Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#TuesdayswithTaryn- @jemima_pett #author of #childrens #adventure series #trilogy The Princelings of the East

Tuesdays with Taryn
Jemima Pett

What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
Lord of the Rings and The Dragonriders of Pern (all of Anne McCaffrey’s books) probably.  I love the feeling of getting to know a world and the people in it.  JK Rowling once said something about Harry Potter being for people who loved detailed worlds.  That’s me!

What book do you read over and over again?
Lord of the Rings.  I often skip Frodo & Sam’s adventures though.  Also Skallagrigg which is the saddest book I know and everyone should read it.  Pride and Prejudice can stand a lot of reading, and when I picked up Black Beauty recently having not read it for 20 years, I found a whole new meaning in it.  It’s just as relevant to animal care today.

Tuesday Trio-
1)      Movie- Local Hero or Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
2)      Music- Just one piece?  You’re kidding.  Either Simply Red or Beethoven’s 9th. Although I did get up from the sofa to dance to Elton John at the Queen’s Jubilee concert in May.
3)      Decadent Dessert- Summer pudding with Ronaldo’s Black Pepper Ice-cream (it really works, especially with strawberries!)

What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
How much energy it takes to make one can of zero-calorie cola.  I can’t remember what it was now, but it was something I’d been wondering about for years.

Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
I’ve just finished Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief– he’s been on my list of Children’s/MG to read for a while.  I get diverted by all the great indie books out – next up is one by Sean N Noonan for ages 7 to 107, which sounds like my target audience – The Curse of the Grimlees.  I’m saving Claude Bouchard’s Barry McCall thriller series for a McCallfest weekend!

Whom would you cast as your Main Characters/Hero/Heroine if your book became a movie?
Fred & George – I found this very difficult.  A  boy-next door style with a bit of geek would do George well.  Fred needs someone similar with a bit more Viggo Mortensen about them.  Yes!  Viggo for Fred and the guy that played Faramir, David Wenham, for George
Hugo-Mariusz – Nathaniel Parker or Humphrey Bogart (thinking ahead to Book 4)
Lupin - Hugh Grant
Nimrod – Cate Blanchett
Victor    Cute but not ‘handsome’.  Victor is the favourite of a lot of people, both those that have only read the books and those that have only met him online.  Ah, Ewan MacGregor!

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The Princelings of the East is a trilogy relating the adventures of unlikely heroes Fred and George. Two innocents abroad, they solve problems caused by unintended consequences, commercial greed, and blind prejudice—and still find time to engage in troubled love affairs and nearly blow themselves up with their own inventions.

In the third book, The Princelings and the Lost City, Fred has made a commitment to his true love, Kira, but must win her father’s approval. George, meanwhile, is near to fulfilling his destiny, but gets sidetracked by the arrival of a new flying machine. A simple journey to introduce Kira to their home castle turns into a case of kidnap, mistaken identity, heartache, and the discovery of a totalitarian society hidden in the forest.

The Princelings series is a fantasy adventure for good readers age 10 and upwards, that combines the charm of The Wind in the Willows with a world reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey's Pern. It will be enjoyed by animal lovers as well as those who enjoy an imagined world where power struggles, self-interest and prejudice can be overcome by hard work, friendship and a little bit of talent.

Also available-
B&N- Coming November
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Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Taryn,

Nice to meet you. What a terrific interview with Jemima.

Hi, Jemima,

You story sounds so lovable and charming.

All the best,


Taryn Raye said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Michael! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael and thanks Taryn! It was lovely to take part and I really enjoy your blog, Taryn! Keep up the good work :)

Roy Station said...

Very enjoyable interview Jemima. You may have to phone your cast list soon when shooting begins?
Your triology sounds very inviting, the wife and I will have to get round when we clear our backlog.

Best of luck.:)