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The elf and the Princess' author interview.
5/8/2008 5:54:28 AM
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Interview of author Anna del C. Dye, by Monica de Jesus
Anna... do you have a thing about swearing?
Our society’s speech is decaying at a fast rate, even when our schools do their best to teach our children to use proper English. I want to give our youth the chance to see that this decadence can be changed and we all have the power to do so. I want them to see the beauty of our language and perhaps to motivate them to use it correctly.
Why use fantasy to teach it?
It is a fun way for our youth to be exposed to language without their parents or teachers suggesting it. We all like to think that we do what we want and not what we are told by our parents or teachers. You know the saying “they are out of touch.” In a fantasy book you can use it without putting the reader in a defensive mode. They will probably think it was their own idea.
The Tolkien race of Elfs, has awed me from the beginning. He portrayed a beautiful people that I have developed to be the epitome of grace, in every way. Their courtesy and views are of utmost beauty and I wish for my readers to see that no matter what, we all have a choice in what we want to be in life the greatest, like the Elfs the OK ones, like mankind—or the worst, the bad characters. My Elfs are to teach us their ways in a subliminal way.
Is it hard to publish?
Like many other first writers, especially of fantasy, getting an edge in the publishing world is difficult. I am blessed to be surrounded with much talent and with a communal effort of many people.
Why choose your book instead of others?
I am not here to say that my work is better than everything else in the market. What I want you to know is that my book is very good and you owe it to yourself to give it a chance.
Where do you get the names in your book?
I collect names from anything I may be looking at. Then I change them a little. Adding double letters and “y”s are some of my favorites. It is not very hard once you get the hang of it.
How long did it take you to write The Elf and the Princess?
From beginning to ready to publish, it took three years. There were many revisions during that time; I wanted it to be the best possible.
Where do you get the ideas for your books?
For The Silent Warrior Trilogy, I got them from a continuation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I wanted to know what happened when the character named Legolas went home; what Elfs were like and their society, traditions, hobbies, etc. This series is the answer I found to my questions.
Why do you use a woman protagonist?
We all want to be Heroes and in our society, women are as heroic as men are. I would like to believe that men’s self-esteem is not so low that they would see this as a threat to their egos. I actually believe better of my readers.
How were you able to describe the fight scenes so well?
I have to do a lot of research and see how other writers explain their battles. I did not find many with whom I was happy. So, I did the fights in my head and watched battles scenes in movies. Trying to describe them was not easy at first. Then I found a medieval sword class offered at the local high school, and my husband and I enrolled in it. It was awesome and the instructor told me anything I wanted to know about the period.
Did you ever plan on being a writer?
No, I always thought I was not good at writing, especially when English is my second language.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
My husband ordered me to do it when I told him this tale I had in my head. LOL. Actually it was the draft of The Elf and the Princess.
What do you want your readers to learn from your books? Or how do you want to inspire your readers with your books?
I want them to know that no matter where we come from or what life has dealt us, we can always do better. We truly have choices and it is up to us to make the right one.
Are you planning sequels for the Elf and the Princess?
Yes, it is the first of a group of three books. They cover a span of eight years in the protagonist’s life.
Do you have the name or a date for the release of the next book in the series?
It will be called Trouble in the Elf City. I plan to release it in late summer 2008.
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