As part of her book tour for Supernatural Freak, I have author Louisa Klein here today with an interview. I also have an ebook giveaway of her book.
Which of your characters is your favourite?
Definitely James Turner, a talented and powerful British wizard who collaborates with Robyn, the main character. At first, he wasn’t supposed to be in my book, but he came nevertheless, totally uninvited, with those blue eyes and that scruffy charm of his. I was clueless about his role in the story but then, getting to know him better, I decided that he had to be Robyn’s closest friend and her love interest because, let’s face it: he’s great. I so wish he was based on a real person, but unfortunately he’s not, I have never met anybody like him. He knows no compromise; he would go through a wall to do what he thinks it’s right. He’s no diplomat and proud of it, he jeopardized his career to keep his conscience intact, refusing to be a hypocrite, refusing to hurt anybody in exchange for power and wealth. Physically speaking, he’s based on Hugh Laurie. In fact, you just imagine him as a Hugh Laurie in his early forties (when he started House) and you pretty much have got James’ appearance. In fact, I called him ‘James’ only because Laurie’s first name is actually ‘James’ and not Hugh, although I read no one has ever used his first name, not even his parents.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
One is not ‘based’ but it’s the exact same person: my wonderful, fluffy and scruffy dog Martino. I rescued him 7 years ago from a terrible place where he had been, among other things, shot in the chest by some bastard, just like that, for simple fun. He has 53 pellets in his lungs which cannot be removed and therefore he’s chronically ill. But the amazing thing is that, in spite of his terrible experience, he stayed sweet and affectionate and, unless he’s feeling really poorly, he always has a smile on his face! I put it in the novel, so to make him immortal. He’s not going to live long, because of his lungs so I thought, why not put him in my book? If only one person will read it in 50 years, my dog will be, somehow, still alive.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I jump around. A lot. It keeps things exciting for me and it’s good fun. I outline a little, although I’m not a big fun of outlines. I’m afraid I’m a reckless rebel through and through!;)
Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?
Of course I do! In fact, I look forward to them! Feedback from readers and bloggers is massively important to me, I do think it’s indispensable to become a better story-teller.
What books have influenced your writing?
I am a confessed bookworm and read a lot, especially since and I am lucky enough to be able to read in 4 different languages, so I can enjoy the story straight from the horse mouth, as they say, without the filter of a translation. Strictly speaking, my writing is more inspired by TV series such as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Supernatural” and “Once Upon a Time”. From said series I have learned (hopefully!) to dose the pace of the story and to write funny, effective dialogues. That said, my favourite writers are, among others, J.K Rowling, Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Wodehouse, Goethe, all the great European Classics, such as Balzac, Molière, Shakespeare, Dante. They are all great masters and all have something to teach to modest storytellers like me. I was also a big fan of the Latin classics as a teenager, I do believe I have learned a thing or two about plot building from the first two fantasy novels ever written: “The Satyricon” by Petronius and “The Metamorphoses” by, the latter being the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety. It relates the adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into a donkey. Totally gripping and hilarious. I also owe Michael Ende a lot: “The Neverending Story” is the first book I read in German, when I was eight and it will be forever tattooed on my heart!
Louisa Klein is 25, lives in the UK but was born in Germany and brought up in Southern Europe by a German dad and an Italian and French mum, which made her a little confused at first. She has a degree in Medieval Studies and a postgraduate one in Marketing. She’s been working in publishing on and off since she was 17 and during the day she is a freelancer and an Urban Fantasy writer. At night, she puts on a mask and fights British crime. She gets very little sleep.
When paranormal expert Robyn Wise is offered an outrageous sum of money to cure a boy who is turning into a dead tree, she’s very sceptical. A politician ready to pay that much to make his son stop growing branches instead of hair? Come on! She’s more likely to be abducted by aliens. This is a trap. Or much worse. And, of course, it’s much worse.
The child is turning into a dark portal, created by a powerful entity determined to absorb Fairyland’s power. This means that not only queen Titania and her court are in danger, but the very balance of the magic fluxes.
Robyn’d rather stick a pencil in her own eye but. to learn how to destroy the portal, she has to sneak into the Wizardry Council, a place full of wizards who are hiding something—though it’s certainly not their dislike of her.
There, she discovers a terrible secret that could help to overthrow Fairyland’s enemies for good, but puts her in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, and not as a bystander, but as the main target.
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