I love the descriptions of the Garden, as though it were a living, breathing being – beautiful but malevolent. The descriptions give insight to Addy's particular brand of imagination. Here's one I particularly like:
“... Then the flywheel of panic slowed and she dropped to the ground, her breath returning. She stared at the Garden from its rich, cool underbelly.
The Garden stared back, and here it had many sets of eyes to see through, many pairs of white smooth hands reaching to pull her deeper into its wild heart. An army of giant stone forms stood in the clearing before her, some with arms outstretched as though to beckon her into their midst. The giant statues towered over Addy, their shadows monstrous pools of ink staining the rocky ground. Addy stared from one statue to the other, feeling a little faint. She was exactly where she had been yesterday when she had heard the ghostly voice.”
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Enitua, my mischievous pixie, would be a delight to see on the big screen! I think that Helena Bonham Carter could do a marvelous job of portraying her particular brand of chaos. I would want an unknown to play Addy – a young girl who could aptly portray Addy's innocence, yet someone strong-willed and deeply moved by imagination.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
I write for the joy of it, the poetry. I write for the love of seeing the printed word on the page and for the whirlwind of sensitivity, welling up from my heart and soul, bubbling up onto the surface of my mind – creating its own weather. What is important, is the music of the writing, the marriage of thoughts and soul, marking my particular place in the universe.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
Words will always be inadequate: I won't always hit on the perfect word-images, convey the exact shade of blue or mood of my soul. That is what is painful. Also, writing is an act of violence. It tears open wounds in the consciousness, allows you to bleed your emotions. It can be as painful as it is beautiful – a kind of soul-labour.
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
C. S. Lewis is my favourite author of all time. I would like to live in Narnia! I also enjoy Lucy Maud Montgomery, J. R. R. Tolkien, John Bellairs and Diana Wynne Jones. I think the best books are fantasy books. Fantasy is the language of the soul, it allows you to talk about great truths, like the war between good and evil, the power of the soul, or the nature of human beings and their Creator. Fantasy talks about real truth – only the truth is wearing different clothes, to give us new perspective.