This my first time participating in a blog tour, so I’m thrilled to be interviewing my Twitter friend, Jemima Pett, author of The Princelings of the East, Book I of a trilogy of middle grade novels!
Here’s some information about the book, then we’ll get on with the interview and giveaway:
About the Book
Title: The Princelings of the East (Princelings of the East Trilogy, Book 1; 2nd edition)
Author: Jemima Pett
Year published: originally published 2011
Publisher: Princelings Publications
Number of pages: 103
Recommended age: 10+
The Princelings of the East is the first of a trilogy telling of the adventures of Fred and George.
When the King’s Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeeper Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.
Suitable for good readers aged 10 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern.
“Jemima Pett has woven a suspenseful mystery featuring a cast of memorable characters headed by the two charismatic guinea pigs, Fred and George. Pett dives into the story right away introducing Fred and George and establishing the crux of the plot early in the book – namely, the mysterious Energy Drain. The plot line, with its many twists and turns, is very intricate and complex; thus, making it enjoyable for older tweens and even adults. Science fiction aficionados in particular will be interested in the element of time-travel in this book.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, 5 Stars
“It was easy for me to settle into Pett’s writing style; it’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Anne McCaffrey or J.R.R. Tolkien, and Pett’s writing is a welcomed reminder of how that style of writing can really add to a good plot-line. I have to say that I was impressed with the novel overall. Although it is for older children, it’s still written in a way that will appeal to many adults.” ~ Megan, Amazon, 5 Stars
“After reading The Princelings of the East, I felt as if my IQ had gone up a few points with Ms. Pett’s vocabulary choices – what refreshing text. This true adventure book which includes a fight, time travel and mysterious strangers is reminiscent of Wind in the Willows – with a twist…I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the next book in the Princelings series.” ~Christine M. Goodreads, 5 Stars.
About the Author: Jemima Pett
I’ve been writing since I was about 8 years old. When my mum died in 2003, I found a small booklet in her box of treasures, written in a very childish hand, entitled The Little Stream. I’ve been writing articles and reports for newsletters and magazines ever since, but I couldn’t find interesting characters and plot for a novel!
I worked in business for many years. I wrote manuals, reports, science papers, blogs, journals, anything and everything that kept the words flowing. Finally the characters jumped into my head with stories that needed to be told, and THE PRINCELINGS OF THE EAST was born.
I now live in Norfolk with my guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for my stories. And the picture is me with Fred. That’s Princeling Fred, of course!
Book Website: http://princelings.co.uk/
Author Website: http://jemimapett.com/
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Welcome to my blog today, Jemima. I’ve made a nice spot of tea and have creme brulee for you. Now let’s chat…
Is it true that the inspiration for your characters were guinea pigs?
I had two guinea pigs, Fred and George. Then I got two more, Victor and Hugo. Fred and George were perfect gentlemen, clever and inspirational. I nicknamed them the philosopher and the engineer long before I thought of writing stories about them. Hugo was the bossy know-all and Victor is the cute and cuddly one. My online friends mostly had guinea pigs then and we used to tell stories about them, one post at a time. One day I took the story down a tunnel to a world that ran on strawberry juice, and suddenly I had a whole trilogy I wanted to write.
What is YOUR favorite part of the book?
Maybe it’s George’s adventure on the island of Hattan, with all the strange machinery, and shady characters following him and Saku home after they’ve eaten their meal in the diner. Or any time that Fred is Thinking (which he does with a capital T).
What is the main message you want to convey to your readers in your books?
You’d be surprised what you can do if you think things through and trust your friends.
What advice would you give someone aspiring to write a children’s book?
Read lots of children’s books. There is a huge range. Mine are in the ‘advanced reader’ category, partly because that’s what I wanted to read when I was a kid. I’m not secure in knowing what this audience wants or needs, though, and sometimes I read advice on sites that I think is far too protective. Different cultures have different standards. You need to be aware of that and know who you are writing for.
What are some of your favorite books from when you were a child and did any of these inspire you when writing your books?
I usually cite Wind in the Willows as a huge influence and it is. I know anthropomorphism is frowned on, but detractors haven’t met my guinea pigs. I was pony mad so read all the books I could find in the library, and saved up my birthday book tokens for the Jill books, by Ruby Ferguson, which I still have. I also liked adventure stories, and from around ten to twelve I loved all the school stories, Mallory Towers, the Chalet School, and so on. I think most of the stories I remember best are ones involving the lives of animals in the wild, often in conflict with nasty humans!
What books are you reading right now?
I’ve read about 12 middle grade books in the last three months, which is a lot of reading for me, and I’m giving myself a little break with some adult books: ones from Claude Bouchard’s Barry/McCall crime series and Andrea Camilleri’s Sicilian detective Montalbano. I’ve just joined a reading group at my sports club, and we’re reading The Purple Hibiscus at present, which is not my preference but it’s good for me to read outside my narrow range of Likes!
When I’ve finished those, I’ll be reading two giveaway prizes I won this month, The Quicksilver Horse and A Friend Like Annabel. The one that I’m looking forward to most of all, though, is Return to Skunk Corners!
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Snorkelling with guinea pigs – the woman who learnt a lot about many things, but never went into any of them too deeply.” I might write it 😀
Thanks so much for popping in Jemima. Good luck with the rest of your tour!
On to the giveaway!
*** The Princelings of the East Blog Tour Giveaway ***
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash + a paperback copy of The Princelings of the East Trilogy by Jemima Pett
Contest runs: September 23 to October 20, 11:59 pm, 2013
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