called Jessie and a cockatiel called Dude.

Thank you Kate for taking time out of your busy schedule to rattle around in your brain. 

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Juju at Tales of said...

Fab job! :) I want to go to Scotland :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Great interview! Loved the pics and I'm with Juju... I want to go to Scotland!!!

Anne Spollen said...

Nice interview - I think she's right - those early books do stay with you for the rest of your days.

Lauren said...

Excellent interview. Standout for me is the possibility of a sequel to The Puzzle Ring. Yay! Hope it happens.

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Awesome interview with a fantastic author! Thanks for posting! :D