I have known for a long time that writers are a rare breed of folk. From my volunteer work with Skagit Valley Writers League to Whidbey Island Writers Association and the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts to brick and mortar book sellers: authors create as much community as they can, helping each other, encouraging each other–making sure we all have a voice uniquely our own, and through our critique groups, making sure our commas are in the right places…
I was approached by an outstanding author, February Grace, recently for an interview. It’s exciting really – to be interviewed by such an amazing author! Here is the link to what we talked about on her vibrant and brilliant Clockwork Conversations. I thought you might like to get to know the author behind all the fabulousness that is February Grace.
So, without further ado, here is the dazzling Ms. Grace …
February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. In previous novels, she has introduced readers to characters with clockwork hearts, told of romantic modern-day fairy godparents, and reimagined a legend, centuries old. Now, in her fifth novel with Booktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION and embark on a trip through time. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
FG: If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would buy a house in Golden Oak, which is a new housing development that is right INSIDE Walt Disney World. Yes, for a price (a pretty one LOL) you can actually live at Walt Disney World. That would be my dream come true… to always be within fifteen minutes of EPCOT and The Magic Kingdom… I can’t think of anything that could be more amazing than that. Because I grew up on Disney, going back there always feels like going home.
- What is the one thing that’s sure to make you smile and inspire you the most?
FG: When someone close to me say something encouraging to me about art or writing. It doesn’t have to happen often; I can go for ages on one positive, encouraging remark. Those times they say things like “Write what your heart tells you,” and “Paint what you want,” or “You don’t have anything to prove, tell the story you want to tell…” mean the world to me. As far as making me smile, my sweet little gray and white kitty hugging his favorite toy, a stuffed doll of Elsa from Frozen, never fails to do the trick. The cute, people. I tell you, it’s overwhelming, the cute.
- Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre? Why?
FG: Tough to nail it down– but I have to say I think my favorite author of all time was the poet Tennyson. If you’d asked me that question before I might have said Charlotte Bronte or Douglas Adams (and different as they are, they are in my top three with Lord Alfred) but there is just something about Tennyson’s words that cast a spell over me. I am very fond of non-fiction books as well, especially those about Temperament Theory. In that instance, Dr. Keirsey is my favorite author. So it varies.
Love stories and poems, of course, are my all time favorites to read but the good thing is that romance crosses genres so I can find it almost anywhere I want to. And if I can’t find the story I was looking for, sometimes I write it myself! :~)
- When thinking about your own work, are you most like Virginia Woolf, Laura Ingalls Wilder, J.D. Robb, or _______? Give us an example.
Ooo, that is a hard one. I honestly have no idea. I don’t compare myself to other writers when I’m writing because my characters tell the story– I just take dictation. I guess I would have to leave it up to my readers whether or not my work reminded them of anyone else’s and honestly, I think that I would find it the best thing of all if it didn’t. It would be amazing to have my work thought of as having a voice of its own.
- Who is your favorite character?
In one of my books or in any book in general? So difficult to choose. The easy answer is Jane Eyre but the more realistic answer is Arthur Dent from Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Arthur is every man/person, you can relate to his struggles in a very human way. And no one wrote humor like Douglas Adams could.
- You work in two genres, fantasy and steampunk, is it fair to ask which one you like better? (sorry I had to ask )
I actually consider my main genre to be romance. I wrote a literary romance with Steampunk embellishments, (Godspeed) and I wrote a duology about modern fairy godparents (Of Stardust and In Starlight) and those were fantasy romance. Then I wrote a very romantic fairy-tale retelling and now I am writing a fantasy/time travel story that is more than anything else also a romance. So though I don’t write contemporary romance, romance is definitely my focus in all my stories, love is the point of it all, to me, after all!
- Finish this sentence: I write because…
… I want to touch people’s hearts. I hope to give them something, or someone in the form of a character, to remember and treasure. If I can give readers a moment/experience like that, then there’s nothing more I could ask for as a writer or artist.
Thank you so much for having me as your guest!
You can learn more about February Grace and her writing by visiting her at www.februarywriter.blogspot.com or connecting on Twitter @februarygrace
Check out her books here – or go to your favorite bookseller!