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Today's part 2 of our love fest for Nikki Loftin's Wish Girl!
Nikki Loftin stops by the blog to talk about her publishing journey, what advice she'd give readers and writers, and what's next for her!
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A Q&A with Nikki Loftin
Author of Wish Girl
February 2015, Razorbill
Nikki, thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk to us today – we’re heard nothing but rave reviews for Wish Girl, and we’re excited to help spread the word! So let's get down to the questions!
Q: Because we very much live in an information age of instant information, could you summarize Wish Girl for us in 140 characters?
Magic, friendship, nature, art, family: lonely Peter & sick Annie spend 2 wks learning to love each other & themselves in a magical valley.
(We think Nikki did a great job! :D )
Q: You’ve mentioned in previous interviews that the writing experiences for Sinister Sweetness and Nightingale’s Nest differed, with Nightingale’s Nest feeling more organic, while Sinister Sweetness was a longer and more creative journey.
What was writing Wish Girl like? Did the journey reflect your earlier journeys, or was this a new adventure, in it of itself?
Also, I loved writing about the valley, which was based on my favorite place from childhood. I think that shows in the book and in the writing in those chapters.
Q: While each reader will likely come away from reading Wish Girl with their own interpretation of your story, what’s one idea or theme that you hope they’ll take away with them?
Q: A trusted friend (and children’s librarian!) recently mentioned to me that he’s a big fan of your books, because of your ability to juxtapose both the difficulties of real-world concerns, with hints of magical realism.
Why do you think elements of magical realism can have such a huge impact on a story – especially on a middle grade tale? And is there a specific reason why you like to interweave magical elements into your tales?
Q: Wish Girl is your third book. (YAY!) What’s one idea or assumption that you had about the publication industry before the publication of Sinister Sweetness, that has changed now that Wish Girl is getting closer to publication?
Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give to readers who read your work, and what’s what piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers who look to create stories as magical as yours?
But I give the same advice to every aspiring writer: read. Read voraciously, read instead of doing your chores, read instead of doing your homework. Never let the silly small things get in the way of your life’s great work, which is becoming the most well-educated, imaginative person you can be (and reading is one great way to get there). Whether you become a writer or not, imagination and knowledge are vital.
Q: Do you have any writers that you might want to collaborate with in the future?
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Q: What are the books on your to-be-read list, and is there a title that you absolutely want readers to read?
I’m not sure what title I would recommend above all others! But I think there’s something about Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran that’s important enough for every kid and parent to read. Together, preferably.