Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"You have no sympathy for my poor nerves!"

 Just a quick note. A Stretch of Loyalty is now out on Amazon in Kindle edition form! This link will take you to it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGL02B2

 Now, on to today's interview! Today's is from Hayden, a wonderful blogger I am just getting to know. 

 Welcome, Hayden! I've been reading your blog for while but I don't really know what kinds of stories you write. Would you like to tell us about some ideas you have?

Heehee. That’s probably because I’ve never really given a definite description of what genres I’m working on. Had I been asked this question two years ago, I would have answered that I write strictly historical fiction, but I’ve (gasp!) completely branched out as I’ve come up with new story ideas that didn’t fit in that box. In addition to a few pieces of historical fiction, I’m about a third of a way through the first book in a fantasy/fairy tale series, I just started writing a time-travel tale, and I’m also about to start my research for another historical book that isnot a fantasy, even if it does include dragons. :) And after watching The Incredibles when it first came out, I came up with an idea for a superhero story, and I have a feeling I'm going to get around to writing that one day, too.

My first finished novel, Hidden Pearls, is what I always liked to describe as Pride-and-Prejudice-meets-Pirates-of-the-Caribbean. It starts out very proper and then morphs into a bit of an adventure story. It’s still, shall we say, not as adventurous as I hoped it would be, but I wasn’t used to writing action scenes, so it was still a big jump for me. Here’s the description I wrote for it:

Constance Steele always dreamed of adventure. It started when she was a small girl, listening to tales on her father’s lap. It continued as she penned her own novels of mystery and intrigue. But then, adventure is suddenly thrust upon her- and the fact is, she doesn’t want it.

But with her family’s blessing, Constance sets sail from England to America to visit her mother’s family. Her protective older cousin Jack has trusted her into the care of his old friend, Captain Edward Hartley. What none of them ever dreamed was that a hurricane, a band of pirates, and one peg-legged sailor might turn what was supposed to be a family reunion into a wilder, more unexpected adventure than even Constance herself could have written.

 (Now you have me curious about all your books!)

What first started your love, liking, of writing?

I’m not sure what started my love of writing: I just know that I’ve always loved stories. When I was little, I was a HUGE Barbie fan, and I’d create these really intricate plots and then perform them with my dolls (as long as no one was around to hear me, of course). I was always coming up with stories in my head, ever since I was really little. That love of storytelling just sort of adapted into writing, I guess.

 (Dolls are such a wonderful way to create stories. I did the same thing when I was younger.)

Did you read a lot when you were younger? What were some of your favourite books?

I did read a lot when I was younger! In the first grade my mom started reading me the American Girl books, which I loved (I was the only girl I knew back then who was an AG fan…it was really sad) I also was a fan of Junie B. Jones, despite the bad grammar :) As I got older, I got hooked on the Chronicles of Narnia, and I had children’s classics versions of The Swiss Family RobinsonThe Secret Garden, and Anne of Green Gables, which were read and re-read.

I assume you read a lot now, things I've picked up from your blog 8-D. What are some of your favourite books now?

hmmm. I still love the Chronicles of Narnia J, but I also love Pride and PrejudiceEmma,Northanger AbbeyThe Scarlet PimpernelLes MisérablesDavid CopperfieldLittle DorritThe Adventures of Sherlock HolmesAn Old-Fashioned Girl, Around the World in 80 Days, and the Anne of Green Gables books. Some of my favorite modern books include A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin, The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson and Beauty by Robin McKinley. I know...that's a super long list. But what can I say? I read a lot :)

 (Those are some wonderful books! Good choices.)

I also couldn't help but notice you like period dramas. What do you like best about them?

I’m not entirely sure what exactly I love best about them, although because I’m such an old-fashioned person, sometimes I feel more at home watching bonnet movies than watching something that takes place in the present day. People a hundred years ago just had more of a Biblical worldview than most people today, so I find I agree with more things in period dramas, especially ones that were based on books written by classic authors (although there are always exceptions) Also, because of the difference in culture and technology, there are a lot of period drama plots that aren't possible to pull off in a modern setting. And the costumes. Who can forget the costumes???

 What do you find more inspiring, for both reading and writing, rainy days, cold, or sunny?

I like either really stormy, thunderous days, or cool-weathered, breezy ones where I can write with the windows open or on the front porch.

 What is your favourite time period and why?

Ahhh! I don’t know! I like the Regency period, of course, but the Edwardian era, the 1920s and ‘40s, and the 18th century are also favorites.

And now the question I have the most fun asking girls who love period dramas. Which style of dresses do you like best?

Well, that’s a hard one. But I really love the post-Edwardian, pre-1920s stuff…like fromTitanic or Downton Abbey (although I don’t care so much for either of those movies/shows). If I could dress in period attire from any point in history, it would probably be the 1940s, because the clothing is still really cute, but also practical and easy to move around in. I also like the 17th/18th century...think Pirates of the Caribbean again :)

 (Aw, wonderful styles! Some of my favourites as well. The 40's is especially fun.)

 If you could meet any fictional character who would it be and why?

The Doctor. Because we would have. So. Much. Fun. And I could go back in time and visit allmy favorite eras and meet famous people and maybe even fight a few aliens (although, knowing me, I’d end up hiding in the TARDIS and restrict myself to giving moral support. And drinking tea.)

 (When you meet him you have to come and pick me up. *Grin*)

 And for the final question, is there a heroine you find you relate to more than any of the others? If so, who and why?

Again, like always, I must go with Elinor Dashwood. The strange thing is, I’m not a huge fan of the book, but I like both movie versions of the Sense and Sensibility, and any time I watch either of them (we recently re-watched the newer BBC version) I always find myself relating to Elinor no matter what situation she’s in because our personalities are so similar. That being said...I'm not as sensible as Elinor. We can both be unemotional (to an extent) but I'm sillier and clumsier and very, very forgetful.

Hayden Wand is 2012 homeschool graduate living at home with her parents and four younger siblings. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, helping around the house, doing craft projects, or watching something from the BBC. She does book reviews atA Tree, A Book, and a Breeze, and blogs about everything else at The Story Girl.

 (Thank you, Hayden! It was a lot of fun having you and getting a chance to know you better! And for those of you who don't read her blog I would highly recommend it, it is fast becoming one of my favourites.)

 The quote today is for Hayden - one of the few I know from period dramas. (I quote this one a lot myself, and it was either this or something from North and South. "Look back. Look back at me.")




  1. I don't often comment on Hayden's blog... but I do love it as well. As soon as she publishes - she definitely has one reader in me!

    I really really loved/appreciated your comment on that super long post I did on The Old Man And The Sea last week. I totally understand what you're saying about having a normal job. And you are totally right: as long as we shine for Him and be lights for God, no job can be terribly agonizing. I just really loved your comment.

    The rest of the Penderwicks are totally worth reading. Plus the second one mentions Spock!

    Hee hee, I'm sorry you had to see the buggy Khan one instead of Star Trek V. Star Trek V doesn't have any bugs (to my remembrance) but it is sort of weird.... But the beginning and end are worth it, I think.

    There are tons of Star Trek books as well as Star Wars ones. It makes me almost not want to pick any of them up and read them... because I think it's all a matter of opinion. That being said... I did pick up a Star Trek novel at the thrift store the other day for 50 cents. It's the continuation of Assignment: Earth (with Gary Seven and his black cat friend). I LOVE that episode... so I just picked up the novel.
    By the way, are you going to do a review of A New Hope? I would love to hear one. =)

    Oooo Lestrade from Sherlock as the Doctor would be interesting.... But wasn't he already in the Dinosaurs episode?
    Hmmmm.... I don't know if I have an actor I'd like. I think Dan Stevens would be a good Doctor though he, too, is on the young side. Plus he has a "period drama" face in my mind.
    Someone suggested Ewan McGregor. That would be interesting. I actually have no clue who I want... I just know that I want someone older. And a man. People on the NaNoWriMo forums have been going crazy - saying they want a female Doctor. That would ruin the show for me.
    Any other actors for you that you would want in the role?

    Yes! That's why Jar Jar is so cool!
    And definitely about Anikan. He's so childish and whiny... I don't know how Padme stood him.

  2. I love period films, too. Adaptations of Jane Austen novels are always my favorites.

  3. About the "remove formatting", it is kind of hard to explain without some taking screen pictures of it. If you want more details of how to do it send me an e-mail to johnstarslayer@gmail.com and I will try to answer your question in more detail when I can.
    Thanks for the link to Heyden's blog, I followed.


  4. Yay! I was happy to be on here :) And of course- if I ever find the Doctor I'll be glad to pick you up :)

  5. You know, I've never quite given period dramas much of a try. I've seen some here and there, but most were based off of books I had read. Though I do love historical fiction, so maybe I should give them a try again some time.
    And I do believe I'll go check out Heyden's blog! More to read in lieu of editing, but we don't speak of such things.

  6. Fun interview - congratulations on the book!

  7. I just finished watching North and South a few weeks ago. It is a new favorite!

    Awesome interview, I shall have to go check out Hayden's blogs now.

  8. Dr. Who fan!
    I can't write when it's really stormy though, because my computer has to be off.


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