Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Q & A with Sophia Whittemore

The Funnyman
by Sophia Whittemore

It isn't a laughing matter when Diana starts to see things in the mist which other people don’t: monsters, gods, and deadly shadows. Yet now she sees another thing, the world of the Impetus, a reality where humans are enslaved and the once-beautiful gods are actually tyrants. Diana must find a way to escape before the exiled king Fear, a vengeful murderer, hunts Diana down It isn't a laughing matter when Diana starts to see things in the mist which other people don’t: monsters, gods, and deadly shadows. Yet now she sees another thing, the world of the Impetus, a reality where humans are enslaved and the once-beautiful gods are actually tyrants. Diana must find a way to escape before the exiled king Fear, a vengeful murderer, hunts Diana down to get back something she's stolen from him. But will her growing feelings for the Prince Isak, the oddly sullen god of comedy, draw her into an all-out war?

Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published March 2nd 2016 by Clean Reads
 

Read It & Reap:  October 18

 
Sophia Whittemore is a multiracial author with an Indonesian mother and a Minnesotan father. She penned THE FUNNYMAN during her sophomore year of high school at Benet Academy and published it as a senior. Her love for the English language manifested itself in eighth grade when she went to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and has continued with other languages such as Spanish and Indonesian. Her prior publications include "A Clock's Work" in a Handersen Publishing magazine, "Blind Man's Bluff" in Parallel Ink, and winning awards in the Best Midwestern Writing competition for high school writers. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her family and food- loving mini schnauzer called Tiger. Drawing on inspiration from her two cultural backgrounds, Sophia lives a life playing tennis, traveling, and writing about her dual life experiences through other characters in her works or on her blog.

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Q & A with Sophia Whittemore 

1. Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Well, I have two main characters. You have the teenage Diana Cato of half-Indian descent who has an artistic soul while still being strong-willed. She walks the line between gods and men, curious about the secrets hidden within her past. Then there's Prince Isaakios, the boy king who seemingly doesn't want to inherit the throne, choosing to flirt his way across the Earth with human women instead. But there's also a deep pain hidden within him, some dark past that Diana senses within him. She wants to heal him, and he wants his freedom. But freedom from what or who?

2. Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
My cover artist for "The Funnyman" was Amanda L. Matthews, who my publisher Stephanie Taylor found through Clean Reads. The process was smooth and transitioned well from my mind to the picture. I emailed them details about the picture I had in my head about my characters and the theme and mystique I wanted surrounding it, and everything was put together perfectly. It's startling to see how the images and descriptions inside your head translate in the real world, but it's well worth it.

3. Describe your ideal writing spot.
My ideal writing spot is next to an open window, with sun filtering down onto my laptop and journals. My books surround me, a smell of light perfume in the air. Summer croaks gently outside, the wind wafting inwards along with the light of an benevolent sun, the warmth of midday.

4. What is the best advice you have been given?
"It's gain theory. You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. So go for it."

5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work in Hollywood. Only later on did I discover how my love for the silver screen translated into a love for the stories on the silver screen to a love for writing those stories down onto paper. I love stories, any kind, scripts or novels or poetry. They're all wonderful to me. 

6. Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
They're different mediums. Hardcovers put less strain on my eyes. However, if I want to "binge read" and check out as many works as possible in a short amount of time, then Ebooks are the way to go. And if you have the right reading device for you, there's no strain on your eyes at all. There's a whole literary world at your fingertips, and there's something very appealing about that. Although, you can't go wrong with tradition, either.

7. If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
I would want the ability to travel into the worlds of movies and books and poetry. I'd love to see a fictional or historical world that's hidden inside a book simply because it would be pure magic! I can't say how I'd fare against an Orc or Darth Vader though. Hm...

8. What book are you reading now?
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
 
 

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