Today I have the pleasure of interviewing d.k.snape, author of the newly released Middle Grade/YA science fiction fantasy Kin Ship: Moustache on the Moon – Part One. For those of you unacquainted with d.k., let’s take a moment to introduce her to all of you patient people…
I grew up in a small town just north of Toronto. I always had a vivid imagination. Ask my mother. It’s not that I don’t like to tell the truth. But isn’t the world a brighter place when fairies and aliens populate the local neighborhood? Being an intelligent, non-girlie girl, I didn’t fit in well with my peers. Instead I found books! I read everything I got my hands on. And I mean everything. I contracted some ugly balance-affecting disease at twelve. Stuck in bed for months, my family and neighbours rallied, bringing me books of all kinds once I finished the encyclopedia and dictionary, cover to cover. They just wanted me happy. And quiet. But boredom struck. You can’t just read all the time, I tried copying some of my favorite stories, embellishing them as I saw fit. And one day, I wrote one of my own, all by myself. Personally thought I’d done a good job. When it didn’t receive rave reviews from my family, I decided to try harder, not give up and leave it to the experts like my parents wanted. I’m finally ready for the world to decide.
Welcome d.k.! First up, why don’t you tell us about your writing process?
I need an idea first. Doesn’t have to be much of one – I’m pretty good at embellishing. I like to flesh out one scene enough that I can see, hear and taste it. Then I study the scene so I can develop a character who fits into it. Once I have someone to write about, that intriguing scene, then it’s all about who did what to whom and why.
Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
I write in several genres already. I’d really like to write a believable murder/thriller. I try, but so far don’t do justice to that kind of story. Maybe I need to watch a gory death scene? Or go out on a police ride along? Might give me a new set of experiences; the kind I’d need to use to get into the mind of a killer.
What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
I’ve gotta say reading Black Beauty, Old Yeller, Call of the Wild, Beautiful Joe, and My Friend Flicka influenced me greatly. I cried over those stories when I wasn’t more than seven years old. I believe my creative writing teachers must have despaired when assigning us stories to write. Mine have always ended up being an animal story with a tear jerking scene or two.
If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
I’d love to see Emma Watson as Marnie. Though I don’t think she’s tall enough.
Maybe you’d call this extreme nepotism, but my undiscovered actor son would play Topher beautifully. He should be able to, I modelled Topher after him.
What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
Gibber frantically for about an hour. Wake up my husband to tell him, call my mother, then email everyone I know.
Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
I am a horrible person. I smoke cigarettes. Other than that, if I get truly stuck on a scene I leaf through art books I have and listen to instrumental music.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love to garden. I like taking long walks with my dog. I sketch. I listen to lots of music.
Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
This is from the next part of Moustache on the Moon. It might be called Beginnings.
We startled a few deer, grazing at the edge of the forest. They scattered as we bounded up. Surprised to see humans, I guess. The beautiful beasts bounded back into the leaves and disappeared, as if they’d never been there at all. As they moved into the forest, a blue light shimmered at the corner of my eye. Like they crossed a force field that wasn’t meant to keep them in.
I put my hand out into the space that had glimmered. A blue light enveloped my fingers, pushing me back. I walked back and forth, dragging my hand against the almost invisible field, trying to find an end. Blue streaks followed my fingertips.
We’d been caged! This strange blue glimmering haze appeared to be all that stood between me and freedom.
Excellent! Where do you find your inspiration?
Let me tell you a secret. A few years ago I prayed to the Muse, but I didn’t specify which one. Now I get bombarded with ideas – probably too many to write in my lifetime. I think the Muse is lonely.
Thank you d.k. for taking the time to answer my questions. And as a treat for my readers, here’s a little peek into Kin Ship: Moustache on the Moon – Part One…
We believe in life on other planets. We believe they visit us from time to time. What if life also evolves in the vast empty space between galaxies, among the very stars themselves? What would it look like? What would you do if it showed up in our skies?
Marnie is your average teenager. She goes to school every day, hangs out with her friends, and tries to stay out of trouble. One morning, while suffering through another boring class, her world is turned upside down when two intergalactic strangers come to collect her.
And it’s not just Marnie’s world, but her whole family’s too. It seems that random kids and their moms and dads have also been scooped up and taken to the hidden mountain valley far from their homes. No one knows why they’ve been selected or what’s really going on…
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