In our next Irregulars author interview, Jenn Spaulding talks about taking up the character of Maddy, the young girl with a voice that can change moods, minds and opinions. She also tells us a little more about her experience with life, and with writing.
What is your experience as a writer?
My experience as a writer began when I was a child and penned my first poem. I have always been fond of words and the power they have. Actually I guess one can say I am infatuated with words. My poetry led me down a path into a poetry vortex where I met the most amazing people that altered my life’s course.
What if any experience do you have as a writer working with other authors in a collaborations?
Over the past year I have worked with a plethora of talented authors on many different occasions. As far as a collaboration of this nature is considered this the third novel I have had the honor to take part in.
Who was your character in The Irregulars. Tell us a bit about them.
My character is eight-year-old Maddy who is a blind orphan with auburn ringlets and piercing blue eyes. She has the voice of an angel that soothes and calms some into a cationic state. She can see the colors that swirl around people or what is known as a person’s aura.
What was the most challenging part about writing your character?
The most challenging part about writing as Maddy was eliminating the sense of sight. I was never aware of how much we rely upon the sense of sight over the other four senses.
How did you most relate to your character?
I mostly related to my character in the aspect that not only is she a little broken, but she was abandoned and orphaned at a young age and left to fend for herself. I also have a nine-year-old daughter so I asked her a few questions to gather some insight into the mind of an eight-year-old girl.
Tell us about your take of the world of The Irregulars. What is happening? What would interest readers about it most?
The world of the Irregulars is a crumbling city of abandoned buildings dominated by the pharmaceutical company. In which we find our band of Irregular children. The children are soon hunted by the evil, insane Dr. Glenn Portsmouth and her posse of mutant villains. I think that the readers will be most interested in the children’s special gifts which they use to survive and defeat their enemies.
How long do you take to write a book independently of a collaborative? How long would this compare to writing with other authors?
I have yet to have the pleasure of writing my first full length novel.
How do you incorporate the noise around you into the story you are writing at the moment?
I have learned to tune out the outside noise around me while I am writing. Or else I would not be able to get anything written, ever.
Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober? Do you do anything to alter your mental state when you write?
I rarely drink and usually when I do it is in celebration. Thus I prefer to have a clear mind when I write that way it is not clouded by drugs or alcohol.
What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
My end goal is to be recognized as a bestselling author one day I want to be a household name, like Stephen King.
11. Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?
I do not think that translating books from their origin forces the intended essence away. This is because if the author translates the text word for word there is no way anything can get lost in translation.
Do you blog? If so, what do you blog about and where can other people find it?
I have yet to start my own blog, but once I am not so busy with school I intend to start one.
13. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write? Please share the platforms you’re active on and how people can find you there.
I usually spend a lot of time, but I have been extremely busy with school work and caring for my family. I have found if I spend too much time on social media then I get no writing done. Those that wish to learn more about me can find me on Facebook as Jenn Spaulding and on Twitter @sweetjeni74.
14. Do you enjoy theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play? Would you prefer to see The Irregulars as a movie, a play, neither or both?
I adore theater and wish I could attend a play or even star in one. I would love to see one of my stories turn into life as a play. I would love to see the Irregulars as a movie and a play.
15. If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?And who is that one author you would love to write the biography of your life?
The one author I would pick to write my biography would be Virginia Carraway Stark and I would also love if she wrote my life biography.
Jenn Spaulding lives in the land of Oz. She was last seen on the yellow brick road hunting flying monkeys that stole her magic quill and parchment. Her latest works can be found among the plethora of anthologies published by Starklight Press. Look for her in her role as the GAF’s Private Puff Errington in Space Stranded and The Arkellan Treaty– two of the latest Galactic Armed Forces novels.