Exciting news! While I'm sad to report that I've not yet read Random Magic due to not receiving the review copy yet, I am HAPPY to report that the always effervescent Sasha Soren has agreed to do an interview. Visit her site at SashaSoren.com for more information!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! In addition to the interview, Alistair at Cerebrate's Contemplations will be joining me for this stop on the book tour. He has indeed read and reviewed Random Magic and has all kinds of good stuff posted here. It's two stops for the price of one. So enjoy the review, enjoy the interview, and check out Alistair's blog, which I'm reading and enjoying.
And, now, your feature presentation.
WBIT: First, what motivated you to become a writer, particularly, a writer of fiction?
Sasha: I was born a writer, just didn’t get around to making that a profession for a long time, after having tried to do something more sensible.
But blood will tell. I don’t mean blood ties, which is what the original expression refers to, but your own inner compass. Writing is just in your blood, it’s there whether you like it or not. It’s there whether other people understand it or not.
Like Rita Mae Brown quips, “Writers will happen in the best of families.” That’s because whether or not it’s a practical choice, and whether or not people understand your way or just think you’re a bit balmy, it’s an inner passion that drives you, you don’t really have a choice in it, it’s just who you happen to be.
Even if I weren’t “officially” a writer, I’d still be scribbling on bits of paper, and drifting off in the middle of conversations, or daydreaming in inconvenient places. I think you’re really just born that way. What you choose to do with that is, of course, up to you.
Writing is a very difficult path, wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But, of course, if you’re a writer, you’re going to go ahead and not listen to my advice, anyway. It’s just that way. It’s something in your blood that won’t give you any rest, you don’t choose to write, you HAVE to write.
WBIT: Is the finished product of Random Magic different from how you envisioned it when you first started? If so, how? If not, how did you stay true to your original vision through the writing process?
Sasha: Yes, actually, it is a little different, and what an interesting question.
Originally, was just playing around, it was like making a fun, colorful mental playground for people who love books. The tone was very abstract, light, frivolous.
But I do think that some things in my own life did influence the book, in some of the darker or more spiritual themes, I guess because I was just thinking about them, so they bled over into the story.
Although, to be fair, didn’t have a set vision for the book to start with, was just thinking about where I’d go if I had the power to book-jump at will, and which book would be an interesting place to visit.
So, there was room for all kinds of things to happen with the story. But, yes, would say that originally the book was just very light and fluffy and insubstantial, more like a circus, something comical and trippy.
It ended up being a weightier book, though, with more spiritual themes than expected originally. The experience of reading it as it is now, would say it’s a more profound experience the reader will have, it’s much more complex than just a simple adventure story, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. It gives the story dignitas, and makes it more balanced, because life is also that way, it’s a blend of light and dark.
WBIT: Where do you see yourself going, creatively, in 2010? Any projects on the horizon?
Sasha: No new writing projects on the horizon just yet, it’s taking a huge amount of time just promoting the book, leaving no time for writing. A pity, really, because I have several ideas percolating that would probably make really interesting reads.
WBIT: You're being abducted by aliens but, in their infinite benevolence, are allowing you to bring five books with you. What books would you choose and why?
Sasha: Oho! That’s a tough question, would be very hard to narrow it down to five books, since there are so many great books out there.
Probably would bring Random Magic, as a personal memento.
Apart from that, probably something by Dostoevsky, for the psychological depth, and something by P.G. Wodehouse, for the comedy.
Quite likely would bring Report to Greco, because I look at life the same way (as a journey), and would like to re-read that book every decade or so, to reflect on my own spiritual journey.
The fifth book, don’t really know. There are too many good books, it’s impossible to choose just one.
I’d negotiate to bring an MP3 player stuffed with as many audio books as I could possibly fit on it, probably.
WBIT: Turns out those aliens are suckers for desserts. What desserts would you give them to secure your release?
Sasha: Dessert, what dessert? I’d give ‘em a good smack, they’d be very happy to kick me off their planet.
There you have it! All the news that's fit to print. I will be reading and reviewing Random Magic at some point in the future, so be sure to watch for that.
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