Thursday, October 16, 2014

Special Halloween Interview with Author Daphne du Bois

1.   What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard/read/seen? It can be from a book, movie, or from the campfire at night…

The opening scenes in one of the old Dracula movies! I can't remember which it was now, but I distinctly remember sneaking in when the rest of the family was watching it (because I'd already been sent off to bed). I knew that I old enough to handle a scary movie! I was afraid of nothing. I caught the bit with all the fog and blood-curdling wolf howls before being spotted by my gran and told off, but it was enough to give me nightmares for weeks anyway.

2.   Who would you like to bring back as a zombie? Why?

A zombie Edgar Allan Poe would fit the season nicely! Although I'd probably chicken out at the last minute - I'd be far too concerned with being eaten to take the chance! I think watching Pet Sematary at a formative age pretty much ruined zombies for me...

3.   What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

The costumes and the incredible atmosphere are my favourite. I've always loved fancy-dress, and Halloween has always been that time of year when absolute silliness is mandatory! And since late October tends to be pretty dreary here in England, it's really great that there's all the bright colours and parties to look forward to.

4.   What was your best Halloween costume?

My favourite was a pirate costume, with a ruffly shirt, toy cutlass, boots - and a hat, of course. It was thrown together at the last minute for a party, but the reason it's my absolute favourite is that my best friend and I had tremendous fun putting the whole thing together, and playing around with the make-up!

5.   Is there an author out there that you’re pretty sure is a witch? Tell us who and why you think so!

Patricia McKillip - her beautiful writing is pure magic! And she just seems to have more and more wonderful stories to tell.

Thank you, Daphne!!!

How to find Daphne:

Daphne has always had a passion for literature and history and one day it occurred to her: what better way to use her English Literature degree than to write the kinds of stories she loves to read? She hasn’t looked back since. 
Daphne also writes lyrical fantasy under the pen name Emily de Courcy, and who knows where she'll branch out next!

Daphne has stacks of notebooks full of stories that still need to be written, which she insists on bringing with her when she moves around the world (she’s done this a lot!). She likes her books full of romance, magic, adventure, witty repartee and a dash of silly humour. When Daphne isn’t writing, she can be found painting, picnicking, reading and listening to all sorts of exciting music.

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