Lokal is Lekker - An Interview with Dominque Valente
I am so happy to share my interview with Dominique Valente with you today. And if you would like to purchase a copy of Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day you can buy one here. You can also find the book on Goodreads.
About the Author
What inspired you to start writing?
Reading. Ever since I realised at age nine that books were written by real people I made a pact with myself that I’d write a novel someday.
Why middle grade?
What was the path that led you to publication?
At what point in your life did you just know that you wanted to become a writer?
What books have influenced you the most?
If you couldn't be an author, what would your ideal career be?
What is your preferred method of getting in touch with your readers
Do you believe that writers are born or taught?
What was the first book that made you cry?
What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing?
Have you ever been in a reading slump? If yes was there a specific book that put you in the slump?
How many unpublished/unfinished/ work-in-process books do you have?
How much time do you spend writing and reading each week?
Do you read your book's reviews? How do you deal with the bad or the good ones?
If you could recommend any three books that are similar to Starfell or that you would like your readers to read, what would they be?
Where did the idea for Starfell come from?
Around eight years ago while I was driving home from work, the character of Willow Moss popped into my head while I was thinking about the idea that so many fantasy stories feature ‘the chosen one’’ … the lost princess who must save the kingdom, the only one with magic in a thousand years... who must save the world, and in some ways, it annoyed me, because even in my own mind I couldn’t relate. It’s like the equivalent of being a supermodel … or the idea of ‘who you were in a past life’, when asked, everyone is always a king or a queen in their own minds, but chances are, most likely, not. There’s a high probability that you were some kind of serving maid … someone had to have the job… and while I was thinking this, the character of young witch, with the worst magical ability in her family… appeared.
In ten words or less, describe your book.
What is the most exciting thing about Starfell being published?
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
What was your favourite chapter or part to write and why?
Is there a message in your book that you hope readers will grasp?
What did you edit out this book?
What was the hardest scene for you to write