The Saturday Spectacular
Today, my wonderful readers I have something magical for you. A fabulous debut novel sprinkled with lots of fairy dust.
Ghostly Publishing (3 Nov 2012)
Series: Dream Team Fairies
Oliver needs help and those blasted BuffleBogs are trying to ruin everything, but thankfully, T-cup and her best friend Cloud have joined the dream team fairies at last.
They can't wait to earn their wings. Gobey and his sidekick Dum have been thwarted by those flitty fairies again and these Bufflebogs have a plan up their sleeve to make their next nightmare mission a success. Oliver is having a terrible time on earth, his bully is getting worse and worse by the minute and he has nowhere to turn.
Can T-Cup and Cloud save the day or will the Bufflebogs have their way?
Sarah Manfield first learnt about fairies and magic from a young age when she almost always had her head stuck in a book.
She had many adventures as a young girl and some of the best were with fairies in magical lands at the top of trees or with gentle giants and funny endearing bears.
Even now Sarah still has a huge passion for anything fantasy and has added the adventures of a very famous Harry, a courageous Eragon and a lovely Lyra to name but a few characters added to her list of fictional best friends.
Sarah believes there is no better cure for boredom that can not be helped by entering in to the fictional world of books and by joining a favourite character or starting a new journey to new places.
Books to Sarah have always been a passion and a way of life. More importantly when she was younger, she used them as a tool to help forget the many difficult things she endured.
Hi Sarah and welcome!
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am married to a very loving and supportive husband who puts up with my fairy fantasies and encourages me in everything I do.
I work full time and have two beautiful step-daughter’s and two naughty and adorable cats, Kat and Kitty.
How long have you been writing?
From a school age but seriously for the last few year’s thanks to a pro longed period of unemployment.
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
As a child my nose was forever buried in books and I would quite often get lost in the fantasy worlds of Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and J M Barrie amongst many more.
It was these stories that helped me live with unfortunate things I was going through as a child and it was this experience I wanted to be able to return to other children.
I would really like to help them in my stories the way I was helped with words.
Are there any other genres you’ve written?
No not yet. Children’s fiction really is my thing.
Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
T-cup and the Dream Team Fairies is the first in a series of books, which have yet to be written and released.
Are you working on anything new right now?
Yes Number two in the Dream Team Fairy series
What motivates and inspires you to write?
My passion for all things magical and for all the horrid things that children experience in day to day life which they do need to be made aware of. If children are going through issues I would like them to feel they can turn to people for help and speak up for the things they are going through so they do not suffer in silence.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Write if you want to, write about anything that interests you because if you think you are the only person who has a passion in something then you are will find other people who share your passion and you may be surprised just how many people share in it.
What is your all-time favourite novel?
This is a hard question because I have so many.
But it always comes back to one and that is ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
Who is your all-time favourite author?
I definitely can’t answer this one it is between, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, J M Barrie, Philip Pullman and J K Rowling. How do you pick between them?
What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I am not reading at the moment although it pains me to say that as I do feel a bit lost without a book in my hand but when I’m writing I try not to read so my ideas can flow more.
If you could Time Travel, what year would you visit and why?
I would visit the time of the Cottingley Fairies between 1917 and 1920. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was interested in these pictures and for a short space of time the world was interested in fairies. I would love to have been part of this.
Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” J. M. Barrie
If you could be any character in any novel, who would it be and why?
Wendy in Peter Pan. What an experience and who wouldn’t want to be covered in fairy dust and fly "second to the right, and straight on till morning" ?
How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?
I write and let them form as I’m writing. They normally just pop in to my head.
Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
The title comes later.
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?
Often but there was something telling me it was right and about bloody time!
Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so what is it?
I am a civil servant full time and have tried many other jobs before this current one.
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
Hmm a bit of both.
T-cup and the Dream Team Fairies just came out of my head and I wrote as I thought it.
The second in the series I’m writing now I have planned the chapters first and then write. To be honest my head is so full of stories it just depends what I’m doing.
Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
I love coloured bits of card and I write the names of the characters, their descriptions and their personalities on them as I’m writing and as they form in my head.
Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
I do listen to music when I’m writing and I have no set playlist I normally just select my classical music selection I have and listen too that or a classical radio station.
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Cloud because she is funny and T-cup because she knows how to make decent food from moss!
Which type of book do you prefer to read?
I am a paperback girl and occasionally read a hardback but I never say never to an ebook I just don’t happen to have bought an e-reader yet.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? (Such as, you can only start writing after you’ve scoffed all the choc-chip cookies and drank 3 cups of coffee or only after you’ve listened to a certain song or playlist? Etc…)
Not really although I like to be sat in a comfortable chair with my writing board next to me, a good cup of Lady Grey tea and classical music to listen to.
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
Yes it took four attempts to get the first one right.
What is the best thing about writing for you?
I get to create the world for other children to get lost in and enjoy.
How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?
When I’m reading anything from two on a normal month to one a week on a good month. It depends on how ‘in’ to the book I am.
What is your favourite genre to read at the moment?
Who’s your greatest inspiration to date?
J. K. Rowling
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A definite Night owl
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer – x
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy for it’s beauty, it’s passion and it’s history.
If you had a choice, which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
A movie because I love films myself.
What is the one book you can’t live without?
A Christmas Carol.
I love the morality lesson in this book and the happy and heartfelt ending.
Many thanks for joining Sarah and I.
I do hope that you've enjoyed the little smattering of fairy dust that I shared with you today.
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