Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I reviewed The Dig by Audrey Hart here on my blog and today I have her here for an interview! Check out my review here.
Can you tell us a little about your novel The Dig?
The Dig is the first book in a trilogy that follows outsider Zoe Calder on her travels through time to Ancient Greece where she discovers that she has special powers. She meets Zeus. Hello crush! And then she endures trials and heads to Mount Olympus with Zeus where she clashes with the clique of gods. They’re all pretty rankled by her budding relationship with Zeus. After all, where did this Zoe come from? Why does she have powers? At school, Zoe understands that her outsidery status is her own doing. But here, the tables are kind of turned. And ultimately, she learns a lot about her own power, the power that we all have, whether or not we can, you know, move actual mountains.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Oooh, that’s a fun question. My favorite part is flow, when I feel like I’m actually there in the world I’m bring to life on the page. And I look up at the clock and realize that time has passed. When I was writing Zoe’s first venture into the vale of the nymphs, I had a great moment of flow. I love that moment when you sort of step back from the computer and go, whoa, you mean I’m not in a candy colored magical world right now?! And I have to say that my other favorite part is dialogue. I swear, I could actually hear Hera’s voice when I was writing the sit-down with Zoe. Kind of scary!
Where did you get the idea for this series?
Last year, I was lucky to visit the Minoan ruins in Crete. I was in awe of everything. Imagine, people lived here 4000 years ago. And I became so interested in the people who spend their lives hunting down these ruins. One afternoon, my iPhone buzzed and slipped out of my pocket. I gasped, thinking it had fallen between the cracks. And I freaked out and was really surprised about my reaction. Anyway, the next time I sat down to work on my first novel, I kept going over that moment in my head. And then I knew that I wanted to write about a girl who lost her phone in a symbolic way. That was my a-ha moment, I guess. I can tell a story about a girl who will learn that she’s not the disconnected person she thinks she is.
I know The Dig is the first of many in this series, how many books are you thinking of writing for The Dig?
The Dig is a trilogy, so there’s two more books on the way!
When will the next book be released?
Planning on an Spring 2012 release.
Do you plan on writing any other books in different genres?
No plans for my writing future at the moment past Zoe and Zeus at the moment, but who knows! Maybe I’ll take on vampires next…
What was your favorite book growing up and why?
I love Judy Blume because she’s funny and understands what girls go through as teenagers. I also love Barbara Kingslover. She has an amazing sense of adventure and pacing and her body of work is truly inspirational.
What is the best book that you have read this past year and why?
Recently, I’m obsessed with Hunger Games (just like you, no doubt).
Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?
Franny and Zooey by JD Sallinger. Everyone thinks they have to read Catcher in the Rye, but I vote for Franny and Zooey.