Featured Interview With Laura May
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Tasmania, Australia, and after more than ten years of travelling am currently living in swelteringly-hot Sydney. I have an awesome flatmate and friends who are always happy to go along with my crazy adventures and flights of fancy – and it’s thanks to their support that there’s now a whole published book full of silliness out there (so it’s all their fault, is what I’m saying).
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I can’t remember any time in my life when I haven’t been in love with books and the worlds they can take you to. When I started school I would go through several workbooks a week just with my writing – and things haven’t changed! However it was only when I lived in Russia and started blogging about my experiences there that I realised it was finally time to write my debut novel.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Who can choose just one favourite author?! I love Diana Wynne Jones, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Yasunari Kawabata, Piers Anthony, Jennifer Vale, Wilbur Smith, Sarah Maas, Coelho with ‘the Alchemist’, Goldman with his Princess Bride, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and of course Saint-Exupery with ‘The Little Prince’. My favourite genres are fantasy, magical realism, sci-fi, comedy, literature, and any mix thereof!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My debut novel is called ‘Pickles and Ponies: a Fairy-tale’, and is a comedy/fantasy for adults and young adults alike. It features Vanya, a prince born with a voiceless heart; his horse, ‘Horse’; the brain-washed princess Melodia, and a whole host of others. It’s a fairy-tale that is traditional in many ways but still reflects modern thought, and includes valuable life lessons while giving readers a whole lot of laughs.
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