Author Chat with Alejandra Green & Fanny Rodriguez (Fantastic Tales Of Nothing) Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Alejandra Green & Fanny Rodriguez author of
Fantastic Tales of Nothing.
Read on for more about Alejandra & Fanny and their book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Alejandra Green!
Alejandra “Ale” Green is an artist from San José del Cabo, BCS, Mexico. She has worked at a local animation studio, ranging from visual development to 2d animation. She’s also been a concept artist for videogame companies such as EA, Bioware, Zynga, and more. Ale is currently a freelance illustrator and comic artist living in Monterrey, NL, with her fiancée and rescued pets. You can visit her online at https://talesofnothing.com/en/
Meet Fanny Rodriguez!
Fanny Rodriguez is an artist and writer from Monterrey, NL, Mexico. She has worked as a web and UI designer for several years before becoming a concept artist and team leader for an outsourcing videogame studio, supervising and creating assets for projects by EA, Bioware, Zynga, and more. She is now a freelance illustrator developing new stories for comics. Fanny lives with her spouse, dogs Mila and Sophie, and their ancient chinchilla. You can visit her online at https://talesofnothing.com/en/
Meet Fantastic Tales of Nothing!
In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged.
Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . . .
This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries—a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina.
Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren’t supposed to have magic. But there’s no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land.
No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Fanny: The idea originally was to do something fun with my friend, both of us like fantasy so we went from there. While I really like to read, I’ve always love videogames especially RPGs and fantasy adventure ones.
Ale: Role-Playing games along with the perfect opportunity to work on something dear and personal along with my best friend.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Fanny: It is very hard for me to pick favorites; everyone has something I love. Haven holds a special place for me because they was one of the very first characters to be created and evolved as we developed more into the story, and I grew a bit more as a writer.
Ale: Naoki has to be my favorite character, I just love the way he expresses himself along with the fourth wall break. (I have a weird bias towards secondary characters too.)
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Fanny: The novel, but not really? The first draft of our story was completely different from what it is now. The title is a funny story because it was just a temporary title, I put it in a document we were passing around and it stuck.
Ale: Funny thing is, the story’s mood was not even comedy at the beginning. Slowly but surely as we developed the comic, Fanny added the funny bits and puns along the way which casually got along too well with the random title once we began publishing online.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Fanny: Tea or coffee sometimes accompanied by sweet pastries. Lately been sticking to water because I need to slow down on the caffeine haha.
Ale: It was nice to meet up at our favorite coffee shop and work while digging on pastries and a cup of coffee/tea.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what is the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Fanny: I’m no expert but I think that when you are worldbuilding, despite all the amazing things you want to share with the reader about the world you’ve created, you need to focus on the aspects that will play a part on the main story. But do not stop yourself to add bits and bobs that would make your world more “real”.
Ale: I am fairly new to the comic format. Planning thumbnails and layouts while keeping in mind the lettering that will complement the visuals has been the most challenging and interesting thing to learn so far! Especially when you work with characters that, whatever happens, will never remain silent. (Nathan and Sina’s dialogues are a handful.)
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Fanny: That is a perfect example of how we work and can create very cool things together. I am always so happy to be able to do this with my best friend.
Ale: The cover had the same process behind the very first page we did back when we developed the project as a webcomic. The overall colors, composition, and mood are a lovely reminder of how good we are as a team and friends.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Fanny: So many books! Send help haha. Songs of Love and Death (Ale lend me this one a year ago if not more...oops), The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera, I’ll be gone in the dark by Michelle McNamara, and The flower of the North by Espido Freire.
Ale: Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling, and Ola Rosling has been on my pile for a while… Maybe I should change that soon.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
Fanny: Recently I haven’t had a chance to read anything new. But I could recommend The Princess and the Dressmaker and CODA by Simon Spurrier and Matias Bergara, both are such gorgeous works.
Ale: I recently read a comic/manga called Silver Spoon. Daily life stories with wholesome underlying lessons have to be some of my favorite.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Ale: We still have to finish the second book for Fantastic Tales of Nothing while we set up a full script of a news story we have been planning to do for a while (Hint: A love and dramatic story between ghosts).
We are currently collaborating as artists with Bart Davis and Julien Lennon’s next middle school graphic novel as well!
Fanny: What Ale said, basically lots of drawing and writing in the future, which is great! (and a bit scary.)
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
Ale: Not that we know of unless our wonderful agent, Mark Gottlieb, has something to tell us haha.
Fanny: Yeah, if some adaptation gets to happen, we will let everyone know for sure.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Fanny: Can I say everything? It’s my first time writing a whole book, everything was difficult. From arranging the ideas to really pin the characters, even the funny parts. I’m very glad I wasn’t doing this alone. But if there is an emotional chapter is the one about Bardou, especially when Sina scolds him.
Ale: Bardou and Haven’s stories have been the most emotional so far. When drawing their expressions or gestures it is important to be mindful of their feelings and reactions when the situation develops.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Ale: Personally, Haven has been the hardest to draw from the very beginning to the very end.
Fanny: I am going to agree with Ale, Haven has gone through so many changes while writing them and I think is the most complex character of the party. I still love them, nonetheless.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Fanny: I love both parts, but I’ll go with Revising because Drafting is such a chaotic experience for me. I am a very indecisive person.
Ale: Revisions, I guess? Fanny is the writer; I just help her out whenever she’s having a rough time trying to figure out story plots and character reactions. (To be honest, I still have no idea of how she does it- blows my mind each time. Witchcraft probably.)
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Fanny: Does making really bad jokes count? Making Ale frown and laugh at the same time is the best thing ever.
Ale: Time management whenever it involves work. I still go back to the finished pages and ask myself how in the world did we do it (or if this is a dream).
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Ale: Anything that stands up for human rights and environment, be it women, PoC, LGTBQ+, or nature conservation... Empathy is something I try to always keep in my mind.
Fanny: I do not want to repeat it but I’m on the same page with Ale here on matters that involve human rights for everyone and the conservation of the environment. I am also very passionate about causes that involve animal rescue. Please support your local shelters!
Fantastic Tales of Nothing
By: Alejandra Green & Fanny Rodriguez
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: November 17th, 2020
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My sister and I love graphic novels, I like the story and she just looks at the pictures . I love the art style, the book looks so vibrant.