Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Books: Interview with UK talented writer Poppy Reid



We're excited to introduce Poppy Reid to the blog today! Find out more about this talented writer in the interview below.

Poppy, where are you from and what’s your background?
 
I’m originally from the United Kingdom, but for most of my adult life I’ve lived in Japan studying or working. Right now I’m an English teacher, but I’d love to write full-time. But I suppose that’s the dream of thousands of writers around the world, isn’t it? All we do is write, or think about writing.

Talking about the dream of writing, when did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?
 
I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, perhaps nine or ten years old. In elementary school, when it was raining and we couldn’t play outside, I’d either be reading or writing a story, folding pieces of paper together to make it look like a real book. When I was eleven, I wrote my first series, the Fire Princess. Looking back though, it’s probably not that good.

I'm sure you had a lot of fun writing them! What genre do you write and what’s your target audience?
 
The books Quest Publications have released are fantasy adventure, with a little romance thrown in because I’m a sucker for tragedies. My target audience would be people like me who absolutely love being sucked into a completely different world, joining an exciting adventure, and perhaps enjoy their heartstrings being pulled a little, too.

Sounds very interesting. How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?

My second book came out a month or so ago. It’s the second in the Blood Scrolls Trilogy and it’s called Blood of the Innocent. I love both books I’ve released, of course, but I feel like my writing is getting better all the time. If I had to choose one, it’d be the latest book in the series.

What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?
 
It may sound corny, but I love inspirational quotes. One good one is “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” I’m not sure who was the first to say it; I actually heard it from Family Guy.

That's a great one, you're right! Do you have a favorite author? Who? What’s your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way?
 
When I was a teenager, I loved Jacqueline Wilson, but I think my favorite is Darren Shan. I adore his vampire series – it’s original, genuinely frightening and at times, completely heartless. My influences when I was writing the Fire Princess were mostly J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books in terms of story line, and Jacqueline Wilson in terms of writing style. The Blood Scrolls Trilogy gained some influence from the Emma Grady Trilogy.

These are really great influences. Are you optimistic, hopeful or romantic?
 
In my writing, I love terrible tragedy that is difficult to forget. However, I often fight with myself whether there’s a time and a place for this – would a happy ending be better? Would it be more appropriate for this character to live, or to die horribly, traumatizing all her friends and family and changing the plot-line forever? I try to mix it up – I think being predictable is the worst thing an artist can be.

Great answer! And what are you working on now?
 
Right now, I’m writing the finale in the Blood Scrolls Trilogy – the Blood of the Avenged. I’m really excited to get it finished, because I’ve been planning it for a long time. I’m hoping it can be released next year, or perhaps even the end of 2016 with a push.

I'm sure you can do it. Where can we find out more about you and your work?
 
I have a fan page on Facebook and also a Twitter account. You can also check out my publisher’s website for some extra information about me and my work. I’d absolutely love it if I got a message from someone who has read something of mine. That’s the dream right now – to receive fan mail!

Good luck, Poppy, and we wish you a lot of success in your writing career! Hope that fan mail comes soon! And thank you so much for stopping by and tell us more about you and your writing!

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