The Info Sheet: Part 3

Continuing from last week, this is the FAQ section of the “Information Sheet:”

For a good range of Frequently Asked Questions, plus much additional information about Harry Potter, visit www.jkrowling.com and www.pottermore.com

Here however, are some of the most commonly asked:

  1. Will there ever be another Harry Potter novel? I have always refused to say ‘never’ to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in the future. However, I have no immediate plans to write another novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry’s story in the seven published books.
  2. Which character is your favorite? Harry, although I believe I am unusual in this, Ron is generally more popular (I love him too, though). Now that I have finished writing the books, the character I would most like to meet for dinner is Dumbledore. We would have a lot to discuss, and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.’
  3. Where do you get your ideas? I wish I knew where they came from, because I would go and live there. It is a mystery to me where it all comes from, but I’m quite pleased I don’t know; it might spoil the fun if I did.”

I agree with her. I would also like to sit down to lunch or dinner with Dumbledore and ponder life’s mysteries. I was surprised to read her comment about Ron usually being more popular than Harry, because as readers we take on the role of Harry and follow his adventures!

There were a few more answered questions, but I don’t want to give away all of her secrets! To find those out, you should write to her. Maybe you’ll get a letter back from Scotland too.

Thanks for reading along with my fan letter this month! We are now just 3 days away from the release of the first book in my fantasy series, “The Tales of Christian Tompta: GNOMELING,” which will be releasing this Friday!

 

The Info Sheet: Part 2

Continuing from last week’s post on the supplemental “Information Sheet” I received when I wrote to J. K. Rowling as a fan girl…

“By the time I finished writing the final, seventh book in the series, I had been living with Harry for seventeen years. Saying goodbye has been very difficult but the world in which I lived for so long remains inside me, and nearly every day I meet somebody who wants to talk about it. Every writer’s life influences their work, but not many books change their author’s life forever, as Harry Potter did for me.

Working with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to create ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life. We developed the story together and I am thrilled with the result. As you know the play has just opened in London, but we’re hoping to take it to other countries in future.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is also based in the wizarding world. I wrote the film scripts in five parts. The story was based on a book I created for Comic Relief ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ which was published in 2001.”

I noticed in this letter, as well as another author I’m currently reading, that writers from England use commas differently than how I learned to use them – mostly just not as much. Which is funny when you consider the whole “Oxford comma” war that simmers just beneath the surface at American writers’ events, waiting to bubble up for a healthy debate.

Another idea that came to mind as I read this portion was that as a writer, I wonder what it would be like to meet people every day who want to talk about a character or story that flowed out of my creative faucet. I wonder if any of my books will be a catalyst to change my life. Hopes and dreams, my friends. Hopes and dreams…

This last part of the letter is a marketing ploy, I know, but I am still happy to know what’s happening.

Tune in next week for Part 3 of J. K. Rowling’s fan mail “Information Sheet,” and remember “The Tales of Christian Tompta: GNOMELING” will be releasing on March 31, 2017.

The Info Sheet: Part 1

The “Information Sheet” that came with the letter from J. K. Rowling (see in the previous post) begins with a note from the great and powerful author herself!

“My full name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling. I added ‘Kathleen’, which was the name of my paternal grandmother, because my UK publishers wanted me to use my initials when they published ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. This was an attempt to conceal my gender as they thought ‘Harry Potter’ was a book that might appeal to boys, but the fact that a woman had written it might put boys off. I have no idea whether they were right or not, but the ploy did not receive a very long trial, as it quickly became obvious that ‘J. K.’ was a woman from her press photographs.

All my life I have wanted to be a writer. I experimented with many different stories, and wrote parts of several novels, before the idea for ‘Harry Potter’ came to me on a train journey from Manchester to London in 1990. I had never felt so excited about a story before, but never for an instant did I have an inkling of what ‘Harry Potter’ would become. I simply knew that it was something I would love to write, and as I sat there on the train, pen-less for once in my life, I gave myself over to imagining the details of a nameless school for wizardry, most of which found their way into the published books.'”

If you are a fan like me, you probably know most of this info already, but as I read this sheet, I got to thinking about her creative process. It reminded me of my own sporadic thoughts that interrupt daily life, when at a moment’s notice I just must write them down! When I lived in Europe, I loved riding the train, but my family was always with me, so I didn’t get much time to sit and quietly contemplate story ideas. Writing on a train is one of my long-term writing goals for the future, someday-when I can take a week away from life. Perhaps I’ll lean my forehead against the cool window glass and stare out at the countryside until I have a SHAZAM moment. Ah…well. Someday.

Tune in next week for Part 2 of J. K. Rowling’s fan mail “Information Sheet,” and remember “The Tales of Christian Tompta: GNOMELING” will be releasing on March 31, 2017.

Top 10 Gnome Foods

Now that I am full blown into my Christian Tompta books, I posted this on social media last week and thought it might be fun to have a look at here.

1. Parsley Dumpling Soup
2. Lavender Cookies
3. Dandelion Leaves and Flowers
4. Clover Tea
5. Cinnamon Barley
6. Dragon’s Mouth Tea
7. Sweet Vanilla Cake
8. Oatmeal
9. Mushrooms
10. Rosemary Buns

Thoughts Run Amok

Do you ever have one of those days where you can’t get your thoughts under control? Today mine have just been running around like bees who’ve lost their queen.

I’m excited because I’m packed and ready to go on my writing weekend; two nights in a hotel that was given to me as a Mother’s Day gift from my hubby, to write uninterrupted. My writing buddy received the same gift, and the way scheduling and pricing worked out we just happen to be going the same weekend to our respective dens. It’s been fun discussing what food to bring or go out to get, our writing subjects and outlines as well as what our schedule will look like.

I have not had a weekend like this before so it is all new and exciting. I have wavered back and forth on which clothes to bring: should I wear one pair of shorts and a t-shirt all weekend, or should I shower and change like a normal person? Should I bring food in or go get it? What about water? Coffee? Should I bring 1 book or 6? Maybe I should just lay in bed and read middle grade books all weekend to prep me better for the middle grade books I’m writing! No, I must write. The questions cycle around like a waterspout, just above the surface and not quite landing.

Until I finish packing. I have decided on normal clothing and showers, and that I will go out to get most of my food as a breathing break. I’ll bring chocolate and chips for munching and a giant cup for drinking water. I am down to a nominal 3 books and a magazine. I have my laptop, which I only use for writing – no internet – and my phone for the necessary thesaurus and research issues. I have a stack of notes and my flash drive.

I will edit. I must get ready to release my gnome boy upon the world. Christian Tompta needs to meet the people. I cannot keep him to myself for much longer. I wrote the first 4 books during Nanowrimo last year, and it is time to dust them off and get them produced.

I will let you know how it goes afterwards.

Peace.

 

About My Nano Book

Hello friends!

As you know, I’ve been diligently writing since November first for Nanowrimo, and I am currently over 41,000 words toward my goal of 50,000 for my novel. I plan to finish the rough draft this week!

I use the word novel loosely, because I think I am going to turn this into a set of four chapter books for children aged 8-12.

I love gnomes and for a long time they have been getting a bad rap in America. I decided to write an adventure story about the misunderstood creatures. In northern Europe they are known as tompte or nisse and are considered spirit guardians, but my story places them in Ohio around my neighborhood.

The main character, Christian Tompta, lives with his family in a human’s bookcase (indoors) and just before he turns thirteen, he is given a mission. If he is successful, he will earn his mystic shoes and a matching conical (cone-shaped hat).

Will he complete his mission? Will he earn his mystic shoes?

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Peace to you and God’s Blessings for this Thanksgiving week!