Sunday, May 12, 2013

Interview with Young Adult Author Anna del C. Dye

I was born in Valparaiso, Chile. I came to the USA at age 21 to be married two weeks later. I have lived in Utah all my married life, and have travelled to many places in the USA. We are the parents of three princes and a princess. I love ruins, medieval and fantasy things.

Welcome back to my blog, Anna. I understand this new book is number six in your Elf Series, but it’s a stand-alone book and can be read separately. Please tell us about your book.

It is always a pleasure to be with you and your friends, Linda. Flying takes you to new heights. Here is a bit about A Flying Elf. Shahira is a she-eagle and lives with her father, mother, and baby brother. Her dream is to find a stripling young eagle for her mate. But mating is a ritual that happens in the sky and she cannot fly. She keeps telling herself that soon she will be able to, but every time she tries she falls.

The character causing all the problems in this tale is Huzan. He is almost a wizard and suffers from schizophrenia. He hears and sees people talking to him all the time. This makes him very dangerous, especially as he thinks his brother, the head of the Wizarding School, is against him. A crazy wizard, on his own, pursued by his personal demons, makes for interesting suspense.

Lets not forget Llorradinn. He is the Elf who finds love in Shahira’s nest and who is willing to do anything for her. As a true Elf, he would sacrifice his life for Shahira if it would make her happy. 

Where did you get your inspiration for this series?

From Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. My son got me hooked on the books, and when the movies came out my imagination went wild. I have so many characters wanting to be first in my head I can’t write fast enough. 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Eagles are the main characters in this tale, so I needed to ask questions about their lives and what they are like. The person in charge of the eagles in Tracy Aviary at a park in Utah was very nice and let me pick his brain. For my artist, we Googled eagles and had hundreds of pictures to choose from.

You love to write elf stories. What intrigues you most about writing these books?

What intrigues me most is how my Elfs came to me with their personalities clear and unwavering. They aren’t perfect, but they are certainly far ahead of any human I have met in real life. The world of my elfs is so pure and humble that it inspires many of my readers and me, because you can’t find that in real life and as humans we need it. The way elfs love and care for the she-elfs is humbling and the way the she-elfs reciprocate to their companion’s care and love is heavenly. I believe that is what every human being wants in life… someone who will see past our imperfections and treat us with utmost respect and love, in spite of it all.  

Thanks, Anna, for a wonderful interview. Your books sound awesome. The “world of elves” sounds so intriguing to me.


Mary Preston said...

This series sounds fabulous. I know my daughter, and I, would love these stories.


teena3940 said...

Would love to win so I can read it to my 4 grandchildren.. Thanks for the chance.

Robin Christofaro said...

Sounds great..thanks for the chance!


Anna del C. Dye said...

Thanks so much for the interview, Linda. It really look great. :)

Becky said...

This story sounds very interesting. I will have to see about reading this series.

Michelle Koerner said...

This series sounds good. As my girls are getting a little older they like for me to read short chapter books to them at bedtime (so they can close their eyes and think the pictures). This sounds like something they would enjoy and that I would too!

Lisa And Randy said...

I would love to read this series, and of course would love to win this book. Thanks for the contest, Linda. Anna, Thanks for sharing your talent.
I do prefer print over ebooks.

Lisa Vazquezanzua said...

This one sound pretty good! I never heard of it before. I'm glad for this giveaway hop. I love finding new books when doing the hops. I would LOVE to win a paperback copy of this book!! Thank you for being a part of this giveaway hop!!

Mayla Moore said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading with my son. Thank you!

Jambo said...

The book sounds awesome. I am partial to elves lol. I am hopping over from the KidLitGH. Have a great book week.

Meghan said...

When I was little my very favorite book was 'Ramona Quimby' by Beverly Cleary. I became so obsessed that I named one of my goldfish, Willa Jean after one of the characters. My brother, who was quite a bit older than me (7 years) liked that name, too. He was very artsy and so he painted a barbie doll with all sorts of different colors for an art project. As a joke, he named the barbie doll, Willa Jean. For some reason he thought it would be a good idea to take it with him to music camp that summer. When his cabin mates got wind of the fact that he had a deformed, painted barbie doll sitting on his bed, his name forevermore was Willa Jean. All this because I liked the book 'Ramona Quimby' as a child.
Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Haven't read a character suffering from that disease before

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

SueFitz said...

Sounds like a neat series

suefitz1 (at)gmail (dot) com

bunnyswagg said...

This book sounds great. I would look to read it myself first and then to other children.

Nikki Krutz said...

my son would love to read this!

qtksjkmommy at gmail dot com

Coreena McBurnie said...

Sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm in Canada.

Earl claycomb said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. It looks great.

Maegan Morin said...

Looks so fantastic! I love fantasy and I know that my kids would really enjoy this series!

megnate at telus dot net

Karen Arrowood said...

Your books sound right up my children's alleys! I love finding new series for them, as they are voracious readers. Thank you for this opportunity. :-)


Holly Letson said...

Thanks for this wonderful chance.

bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

daveshir2005 said...

This would be a great read for my daughter.
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Anna del C. Dye said...

Linda thanks so much for this wonderful interview. I had a great time. Here are the winners:

5- (Print copy) Lisa And Randy

9- Megan
12- bunnyswagg
17-Karen Arrowood