Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why I Write Fantasy -Jennifer Allis Provost

Welcome Jennifer Allis Provost, author of epic fairies fantasy!

Amber: Why do you write fantasy? 

Jennifer: The main reason I write fantasy is to escape everyday life. When I was a child, I enjoyed nothing more than getting lost in a good book, and the more fantastical the plot the better. By writing the fantasy you get to create a world you’d like to live in.

Amber: Tell me about why you chose to write about fairies on an epic level? 
Jennifer:  I've always been enamored by those stories where a normal girl (or boy) wakes up in a fantastic otherworld, like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Wouldn't it be amazing if such doorways existed?

Amber: What are your favorite fantasy novels?
Jennifer: The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword by Robin Mckinley. I first read The Hero and the Crown while I was in the fourth grade, and I go back to it every few years. Other early favorites were A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Once and Future King by T.H. White.
As for newer works, I am completely in love with Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series. I also recently enjoyed Graceling by Kristin Cashore – it reminded me of something I would write.

Amber: Why do readers love fantasy?
Jennifer: I think people like reading it for the same reasons I write it – to escape. Consider the current influx of urban fantasies in your local bookstore. After a tough day at work, it’s nice to read about a character whose problems include dragons and evil wizards. And hey, if the dragons and wizards can be conquered, so can that paper jam.

Amber: Would you write fantasy even if no one read it?
Jennifer: Absolutely. Writing is who I am, not what I do.

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior. 

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