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Ten Interview Questions for “The Next Big Thing” – Kristina Lareau

Thank you very much to Heather Demetrios-Fehst, for inviting me to be interviewed for The Next Big Thing. Check out Heather’s amazing blog work at her site http://www.heatherdemetrios.com. I am truly honored that she thought of me for this project!

What is the working title of your book?

Claudette and the Bibliotheque

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The dusty recesses of my mind. I am a librarian. A Steampunk. And a lover of fantasy and magic. The idea for the book evolved from Claudette herself who entered from some writing exercise and took off from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Claudette: Victoria Strauss (Judy Moody movie)
Verlee: Judi Dench
Adara: Blair Brown (Fringe)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Claudette finds herself–after the disappearance of her father and sister– the apprentice of three librarians at who are grooming her to maintain the Special Collection–a secret and controversial collection of talents, skills and traits–that must be restocked and protected.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully represented by an agency, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Whoo boy. I’ll let you know. Still in progress…
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
 
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The corners of the world of Harry Potter. I have always been fascinated with the old, with the antique, with the etiquette of the Victorians, and the culture and language of the French. This book puts together a world I would to explore with a character I am excited to write.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Claudette’s romantic interest is the youngest of the librarian sisters–Fifi. This relationship evolved on its own and it is really exciting to write.

On next week’s Blog Hop please check out what the following Writers have to offer:

Mel Schuit, upcoming picturebook and YA author: http://melschuit.wordpress.com/

Caragh O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked Trilogy: http://www.caraghobrien.com/

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Our Posthuman Future by Francis Fukuyama

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology RevolutionOur Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This 2001 book offers very practical and utilitarian approach to biotechnology and what it means to be human in regards to human nature and human dignity. Fukuyama brings in information from philosophers, scientists, Darwinists and a host of arguments that suggest we are in a posthuman age, trying to define who we are, yet unable to reach a true consensus. A fascinating read.

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A Non-review Update

(I know, right?)

Things that are going on:

  • Finished Victorian Literature and Writing for Children I
  • Started 2 novels: Claudette and the Bibliotheque and Victoria (working title)
  • My summer paper “Fantastic Posthumanism” is being published in a peer reviewed journal (Abstract Available Here)
  • I am expanding above paper into my Master’s Thesis. I am working with Elaine Ostry (Co-Editor of Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children,and  “‘Is He Still Human? Are You?’: Young Adult Science Fiction in the Posthuman Age”, among others)
  • Above paper is being presented at the IAFA Conference in Orlando Florida in March
  • I am attending the Steampunk (and WarMachine Gaming) Convention–TempleCon 2012
  • I need to come up with something good for CHLA 2012 because it is being held at Simmons.

 

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Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Lord FauntleroyLittle Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since I am also doing extensive research on LLF for my Victorian Literature for Children class, my review may be more biased than usual.

I love this book. I love its cultural significance and its pacing, romantic notions of aristocracy, contrast with British and American life, and the simplicity of the conflicts. The story is adequately summed up and not concluded in the final page or paragraph (see MacDonald’s Princess and Curdie for my full disgust at this phenomenon.)

Cedric is the perfect miniature adult as child, feminized, delightful and intelligence. So wholly unrealistic that you can’t help but love him. The story itself is just delightful, but when you pull back and look at its greater implications and cultural impacts, it becomes a lot more interesting. I promise to post (in my blog) the full bibliography that will be generated from this project so that those interested, all three of my subscribers, may wish to see an overview of the impact of this seemingly gentle, innocuous text.

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