I am super excited to have Jasmine Richards by the blog today for an interview!
Jasmine Richards is the author of The Book of Wonders, which debuted January 17. She is a senior editor at a British publishing house, and lives in Oxfordshire with her husband. You can find her on the web at her website, twitter, and Goodreads.
Here’s a bit about The Book of Wonders:
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.
When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
If you could be any magical creature that appears in The Books of Wonders, which would you be?
I would be a djinni but with one caveat – I would want to be free one. In The Book of Wonders many djinnis have been shackled to mortal objects and so are under the control of humans. This means that extremely powerful creatures have essentially become slaves. The are not happy campers!
Say the characters from The Book of Wonders got stuck on a deserted island. Who would fare the best? The Worst? And who would get them off the island?
Oh dear, this is a hard one because in the Book of Wonders my characters are actually stranded on a deserted island and so if I answer this I will be giving away plot spoilers!
Suffice it to say that on this island nothing is as it seems and many of characters are going to be faced with challenges beyond their imagining . . .
Could you tell us five random facts about yourself?
I have interviewed the former prime minister of the UK, Tony Blair
I have written books as a man
I’ve failed my driving test four times
I have visited over 35 countries
I was born left handed but now use my right hand to write
Since there are sailors in The Book of Wonders, if you had a boat, what would you name it?
I’d call my boat something like Just Imagine because, as undoubtedly imagination is the best form of transport!
Does The Book of Wonders have a theme song at all? If so, what is it?
I’d say it was Zemer Attic/Tanz Tanz Yiddlelac by 3 Leg Torso. I love this piece of music – I feel like it really captures Zardi’s world and the sense of wildness that sweeps her up and sends her headlong into an amazing adventure. I loved this piece so much I actually used it for my book trailer http://youtu.be/6ugfHlrMKEU.
Thanks for stopping by Jasmine! Now I have one super cool giveaway for a lucky winner. One lucky person will get a signed copy of The Book of Wonders + a cool swag pack which includes a bookmark, book plate, and a necklace. Open internationally. Ends January 27.