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2. How did your experience with building a business help with your writing?
3. Was there any particular book or author whom you feel had the most influence on your work?
4. What do you love the most about writing for young people?
5. Which part of the creative process is your favorite? Least favorite?
6. How long does it usually take you to write one of your stories from when you get the idea to when it’s finished?
7. I know that most authors love all their characters but which of your many “children” is your favorite (besides Andy) and why?
8. Do you ever plan to branch out into other genres besides middle grade/young adult fantasy?
9. How do you feel your writing has evolved since your first novel?
If you’re an adult looking for a clean series you can sink your teeth into, Andy Smithson is definitely it! In it I develop four layers simultaneously: 1) Andy Smithson in Lakehills, TX 2) Andy in Oomaldee 3) the Afterlife 4) a meaning layer. A few examples to demonstrate the depth…
Symbolism is used extensively (a couple examples):
The fog of the curse symbolizes blindness and oppression.
The magic key unlocks doors, brings stone statues to life, as well as revives. Put another way, it symbolizes bringing forth, opening up, and revealing (aka taking responsibility).
Methuselah is not only a weapon and helper, but also represents justice as it divides good and evil. Consistent with life, justice requires diligence to uphold.
Names are also important in this series (a few examples):
Andy means brave or courageous.
Alden means helper.
Hannah means favor or grace.
Imogenia means blameless.
Alchemy used throughout the series (a few examples):
Alchemy played a significant role in the development of modern science. Alchemists sought to transform base metals into the gold or silver and/or develop an elixir of life which would confer youth and longevity and even immortality.
THIS is Andy Smithson series by LRWLee, In A LARGE Nut Shell! ~JD