Yoshiko and the Gift Of Charms. It is a brand new inspirational children's book, aimed at 8-14 years but suitable to everyone. She has been described as 'the new JK Rowling' by The Daily Mail and has the potential to make it as a bestseller. The book is on my way, so a review will be up soon!
How would you describe your book in one word?
What inspired the Land Of Dragor?
My inspiration came from a childhood love of nature, the outdoors and adventure and the love of creating something that will make a difference in people’s lives, both to inspire and escape. I aimed to produce something that included what I had learned through life in the hope it would help others overcome difficulties. I also wanted to create a magical place (Dragor) that filled everyone who read it with warmth as though they were there. Like the feeling of home.
Who do you recommend the series for?
All ages who have read my book have loved it - though the target is 8 to 14, it has something for everyone. The series grows with three children who come to be the heroes in Book 2 so there is ever-growing intrigue. The children live in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s town, and each have their own interests and important talents and purposes that play out.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I have an absolute passion for fashion, I design all my own clothes and enjoy all sports and particularly tennis. I also love to bake... cakes especially, which my ten-year-old son likes to do with me. I do like a good evening of junk TV, especially Strictly Come Dancing as dance is a big hobby too. I have a national dance competition running in line with the book...on Facebook it is promoted as 'Dragor Dream Dancer'.
What is it like, publishing a book?
I always say to people it’s like being pregnant, you go through all kind of worries, doubts and excitement. It seems to take forever, and sometimes you get tired. Right at the end it can be painful, late nights of editing and deadlines. And then finally comes joy when you have finished and got it out :). Then you feel you should go for your second!
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Follow your dream, be persistent, take advice and listen to your heart. If you have talent and vision keep going and turn every stone. Be as imaginative and unconventional as possible to get noticed!
What is your favourite book and why?
The Enid Blyton books, 'The Enchanted Wood'. They open up the mind and imagination to all possibilities which has to be a good thing for a child. I particularly like the fascinating character 'The Saucepan Man'. He is scary but likeable.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Read or write? Write
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Black or pink? Pink
Music or TV? Music
Thanks, Julia! :-)