Hello friends! Finally, I am presenting my first ever author interview on the blog. Believe me, it was long overdue. Actually, I took this interview last year right after I finished reading The Crowns of Croswald 😛 Those of you who don’t know about this book, I would like to tell you that it was totally magical and was actually one of my favourite reads of 2017. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, then you NEED to read it.
When I finished The Crowns of Croswald, I had many questions in my mind as I was so happy to read such an amazing and adventuring story. The author, D.E. Night was kind enough to agree for the interview and taking some time out for answering my questions. At the time when I sent her the questions, there was a bad hurricane passing through Florida, if you can remember that hurricane last year (yes, she lives in Florida). But she kept connecting with me whenever she got the power supply and made sure to revert me back with the answers. Isn’t it sweet? Who will not love such an author? 😀
I had no idea what to ask an author for the first time but I tried my best 😛 I hope you will enjoy my questions as well as Night’s answers. But before that, let me give you an insight about The Crowns of Croswald so that you can get an idea.
Goodreads Blurb: In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
Sim: First of all, thank you and welcome to my blog. Can you please tell my readers more about yourself? I tried to find more details about you but couldn’t. 🙂
Night: You probably won’t find much; I’m a pretty private person (the reason I use a pseudonym) 🙂 Here are some random facts: I’m 30 years old, I have four brothers, I’m an animal lover, and my days are consumed by Croswald.
Sim: Let’s talk about your book Croswald. Your name and the character Derwin Edgar Night share same credentials. Any logic or special reason behind this? Is D.E. Night your real name?
Night: You’re right! D.E. Night is not my real name. One of my favorite aspects of magic in Croswald is the magic of capturing stories. When it came time to pick my pen name, I wanted both the play with words and to pay homage to one of the characters in the book. I consider any scrivenist’s desire to learn, document, discover, and write so inspirational.
Sim: What or who he is your inspiration behind the main character Ivy? If you can give one piece of advice to Ivy, what it would be?
Night: I knew I wanted to write about a strong, determined young woman, someone that young girls can look up to. Turns out you spend a lot of time with your main character! So I’m glad that she’s playful and courageous, too. I hope that Ivy will inspire people to trust their guts and begin their own adventures. The thing that I would say to Ivy is Let your powers shine. 🙂
Sim: Which was your favorite scene to write in The Crowns of Croswald?
Night: My favorite scene to write was probably the cabby scene (Chapter 3). I love all the weird and whacky things that go on while Ivy is headed to school. I also really love describing magical inventions.
Sim: I loved that scene too 🙂 I found that “The Crowns of Croswald” has some similarities with Harry Potter and is somewhat influenced in the beginning. Do you think it is inspired by HP somehow?
Night: I, like every other sensible human, am a Harry Potter fan. However, I hadn’t even read the first book when I wrote my first draft! I think Ivy’s journey really is a hero’s journey, an age-old story of someone discovering who they are through their quest. I think the more magical books the better.
Sim: Couldn’t agree more. There are so many magical elements in your book like quills, clouds, potions, forgotten room etc. How did you get the idea of these objects? Also, the cover of your book is quite magical. How did you come up with the idea for the cover of your book?
Night: I’m the queen of random! A lot of ideas just pop into my head. I also love bouncing ideas off my brothers. 😛
For the cover, I knew what I wanted right away. I wanted the lanterns to illuminate my title. Light is a theme throughout Croswald and the hairies add that magical flair.
Sim: What can the readers expect from the next book in the series? When it is going to be released (tentatively)?
Night: More Ivy, more Fyn, more Queen. J And Belzebuthe, a city for only scrivenists! The reason I’m so late getting these questions back to you is that I’ve been writing nonstop! My goal is releasing in the second half of 2018.
Sim: Now let’s talk about some personal stuff. What is your daily work process like? Do you write full time?
Night: The first thing is I need coffee! With almond milk. Then my pups join me at my computer. I try and write in 4 hour chunks, but I get some of my best ideas on my bike.
I absolutely write full time. Well, write and market my book since I’m a self-published author.
Sim: Have you ever faced writer’s block? How do you get over it? What keeps you motivated?
Night: Occasionally. I don’t stress over it though. I just remember that what I thought of today, I couldn’t have thought of or written yesterday. Everyday is a new day so I just walk away and take a break.
Sim: What’s your favorite food? And if you could go and live in one place, which one it would be?
Night: My favorite food is pizza. Although any of the pies that end up inside of Ivy’s dorm room sound pretty good right about now, too!
Disney World. I feel like you can experience many places, many worlds, while staying put. Sort of like a glanagerie bottle!
As the author said she is a pretty private person, I couldn’t find more details about her. But you can contact her at these places:
I want to thank D.E. Night for taking out some time for answering all my questions! I absolutely loved interacting with her and I hope you enjoyed this interview.
Like I said before, if you love Harry Potter and such books, don’t forget to read The Crowns of Croswald. You can find my review here.