Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Interview with John Bolen author of Aurelia's Magic

Aurelia's Magic
Young Aurelia, age 14, can’t wait to be an adult. When she comes upon Seavus, a fairy, she finds he can grant her that wish by accelerating time. But soon, her life is frantically racing by, as she goes from one misadventure to the next. Adapted from the author’s popular children’s play.
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Our interview:

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

Aurelia, 14, can’t wait to grow up. She meets a fairy who can grant her wish by accelerating time. Soon, her life is racing by, going from one misadventure to the next.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
Our youngest son announced that he no longer wanted to order the children’s meals at restaurants. Dealing with the cost of raising four children, my wife and I truly appreciated the reduced price of the kids’ meals.  However, we understood the feelings that the youngest of the four was going through, having been the youngest in both of our families. This led me to the thought of how often we dream of how much easier things in our lives will be later on; how much easier when the kids will be grown; how much easier when they are earning their own way. But then we regret how fast time races by, and wish that we could recapture that time when we were young, when our children were young.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I would most want to have dinner with Seavus, the fairy, who being thousands of years old, could share intimate tales of the past (I love history). I would least like to have dinner with Colm, the victim of abuse who becomes an abuser himself, for I find I don’t have tolerance for those who cannot find a way to break that cycle.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
Having recorded forty audiobooks, I liked many of them written by Jules Verne to Zane Grey to Saxe Roman to Edgar Rice Burroughs (in particular the Princess of Mars series). But it is plays I enjoy the most, in particular those of Eugene O’Neill, and the best of his is “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”  As an actor, I read plays and movie scripts all the time.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I am currently working on a collection of short stories adapted from my short one-act plays.  I am also working on a full length, serio-comic play, “Getting Back to Edisto,” dealing with trying to recapture an over-idealized past. My short story, “Loreto,” was recently published in The Front Porch Literary Review (it is included in my short story collection “Nothing for Christmas & Other Holiday Tales” released on Amazon (paperback & Kindle). And my one-act play, “A Song for Me, Or Getting the Oscar,” will be included in the anthology Best American One Act Plays: 2010-2011 (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books/Hal Leonard Publishing) due out in August, 2012.
--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella would be my pick.  My own father died when I was seven-years-old, and I have always been sad that I never got to know him.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I listen to a lot of Country/Western and Bluegrass.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Would being able to understand what is going on in women’s minds be considered a superpower?

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
My wife and I frequently see plays and movies.  We like to spend time with our children, and now with the newest addition to the family, our grandson.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Enjoy today, it races by so quickly.
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? vanilla
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? soccer
Ebook or paper? paper
Salty or sweet? sweet
Beach or mountains? beach
Phone call or email? E-mail
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
Dog or cat? cat
Messy or neat? neat
Ninjas or pirates? pirates
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1 comment:

  1. What an interesting way to get an idea for a story! Thank you so much for the chance to win. (:


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