Author Interview with Daisy Piper

In celebration of the awesome Fairytale Fortnight event being hosted by Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing and The Book Rat, I am linking up an interview with a wonderful debut author. Ms. Piper has written one of the most charming original fairy tales I have ever read. I absolutely adored it! I'm happy to say that there will be more in the series, too. Want to know more about Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara? Read my full review here.

Ms. Piper has graciously offered to give away an e-book copy of this darling book to one lucky winner. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment in the comment box below with your contact information. Winners will be chosen on May 1st and notified via e-mail.

Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara (Callie Chronicles)

Note: Anything in blue from this point forward is my personal commentary.

Here is the interview:

The technical stuff:

1. How did you come up with the idea for Princess Callie and the Totally
Amazing Talking Tiara?
I was riding a bus one day, staring out the window. I must have been bored, because all of a sudden—in my imagination-- I saw the gargoyles, Terry and Kevin peering down at Callie in the lamplight of the Grimstead Gate. I thought—who is she? Why is she there? The story really took off from that point.

2. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
For me, the hardest part of writing is the revisions. The first draft is the fun part—you can let your imagination go and write down everything as it comes to you. But after your critique partner goes over the manuscript and breaks it down, the hard work begins. You have to be ruthless—aiming for a fast pace and cutting everything that doesn’t really need to be there.

3. What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, being an author is the epitome of creativity. I once heard Someone say that when you’re the author, you’re also the director, the writer, the actors, the set designers, costume designers, special effects technicians, etc. Whatever you can imagine, you can create on the page.

4. What are you working on now?
I am almost finished the first draft of Book II of The Callie Chronicles: PRINCESS CALLIE AND THE FANTASTIC FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON. The second book in the series features Earle, as well as another Royal Dragon. This book should be available on the Kindlestore and Smashwords by late May 2011.

I am so excited to hear that we will get to see more of Earl, the near-sighted dragon!

5. Do you have any favorite authors and/or favorite books?
For children’s books, my favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, Eva Ibbotson, Joan Aiken, Madeline L’Engle, Lemony Snicket, and Dav Pilkey. I read widely, and I also enjoy Greg Iles, James Patterson, Lindsey Davis, Tess Gerritsen, Julianne MacLean, Tessa Dare, Anna Campbell, Wilbur Smith, Bernard Cornwell, and the incomparable Agatha Christie.

Book related questions:

I just have to ask these because I’m itching to know! I’m excited to know that Earle will be a larger part of the second book. He seems so adorable. The mental image of a young dragon wearing glasses is too cute!

1. How did you come up with some of the creatures featured in your story? (i.e. Sweetbugs, the hilarious gargoyles)
As I mentioned previously, the gargoyles just popped into my head one day. With the Sweetbugs, I purposely tried to create different details between the magical world of Albion and our world. I had to think about everything from lighting, every-day food, transportation, road signs, and newspapers.

2. At the end of the book, it seems that Callie’s troubles with Wanda are not resolved. Will we see Wanda in book #2 of the Callie Chronicles, and what role might she play?
You’re right—Callie’s troubles with Wanda are far from over. Wanda has a major role in Book II, and will have for the entire series. In a way, Wanda is the flip-side of Callie. They co-exist and challenge each other.

3. What secrets will Callie’s mother’s diary hold (if any)?
There are definitely secrets in the diary. Someone has hidden it away… Who? Why? What could possibly be so dangerous, buried in the pages of Callie’s mother’s diary? I touch on this in Book II, but I hope to write Princess Anastasia’s diary and publish it as a companion piece to the series.

Random stuff:

1. If you could be any character from a book you’ve read, who would it be? Why?
I’d be Tigger, from A.A.Milne’s “Winne the Pooh.” He bounces… he has fun. What more is there?

2. What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation?

 I personally am not a fan of books being made into movies.(With the exception of The Outsiders.) It seems that Hollywood does not do the books justice. If you feel the same way, it’s ok.

I would have to say the Harry Potter movies. I thought the casting was excellent, and the atmosphere matched what I had imagined while reading.

3. If you found out tomorrow that you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy/do with your winnings?
The first thing I would do is buy a long-arm quilting machine. I am a self-taught quilter and I use a sewing machine for both piecing and quilting. I often struggle with a full-sized quilt when I am quilting it on my machine. Long-arm quilters are somewhat expensive, but make this final step a lot easier.


Bookish Brunette said... .

*giggling* "Tigger. He bounces."

Loved it! Great interview!

April 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM
A Backwards Story said... .

I loved this interview. It makes me want to read this even more! I especially loved all the insight on the writing process, which I'm crrently going through myself!

April 21, 2011 at 12:54 AM

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