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1. Who is Dew Pellucid?
I invented Dew Pellucid as my pen name. She is also a character in my story, The Crystilleries of Echoland. You see, each of us has a reflection living in Echoland, a see-through being just like you or me. I am Dew Pellucid’s Sound as she is my Echo, albeit a crotchety, much older version of my book-loving self. My name is Tal, and her name is a translation of my name from Hebrew, a language of secrets in Echoland. As for Pellucid, I simply gave my doppelganger an Echo’s surname.
2. What was your greatest influence (or influences) as an author?
Dew and Tal are great fans of the Harry Potter stories and The Chronicles of Narnia. “Let us weave a winter wonderland of our own making,” suggested Tal one night. “Echoland,” agreed Dew, “where everything glistens like ice, and the floors look like ponds you could walk on.” The two spent twelve years imagining a world that could never be and yet came to be in the pages of their story.
3. Let's talk about your book The Crystilleries of Echoland. @Christina Rose, the OBC reviewer, states echoes are mirror images of ourselves in a parallel world. How did you come up with this idea?
One night, long before I invented Dew Pellucid (which, consequently, meant I had no one to talk to), I suddenly remembered the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato. All cats are different, he basically said. Different colors, sizes, lengths, weights, meows... Still, when we see a cat, we know it’s not a dog. How do we know? Where do our universal ideas come from?
Plato imagined a perfect place where all Universals exist. What we see around us, he posited, is just reflections, imperfect because we’re far away from the original realm of absolute truths.
“Hmmm…” I ventured. “What if a land of reflections really existed? What if the people there thought they were just echoes of far-off sounds, imperfect, second-best? Would they kill an Echo when his Sound died, to preserve a harmony between the realms? Would they pray to the moon—that giant crystal ball in the sky—to keep their Sound safe? Would they send Fate Sealers to kill Sounds in that perfect realm, whenever they wanted Echoes to die in theirs?
Strange ideas kept flooding my mind.
4. With four honorable mentions, one runner-up, one second place, and one first place, this book truly is award winning. Are there any plans to make this a series?
I love visiting Echoland, and I have imagined another story. It delves deeper into the past, into how Echoland came to be, who made this secret underground world—and how. The story begins in a museum with paintings drawn with Living Water that moves and breathes. But I don’t know if I will ever write the story. For me, a very strong, fast-moving plot is essential in a teen fantasy, and this requires so much thought and such contortions of the mind that I don’t know if I will find time again to slip away from my own world for so long.
5. Tell us more about the main characters Will and Emmy Cleary. Are they based on anyone you know? How did you, as an author, come up with their names?
Many OBC reviewers mentioned that my story has numerous heroes, each with a leitmotif of his own that weaves into the main storyline. Of course, you’re right, Will and Emmy Cleary set off the spark that changes everything. Will’s name embodies his courage, his will-ingness to face any challenge, his unbreakable will. Emmy is a soft-sounding, beautiful name that I love, nothing more. Cleary is an Echo name, a derivative of things that are clear, like water.
6. Christina Rose avers that fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this series. Have you read that series and would you agree with her assessment?
Without a doubt, Will and Peter at the Orphanage of Castaway Children evoke Harry and Ron at Hogwarts, as do Valerie and Hermione. Many reviewers on OBC noticed the similarity to Harry Potter. Some loved it, some thought my book was actually totally different, and many felt that Echoland was unique, a place they’ve never been to before. So, yes, if you like Harry Potter you will likely enjoy Echoland. But it’s best to experience Will’s adventure without expecting it to be like anything you’ve read in the past.
7. If you were to make a movie of The Crystilleries of Echoland, who would you cast as the leads?
This is a question I hope OBC readers will answer for me. Who would you cast as Will Cleary, the boy who looks like a scarecrow but is the Sound of a prince? Who would you cast as Valerie Valerian with her enormous, swimming-pool eyes all lost in shadow because she was tortured in Shadowpain? How about the quirky, bruise-faced magician, Peter? Or Auralius, the golden haired prisoner of the Ant Chamber? And, of course, Poudini, the dog who steals the show for so many readers?
I always enjoy ending on a few fun questions.
8. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
An impossible superpower… to look my adorable, irresistible Pomeranian straight in his furry face and say, “Not now!” But that will never happen. My dogs (all 4 of them) rule supreme.
9. If you could have lunch with any historical figure, dead or alive, who would it be?
There are several. I wish I could slip into the Sistine Chapel silently to watch Michelangelo paint the ceiling. I wish I could spend an evening talking with Victor Hugo about why his mesmerizing novels always end so sadly. I wish I could meet Ayn Rand anywhere she dictated to say thank-you for giving me the wisdom and courage to make my life great. And I wish I could go back in time and send my sixteen-year-old self to find my soul mate eleven years sooner.
10. What is your favorite color?
Colors are like my moods; I wear a different one every day. Fashion is my hobby, and I make my own clothes. I wear every color in its moment—all the colors except white, which is no color at all because it failed to choose just one.
12. If you were to go on a picnic, what would you pack?
Sitting on a green hilltop, wind, sun, a guitar and time away from the world—I want a huge plate of fruit in every color, shape and sweetness.
Another very interesting interview. Thank you, Tal Boldo, for taking the time out of your busy day to answer some mundane questions. Tune in next week for more author interviews!
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