Das heutige BTW Interview ist mit einem süßen Mädchen aus Deutschland. Ich dachte, ich hätte Spaß daran das Intro ins deutsche zu übersetzten, aber leider kenne ich keine Deutschen. Ein Juhu für Google Übersetzung! Aber selbst mit, denke ich, dass die Übersetzung nicht genau ist, aber vielleicht kann Fabienne die Fehler für uns richten?
And for those of us who don’t speak German, that says, “Today’s BTWP interview is with a sweet girl from Germany. I thought I’d have fun and try to write the intro in German, but alas, I don’t know any German. Huzzah for Google Translate! But even then, I’m guessing that this translation isn’t accurate, so maybe Fabienne can fix the mistakes for us?” 🙂 (Edit: She did!)
Herzlich willkommen (Please welcome)
What is your earliest writing memory? What did you write about? Did it have a title?
A poem written in grade 3. I think it was a poem for the Mother’s day and it was in heart-shape and red. You know the poems written in lines and the words getting fewer and fewer until there is only one word in one line left? That was one.
After that I only wrote again in grade 8. It was a creative test in German form. We should write a short diary entry of a Jew boy. It was so much fun and and that got me an A.
Maybe that was the time I should have realized that I love to write stories. But I didn’t. I was that clueless kind of girl.
It took me actually eight years to realize that I love to create stories. And two years to realize I want to become a professional author. Yeah, what a clueless girl.
When you were 6, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A detective, definetly. I thought I’d be awesome to solve cases – like finiding disappeared Barbies or how Santa Claus can come into a house without a chimney. (The Barbies, by the way, didn’t have disapperead I just couldn’t remember where I had put them). I also wanted those cool stuff, like a loupe, fingerprint powder and that stuff called invisible ink. Writing invisible messages to friends? You felt like Indiana Jones and James Bond at the same time. At that time I wanted to be a ballet dancer too.
Thinking about it, I could have been a ballet dancing detective …
What is the best compliment your writing has ever received?
Ah, I don’t know. All the compliments I got were the best.
Can you tell us a little about your current WIP?
Akhenaten is rising again. Now he wants to collect all the scattered relics he needs to regain his power. If he finds all pieces of his sundial he will bring chaos and darkness over the world, enslaving every human being. Thirteen-year-old Violetta O’Shea and Egyptian boy Set Bekhit have to find the relics before the Pharao does. With much help of unforgettable friends and a wise-cracking snake bracelet, the two kids have to save the world before it’s too late.
Do you follow a routine when it comes to writing?
Normally, I start with brainstorming and plotting. After that everything depends on what came out of the plotting and brainstorming. Do I already like the story? Does the story need some refreshing thoughts, a new makeover? Do I need to start the whole story over? A lot of questions. But when I answered them I’m ready to write. While writing I change some things here and there and think some things over and over again. But I never write the book in different orders, it would just confuse me and I would end up changing everything I wrote until then. I also never write my story with pen on paper. It’s just that I don’t like to read my own handwriting. *laugh*
What do you find hardest about writing?
Seating my butt in chair.
What is your favorite book (at least currently)?
Honestly? All Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins books. I just love Percy Jackson and Gregor the Overlander. Currently, I read “The Son Of Neptune” and adore it. Can’t wait for the sequel to come out. But I also like some classical literature too, like Goethe’s “Faust” or “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?” But I’m not that big of an adult literatur fan.
What non-writing hobbies do you like to participate in?
I draw and paint. And cook and back a lot. I love backing Cup cakes.
If you had $1,000,001, what would you do with the $1?
I’d buy myself a cool ice lolly. Or invest it in the sometime-pigs-will-fly technology.
Give us one random fact about yourself.
I am from Germany but only write my stories in English. It could have something to do with the fact that I will study in England next year, but I won’t depend on that fact – I heard it from a not-flying pig and they’re not trustworthy if you ask me.
Thank you for such a great interview, Fabienne! I look forward to reading about Violetta and Set Bekhit!