Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Author Interview with Rosalind Scarlett - Author of The Anam Ceile Chronicles

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started writing.
I am ecstatically married to my college sweetheart and am a mother to two wonderful little boys.  Writing is an excellent way to channel my creativity, as well as a valid emotional outlet.  In fact, I have never felt so sane as since I started writing!  One day after finished an especially moving book, I remembered how I wanted to be an author when I was a little girl.  I used to write all sorts of stories, mostly about little girls and horses or other animals.  And then for a time when I was eighteen & nineteen, I did a monthly column in an independent magazine on animal rights,, vegetarianism, etc.  But when it comes down to it, my children are the reason that ultimately motivated me to start writing this time around, and to really be driven to make it happen as a career.  More than anything, I desire to be able to be there for them as much as possible, to not be the absent parent rushing about, too busy with work to pay attention to the kids and such.  And writings is quite a viable path to allow me such a thing.  So, when it comes down to it, I write for the love of my family.

2. You write pretty much the entire story of the Anam Ceile Chronicles in a Gaelic accent.  What made you decide to take this approach to the writing.
It just felt like the right way to do it.  I like the setting and characters to all be consistent.  It is appropriate to the time and setting.  Then it is easier to become fully submerged in that world, get a feel for the character.  I mean, have ever seen those old movies where even if it is set in Arabia or Thailand or somewhere, all the actors have British or American accents?  That always drove me crazy!

3. How do you plan your stories?  Do you just "go with the flow" or do you have a more structured approach?
Well, I always start with a structured outline, though there are always changes and additions along the way.  It's great when the story just grabs me and tells itself, when awesome material I never even planned on or knew was coming just channels itself through me.  That is when a story feels as though it really comes to life!

4. After Aislinn's transformation, she has the ability to turn into a horse.  What made you decide on this animal instead of the traditional wolf or bat?
The most comprehensive answer for that has to remain a secret, at it is something which will play out in the next few books as Aislinn discovers the true reality of her existence.  Also, I do not like to be too cliche.  Wolves and bats has nothing to do with my story, it would be totally out of place.  And most basically, the horse is her spirit animal, so that is what she becomes.  The concept of a spirit animal is something with is common in ancient cultures such as Celtic and Native American.

5. Is there a special place that you prefer to go, or mood you have to set before you can write?
When the weather is nice, I love to sit on my deck with my laptop to write.  It relaxes and rejuvenates me to be able to breathe the fresh air and hear the birds and feel the breeze blowing past me.  When I am stuck indoors, will light scented oil (my favourite of late is lavender-vanilla) and turn on some music to set the mood.

Just for fun - which to you prefer:
Cats or dogs:
It was once dogs, but just recently I have come to realise I am not really as much of a dog person anymore, and the thought of having a calm quiet cat to stroke next to me while working is more appealing.  Perhaps I will have to adopt one!

Wake up early or stay up late?
Both!  I tend to stay up until eleven or midnight and wake up about six am.  The only way I can make the most of my time without the noise of small children about me.

Blonds, brunettes, red-heads?
Um really?  Redheads, of course!

Hot weather or cold?
Oh, cold, without question!  I cannot stand the heat!  Ugh!  But the cold, it is so invigourating!  I doesn't drain me as the heat does.  But, my husband says I am just hot blooded.  So, perhaps I just need cooler temps to cool me down.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us!  I think definitely need to go adopt a cat, just make sure it isn't one like mine - she's 4 years old and still acts like a kitten - no sitting calmly for that one!

If you want to learn more about Rosalind or follow what she's up to, then check her out online:

Rosalind's Website:  Here
Rosalind's Amazon Page: Here
Rosalind's FaceBook: Here
Rosalind's Blog: Here

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