May 4th, 2009

FORTUNE'S FOLLY

Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Deva Fagan, author of Fortune's Folly.

 

About Fortune’s Folly

 

Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she's tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy-or her father will be put to death. Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn't fallen in love with the prince herself. . . .

 

About Deva Fagan

 

Deva likes searching for patterns, which is how she explains both her degree in mathematics and the echoes of old fairy-tales in her stories. She also loves tea, gardening, and playing the fiddle. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog.

 
Me: Hi! Congratulations on your release and welcome to the blog tour.  First question:  What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Deva: There are several things that rank up there with writing in my overall priorities: my family and friends, my dog, my own health and fitness, my day-job. I usually fit in the writing by getting it done first thing in the morning, since I am a morning person. But there are definitely a lot of other distractions: reading, the internet, dvds, movies, gaming, cooking, gardening, keeping the house reasonably clean. Generally what I go for is a balance. There are days when I blow off writing to go out and garden, or to watch five episodes of Dr Who in a row. But there are also days when I eat pasta at the computer while revising, or put off watching the newest LOST episode to finish my copy-edits.

Me:  Yes, it's so hard to find that perfect balance!  What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Deva: Generally I come up with a plot or plot-element early one (like, "a story about someone making a fake fortune come true"). Then I try to lure some characters into making an appearance. That's the hardest part for me, and I struggle with the temptation to plunge into drafting without a "living" character. Often I do write a few chapters (or a whole book) before I really lock in the character in my mind, and then I have to go back and rewrite it all. But at least now that I am starting to understand my process, I am less freaked out about the stalls and do-overs.

Me:   What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Deva: My book is set in a fictional land inspired by renaissance Italy. I really enjoyed looking at pictures of gorgeous Tuscan landscapes and Venitian canals; writing about them was a bit like taking a virtual vacation!

Me: Wow, I bet you want to take a real vacation now! What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Deva: Hmm... have a very hard time envisioning what Fortunata actually looks like so I don't have an answer to that. But I've always envisioned Allessandra, who teaches Fortunata the art of sham prophecy, looking a little like a younger Angelica Huston.

Me: Oh, interesting! Thanks for stopping by and congratulations!
 

o       Author Web site: http://www.devafagan.com

o       Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fortunes-Folly-Deva-Fagan/dp/0805087427