Today we're excited to chat with Elizabeth Foster, author of Esme's Wish.
Read on for more about Elizabeth and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!
Meet Elizabeth Foster!
Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to her own children reminded her how much she missed getting lost in other worlds. Once she started writing, she never looked back. She’s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, Australia, where she can often be found scribbling in cafés, indulging her love of both words and coffee.
Meet Esme's Wish!
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father's wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme's mother, Ariane - so why can't she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother's disappearance - that 'lost at sea' is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother's steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane's double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale recently won a 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award.
he first in an MG-to-YA series, Esme’s Wish is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.
A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that 'flows like water.' Prepare to fall in love with Esperance!
*** Esme’s Wish (e-book) is on sale for only 99c for the whole month of July so be sure to grab a copy!
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’m inspired by the ocean but I also love unique urban environments like Venice – so I started thinking about how I could turn those things into a story. Once I began writing I got a bit obsessed – which wasn’t a bad thing because of the amount of work ahead of me. J.K. Rowling was a big inspiration too – when I finished the last book in her Harry Potter series I realised how much I liked fantasy worlds and decided to create one of my own.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have a soft spot for the main character, Esme. She is full of determination and has plenty of smarts too. It took me a long time to really inhabit my characters – the benefit of writing a series is that now I know them really well and things like dialogue flow more easily.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first. The title of each book reflects an aspect of the protagonist’s journey in the story. Esme’s Wish is the first in the series, Esme’s Gift is the title of the second. As for the third – well, it’s too far away to know that yet!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I am most proud of the opening scene where Esme objects at the wedding of her father. I struggled to know where to start the book and finally decided that this was the best way to introduce the main character and show the impact of her missing mother on her life.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Patience and persistence. It takes time to learn the craft of fiction writing, especially when you start out as an absolute beginner. I’ve also earned to be kind to myself, to avoid comparisons and to stick to a writing routine.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
The first draft comes more easily now that I am more experienced, but it is still an exhausting process, and rather scary too. Revising is definitely more enjoyable for me. Maybe I am a bit of a control freak (who, me?) but I like to know the foundations of the story so I can carve out the details and polish.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I would love to be able to fly! After this series is done, I’m thinking about writing a story focusing on birds so I can inhabit their world for a while – with a few fantastical twists, of course!
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart ?
Preservation of our beautiful blue planet is probably the cause closest to my heart, particularly efforts to save the oceans and its inhabitants. The humpback whale was almost hunted to extinction and numbers are now up again due to worldwide efforts. In Australia, there is now a big campaign underway to limit plastic bag usage, which will help prevent the pollution of our oceans and the tragic loss of the animals who live in them.
By: Elizabeth Foster
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Release Date: October 30th, 2017
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