Dare to Read

January 31, 2012

Where Ideas Come From

Filed under: Fantasy,On Writing,Pictures,Two Moon Princess,YA — carmenferreiroesteban @ 5:43 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Where do you get your ideas? is a question every writer has been asked at one time or another.

For me, in many occasions, the idea for a story comes from a real place or person.

To illustrate this, I’m going to post every week, a picture of one of these places or people and explain why / how they made it into my books.

I’ll start with my first book: TWO MOON PRINCESS (http://goo.gl/VX0r1) and the place where this story began for me:

Arch at Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedral Beach) in Spain

Once upon a time, when I was a child, I saw a broken arch on a beach in northern Spain. In my mind, the arch was magical. It was a portal to another world, I called Xaren Ra. Later, I moved to California and Andrea, a sixteen year old princess from Xaren-Ra came with me.

In TWO MOON PRINCESS Andrea travels from her wold to California through an arch the full moon rising turns into a portal between Xaren-Ra and Earth.

After I wrote my story, I found out that, a couple of miles north of the town in California where I first lived when I moved to the States, there is an arch similar to the one in Spain.

Goat Rock, Sonoma Coast, CA

Coincidence? Perhaps.

September 21, 2011

Rae Carson Interview by Leah Cypess

Filed under: Author's Interview,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 10:13 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an inspiring interview with Rae Carson, author of Girl of Fire and Thorns, please, go to http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/102704.html

September 14, 2011

Interview with Ellen Jensen Abbott

Filed under: Author's Interview,Fantasy,YA — carmenferreiroesteban @ 10:15 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



Today I interviewed YA fantasy author Ellen Jensen Abbott at the Enchanted Inkpot blog site.

The Centaur’s Daughter, Ellen’s sequel to her debut novel Watersmeet, came out this September.

Both novels take place in a fantasy world where centaurs and other mythological creatures live not so harmoniously, side by side with humans.

During the interview, Ellen discusses how she came to create this fascinating world.

A hint: Her inspiration? Narnia, Tolkien and spiced Latte!

Hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did.

Click here to read the interview: http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/102269.html