23 November 2009

Q & A with Mary Naylus

Happy Monday!

My guest today is Mary Naylus.

Mary is the author of The Dresskeeper.

Thank you for joining us today Mary.

I adored The Dresskeeper and the unlucky heroine plucky Picky. So my first question begins with Picky.

Q: Picky is an unusual heroine in that she is overweight and has a wandering eye. More often than not writers prefer their heroines to be beauties or unintentional beauties. Why did you decide to make Picky different and who if anyone was your inspiration for her?

A: I think everyone needs realistic role models, and Picky represents that part of us that is insecure and not perfect. I am not a fan of unintentional beauties; in my experience they don’t really exist. I prefer a healthy dose of reality in my fictional characters.

Q: Has your teenage daughter read The Dresskeeper? What does she think of Picky?

A: I just asked her and she says she ‘loled’ at her. I suspect that she recognises some of the more lazy aspects of Picky in herself (or at least I hope she does).

Q: Will we ever see Picky again?

A: The reaction to Picky has been so good that I have decided to include her in my third novel, but more on that soon! However I can say it involves the British Museum and some really old exhibits.

Q: What can we expect from your next novel?

A: The Plaguemaker has ghosts and gross disease, plus a little teenage romance. Something for history buffs and lovers of the supernatural. No time-travel this time.

Q: If you could step into a magical time traveling dress where would you like to visit?

A: Renaissance Italy. It would be fabulous to meet the Medicis; might even be my fourth novel. Thank you for your interest Juju, keep going with the great blog.

Wahoooo! You heard it here girls.

1. We will be seeing Picky again. Whoot!

2. Mary's 4th book may take place or include Renaissance Italy.

Thank you Mary for taking the time to answer my questions and visit my blog. I am quite honored. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to The Plaguemaker.

Details on The Dresskeeper:

Click here to read my review of The Dresskeeper and enter to win my Advanced Readers Copy. Contest ends Dec. 31.

Click here to pre-order The Dresskeeper with FREE International Shipping.

For a sneak peak of The Dresskeeper scroll down:

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  1. Nice review, pushes me to read this more quickly.

  2. Thanks for the interview, Juju. This author sounds fantastic. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and now I'm driven even more so to read this!

  3. Ooh, The Plaguemaker sounds interesting. I may just read it and The Dresskeeper as well :) Lovely interview!

  4. Great interview, Juju! It's awesome to hear we'll be seeing Picky again! I'm looking forward to The Plaguemaker! :)

  5. Nice interview. I've seen this book around, but this is the first time I really stopped to pay attention to it. Sounds good.

  6. Haven't read her books, but interesting interview! I've heard good things about The Dresskeeper...might have to add it to the never-ending TBR list :]

  7. Great interview. I think Renaissance Italy sounds fantastic to time travel to as well :)

  8. Great interview. I can't wait to read this - it sounds so good!

  9. Ghosts, a gross disease, and teen romance - sounds interesting. :)

    I look forward to reading The Dresskeeper & The Plaguemaker. Great Q&A!

  10. Very interesting interview. I also really love the winter themed background, it's so cute!

  11. Thanks for the interview! I'll be reading this book next, can't wait! :)