Featured Interview With Dew Pellucid
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Maybe because I grew up in 3 different countries (Israel, UK, Canada), I started imagining different worlds early on. Echoland began with a philosophical idea. I sat on the floor with my pens and notes, while my four dogs chewed up my pens and turned my notes into confetti.
If the philosopher Plato was right, I imagined–what then? If we are just a reflection of a perfect world–what could happen to us? Then I imagined that they are Sounds and we are their Echoes. And that was the beginning of my see-through, winter wonderland called: Echoland.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I always loved rhymes. So I started writing poetry as a little girl. And my elementary school principal (who was our poetry teacher) published my poems in the school paper. She also read all sorts of metaphors into my poems, which baffled me utterly.
Then I discovered the children’s edition of Hugo’s Les Miserable, and Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, and Jane Eyre and Withering Heights. I still remember being 7 years-old and seeing Kathy’s ghost at Heathcliff’s window in a BBC production. Nothing ever compared to books, to their world of metaphors and imaginary wild landscapes where everything had a double-meaning that changed fates.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love Victor Hugo and Ayn Rand. I always come back to them to feed my soul. But for fun I read biographical novels by Irving Stone (The Agony & the Ecstacy), or the novels of Winston Graham (Poldark). I love the Bronte sisters, oh…the list goes on.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I write under 2 pen names. I published “The Crystilleries of Echoland” (5 book awards) under Dew Pellucid (which is an Echo’s name); and I published “Looking Glass Friends” (14 book awards), under E. L. Neve (which is an anagram and a clue to two identities). Here I’ve been talking about my teen fantasy, “The Crystilleries of Echoland”, which Kirkus Reviews summed up as follows: “In this middle-grade fantasy, a young hero must ally with his alter ego in an intricate parallel universe in order to rescue his sister and save his own life… A gripping, if sometimes dark and perplexing, fantasy coming-of-age novel.” Kirkus Reviews
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