Please welcome the awesome Celia Rees to the blog today! Celia is the author of The Fool’s Girl, Sovay, Pirates!, Witch Child, and much more! I also have 2 copies of The Fool’s Girl and a copy of Sovay for giveaway, so be sure to check details at the bottom of this post.
Celia, thank you so much for joining me!Your newest novel, The Fool’s Girl, is a continuation of the tale in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Can you tell us a little more about it?
The idea for The Fool’s Girl came to me when I was watching an outdoor production of Twelfth Night. I have always loved the play. It is laugh out loud funny and holds the attention from beginning to end. As I watched, I found myself thinking: ‘What if Illyria (the fictional setting of the play) was a real place? And ‘What happens after the end of the play?’ And ‘How did Shakespeare come by the story?’ I had a feeling it was not happy ever after, so I began thinking about a story where everything went badly wrong . Two survivors, the Clown, Feste, and Viola’s daughter, Violetta, find themselves in London, performing in the street. Shakespeare stops to watch and they end up telling him their story, which he will use the write Twelfth Night, but they have come to England on a mission to find what is lost and what has been stolen from them and they are going to want something in exchange.
What was your favorite scene to write in The Fool’s Girl?
I loved writing all of it, but I especially liked writing in Feste’s voice.
If The Fool’s Girl was made into a film, who would you choose to play Violetta?
I don’t have any candidates – maybe your readers have some suggestions?
For those of us across the pond that are endlessly fascinated by all things English (that would be me), what is your favorite part of living in Warwickshire?
I was born in the Warwickshire, my family comes from here, so it is my county, just as it was Shakespeare’s. There are still historic towns and old houses that he would have known and would recognize, but the real magic is in the countryside, the remaining fragments of ancient woodland that made up the great Forest of Arden. To walk there when the new leaves are coming out and bluebells carpet the ground is to experience something magic and timeless that has not changed since Shakespeare’s day. His plays are full of allusions to the plants that still grow in the woods, fields and hedgerows. The River Avon still flows through the county, through Stratford-on-Avon, past Trinity Church where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried, and the same flowers grow beside it. Ophelia’s funeral bouquet. I like that feeling of connection and continuity.
I read in your blog that you recently toured Germany for The Fool’s Girl. What was your favorite part of the tour?
My favourite part of the tour was a six hour train journey between Munich and Berlin. I love to travel on trains, it is a great way of seeing the country and I am thinking of setting a book in post war Germany, so it was ideal. I could just stare out of the window and be doing research.
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m normally doing everyday things like shopping, meeting friends, going to the gym, going to the cinema, going to the theatre, the odd concert, reading, listening to music, etc., etc., just like everybody else.
Name something that makes you laugh out loud?
Woody Allen and Jack Russell Terrier dogs.
What is the most dangerous or daring thing you’ve ever done?
Dangerous, daring? Not if I can help it! I leave that to the characters in my books.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Mexico – I’ve always wanted to see the Aztec and Mayan temples.
Finally, is there any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share with us?
I have just finished a new book, called This Is Not Forgiveness. It is very, very different from The Fool’s Girl…
Thanks so much for joining me, Celia!
*Giveaway is for 2 copies of The Fool’s Girl and 1 copy of Sovay (3 winners)
*To enter, leave a comment with your contact info and the book you’d like to win (if either one is fine, let me know. If you win, I’ll do my best to accomodate your request, but it will be first drawn, first choice, etc…
*Open to US only
*Must be at least 13 yrs old to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 5th, 2011