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Author Interview: Mandy Webster

Hi Mandy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thanks so much for the invitation! I have worked as a writer for over 20 years. I’ve been an ad copywriter, and I currently write for a popular children’s online game, and in July of this year I published my first middle grade novel. Although I was born and grew up in Canada, I moved to England as a teenager. I lived in the southwest – and was fascinated by the folklore surrounding the area. Although I am back in Canada now, I’m still completely enthralled by the beauty and rich history of the UK.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Well, I’m currently working the second of a five book series, so my ambitions for the time being are to see it through! Following that, I would love to develop a whole new story – but I can’t think about that right now! I am too focused on the task ahead of me.

Which writers inspire you?
That’s a tough question because there are so many brilliant writers out there. I love everything JK Rowling does – Harry Potter (of course!!), The Casual Vacancy, and now the Cormoran Strike books. She has this way of creating characters you really feel attached to. I can never read (or watch) Fred Weasley’s death without crying.
I loved the Enid Blyton books when I was younger. I love the sense of adventure in her children’s books, and the independence of the characters despite their young age.
Tom Robbins just has an ingenious way with words. His writing makes me want to weep sometimes – it paints such an evocative picture. There are too many wonderful writers though! It’s hard to name just a few.

Author Interview: Elisha Neubauer

Elisha NeubauerHi Elisha, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I am the product of an American Soldier stationed in Europe – my mother is British, my father was American. I spent my childhood in the UK and my adolescence in the US. After high school and college, I worked in technical theatre as a stage manager and set designer. When I had my children, I moved into high volume retail management to better support my family – however after 11 years, I decided to step back and attempt to make my “hobby” my career: writing.

What were you like at school?
That depends on who you ask! If you ask my English teachers, I was a terror. I was known for correcting my teacher’s papers or completing the semester’s syllabus too quickly. But generally, I was pretty laid back and spent most of my high school time in the drama room.

Were you good at English?
Yes. It seems to be a family trait.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would just like to be able to make a profit from my writing. Nothing big – I understand that being the next Stephen King is unlikely, but I would just enjoy being able to say that my books contribute to the bills!