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Today I’m on the ‘The Jumble Sale’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.
Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.
Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.
Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?
Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂 .
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hi, I’m Lily Rose. I guess I became an author officially a few years ago when I started getting my stories published. I have always been a writer. I used to write on the school bus on the way to school every day. The words were a little wobbly as the road was unsealed and bumpy. But I persisted, because I just had to get the story written down. I’ve not always been an author, for a while I was in genetics research, which I enjoyed, but nowhere near as much as writing.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis. It really captured my imagination as a child and it still does. I really wish I had a wardrobe that would take me to curious worlds.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d love to speak to JRR Tolkien, if he were still alive. I think he created an amazing world in the Lord of the Rings series, and I’d like to hear more of the ‘behind the scenes’ sort of information he did to create such large volumes of work, and how he kept track of all the details.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would like to invite Zadi from The Jumble Sale to have tea with me. I think she would be a lot of fun to talk with, and she would have some great tips on how to upcycle items instead of discarding them as rubbish.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
A cup of coffee or tea is a must. I don’t have any snacks. I will have some music playing in the background if I’m home. Sometimes I’m a little naughty and I have the TV on when writing, usually on a lifestyle show, so it is easy to tune out. I seem to like to have some background noise. I also like to put on the diffuser, and have a gentle smell of sweet orange wafting through my writing space.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
No, people in my life don’t need to be worried 😉 I have a big imagination and I really enjoy making up stories, and creating characters, that’s my sort of fun.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a pantser. I really do fly by the seat of my pants. Though I do spend time thinking about the stories, so I do a bit of plotting in my head, if that counts.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Keep persisting, and keep writing. Follow your heart. It’s a hard road sometimes, so work out why you really really really want to write and always keep it in mind.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I want to write more books in the misfit monster series. I’m looking forward to sitting down and writing book two very soon. I have a very cool idea in mind.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Of course! Here is an excerpt:
“I don’t have time for a town meeting.” He motioned for Yeneri to close the door.
“Wait.” Zadi jumped up. “I know my rights, and on this one you have to call a meeting if asked to. You made that rule. Actually, we all made that rule last year.”
“Well, Yeneri’s computer isn’t working, so we can’t check the rules.”
As if on cue, Yeneri’s computer stomach sparked back to life.
“Looks like we can,” said Zadi.
She wasn’t sure if this town meeting was really going to be a good idea or not. But there were two issues they had to address. Only one she had an idea for. The other she was hoping to come up with a solution soonish. Or maybe someone else might at the meeting. It was a risk but it had to be done. Their survival depended on it.
Yeneri’s computer screen beeped and flashed with light as the town rules came up on the screen. He scrolled the list of rules. “Here it is. Number sixty-seven. Anyone can call a town meeting.”
“I think we should change that,” grumbled Ori under his breath.
Zadi beamed. “So, let us out so we can have the town meeting.”
She watched his face slowly turning red with anger. How someone with such a temper managed to get the job he was in she wasn’t so sure. But then no one else wanted it, and he was good with some things being a wizard and all.
“This isn’t a way to get out of the blender.”
“This isn’t about being in the blender. We have an issue and we need to discuss it.”
Ori narrowed his eyes.
“Sir, she’s right. Last year it was agreed at a town meeting that anyone could call a meeting if there were things that needed to be discussed.”
Ori glared at Yeneri, causing him to jump.
“What on earth do you want to discuss?”
Zadi took a deep breath to settle her nerves. “The regulation of the gate—”
“Blah,” Ori interrupted. “They don’t—”
“They do so. At least modified. We can have a meeting first to see what everyone thinks.”
Ori muttered to himself.
Confidence welled inside of Zadi. “And I’d like to discuss what can be done about the diminishing hunting grounds.”
“I’ve said there’s nothing to do about that.”
“I disagree, and anyway it’s not for you to decide. We’re all capable of making our own decisions. The discussion for this is at the meeting.” Zadi held her ground, there was no way she was backing off now. She might not know exactly what she needed to do, or how the meeting would go, but as a community they must discuss it as it affected them all. And their future. It couldn’t be ignored any longer. Ori might not want to look at this problem, but she was ready to.
Ori’s face went slowly red. Zadi saw a little steam coming out of his ears.
Everyone knew he hated confrontation.
“Fine then. I’ll call the meeting.” He turned around and flicked his fingers. After he stormed through the door it slammed shut, followed by the sound of a small click announcing it had been locked.
“Hey, you have to let us out for the meeting.” Zadi banged on the door.
“For the meeting and not a moment earlier.” He stalked away.
“Way to go, Zadi.”
Zadi turned around to see Tamra beaming at her.
“You were amazing.”
Oh my 😮 … Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Lily Rose.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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