What is the working title of your book?
Weight of Earth
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A lot of different events came to me separately, and I wrote them into one plot line. Some inspiring people I know helped me shape the characters of Virginia, William and Julianne… and the rest was an exercise in meditation and writing through years of writer’s block. I have always been interested in blood lines and old mysteries. Also, the concept of a sixth sense, or a Sight has always interested me, because apparently my great-grandmother had a gift like that. I started to imagine what life would be like for one ordinary girl who knew she came from an unusual family but was never allowed to know about it… and Ella was born.
What genre does your book fall under?
My publicist calls my writing “Literary Fiction with an Edge…” and I’d agree with that, but add “with a little Magical Realism.” Just for this book.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
You know, I have a difficult time imagining any of my characters played by actors. They seem like real people to me, not Hollywood material. Except Zeth, maybe. He’s a pretty beautiful young man… smouldering eyes and the whole bit. I might like a yummy dark-haired Hollywooder for him.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Girl uncovers family secrets that shake the lives of everyone she loves.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Weight of Earth will be published by Evolved Publishing in November.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Ages. I can’t even remember. It’s hard to even tell where the first draft actually ends, because writing a novel is a constant exercise in redrafting. I’m probably on the fifth or sixth version by now anyway….
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm. Well… it’s probably something like The Mists of Avalon meets Steel Magnolias.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Many different things. Some very interesting people I met in real life. And some other very interesting people who only live in my head. I don’t actually write about real people in fiction, but I sometimes use their traits to shape the character, then give the fictionalised person their own path and hardships and direction, so that process of creation is always fun when you have something strong to start with….
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Readers seem to connect with my characters, so I hope they find new friends in the pages of Weight of Earth. A little magic never hurt either. No other worlds or time travel; just ordinary people with extraordinary capabilities… and some good old-fashioned family secrets.
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D.T. Conklin: Eulolgy
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Ruby Standing Deer: Circles
Michael Dadich: The Silver Sphere
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