A word with ...

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

What a treat to have the wonderful Eloise Williams, author of the fabulously spooky new novel Seaglass and before that Gaslight, one of my favourite books last year. Check out The Bookshelf for reviews of both books and listen carefully to Eloise's wise words below, she is a hugely gifted author and her advice to young writers is second to none, and explains a lot about why her own writing is so beautiful. 

Thank you Eloise for answering our questions today. 

What is the name of your favourite music artist?

Yann Tiersen is a brilliant musician and composer. I love his music and the way he plays about with instruments and layers of music is really interesting. I also really like Little Mix.

What is your favourite film?

Oh, that’s so hard. I love films! I’m caught between The Goonies and Jaws, The Princess Bride and La La Land but I could probably name another hundred or so other favourites.

Ooh ooh - I’m with you on Princess Bride. I LOVE The Fire Swamp & the rodents of unusual size! J

If you could acquire any talent of superpower what would it be?

I’d like to be able to read every book in the world. Super-fast reading would be such a brilliant superpower!

Who is your favourite fictional hero?

Edmund from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a really interesting hero. He starts off as the villain and learns from his mistakes. People who mess up but learn from it are the most heroic in my eyes.

Who is your favourite fictional villain?

Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is probably my favourite though I think she is a victim too. She is cruel and uses people terribly, but she is also sad and broken by her own experiences. She’s such a wonderful character.

Which is your favourite character from your books?

This changes often, but at the moment it is Lark, my main character in Seaglass. I put her through a lot and I think she has deep inner strength, and power, and the ability to change, which are all qualities I admire.

And I loved Nansi from Gaslight too – so gritty and determined. J

If you could be any fictional character which one would you choose?

Miss Marple! How wonderful to potter about unnoticed and knitting, while solving marvelous crimes!

If you could meet any character from history, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

Rosa Parks. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for the ripples you sent out into the world.

What’s your favourite occupation when you’re not writing?

I have a newfound love of gardening which is lucky as my garden had become a jungle. I like to watch all the little animals and birds scurrying and flitting about. I enjoy the changing seasons and watching how they affect nature and I like growing things. Especially things which aren’t too complicated. At the moment I am growing mint to make mint tea!

What’s your fantasy profession?

I’d like to be a marine conservationist. I’m really worried about the sea and the effect we are having on the planet. I’d like to be able to sweep up all the rubbish we’ve put into the oceans to make it safe and beautiful again for all the creatures that live in it.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your days what would it be?

Toast.

Is there a book you love to reread?

I love to reread the classics. The Secret Garden. Anne of Green Gables. Tom Sawyer. I have yet to read Little Women – I know, I know! People tell me I NEED to read it all the time.

Do you have any advice for young writers and storytellers?

 Read everything you can. Believe in your stories and stay true to your heart. If you are interested in your story and tell it passionately, other people will be interested too, and if they aren’t at least you’ll feel you did the best job you possibly could!

What can we look forward to from you next?

I’ve just started writing a book about witches. I can’t really tell you much more than that because I’m still at the imagining stage. I can tell you that it is going to be hot, and magical, and ever so slightly odd. 

I can’t wait for that Eloise it sounds intriguing.

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, check out these two wonderful novels. You have a treat in store:-



 

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