In my interview with Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA, I was asked how nature influenced my work in the Fairy Godmother Academy stories. My lifelong love of trees, rocks, water, flowers, and birds comes out all over this book series.
In Book 1, Birdie’s Book, Birdie comes to New York City from her beloved green Califa ( her name for California) and longs for a place where she can grow things. When she travels to upstate New York to visit her long lost maternal grandmother, she finds her grandmother, Mo, to be an avid plant lover with a grand garden and greenhouse. It was a labor of love to describe the perfect garden and then go on to describe it in winter. I used my mind’s eye to see in winter what the spring would, not doubt, bring to life.
Using botanical names for people is Birdie’s little game in the story. I think it’s fun to actually compare people to plants. Alongside all the real plant and nature is the fantasy natural world where all the colors are even more vivid than real life and of course gravity is not a problem. I relied on feelings and memories to describe things here.
All of this leads to another form of expression- fashion! Check out this image of Birdie in her special nature- based Fall ensemble!
We just wrapped up our time at Austin Wizard World Comic Con 2011 over the weekend! We had the opportunity to perform as part of Kid’s Day and to connect with so many interesting, creative people who are defining the world of popular culture today.
I was proud to be on the same program as Peter Mayhew who is best known as Chewbacca from Star Wars, and who recently released a children’s book called My Favorite Giant which is a whimsical adventure that highlights the differences in people as being a strength instead of a weakness. Although, written for younger children, it’s message of acceptance is universal.
It’s wonderful to see the depiction of fairies in movies which show them to be mystical, magical and mischievous creatures. While fairies have been popularized in Disney films over the years in films like Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and Peter Pan, there are others out there that are also enchanting. Some of my favorite film with fairies draw a beautiful and unexpected portrait of these amazing beings. Here are my top five: Continue reading
You can meet the twin blue dragonfly fairies, Jo and Hanna from Lilu’s Book if you are in Dallas this weekend Saturday June 11th at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Booksmart Festival. In Lilu’s Book these twins drive the Ba-dum Boat which is powered by African drums!!!
By the way, Lilu’s Book is onsale now! here are just a few places where you can order it online:
A favorite fairy recipe- from Zally’s Book, Book 3 of the Fairy Godmother Academy series:
Aventurine Chocalatyl ( Chocolate Milk)
- 1 Kib Chili Pepper, split lengthwise ( seeds removed using gloves)
- 2 cups of water
- 30 magic cacao beans
- 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
- 4 cups cream
- 1 large vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 sticks Aventurine cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey
Have you ever seen these Fairie Magazines before? Check them out! Faerie Magazine, Faeries and Enchantment and Fairy Tale Magazine..
Lilu’s Book, Book 4 of the series is coming out in a few weeks May 2011. Lilu has an identical twin sister, Tandy. They are heiresses to a line a African weavers called the Songa Line. Lilu and Tandy are so close they share a secret language. When Lilu goes to Aventurine alone she must save an ancient white crane and his twin. She travels with twin faeries, Jo and Hanna, on the Ba-dum boat… a boat powered by drums. Buy the book on tape to hear the music.
YA- A to Z:A Conference sponsored by the Writer’s League of Texas will host me speaking on developing transmedia properties on Friday, April 15 from 4:30-5:30pm at The Austin Hyatt Regency Hotel. There will be a book signing at 3:15
Central Texas Council of Girl Scouts hosts a Fairy GodmotherAcademy “Hello Dreamer” Party at the Council Headquarters in Austin. Saturday, April 16th, 2pm- 4pm. Admission is $10 for scouts and non-scouts and places are still available. This event was a part of GirlScouts Possibilities series for 2011. Jan will sign books and books willbe sold on site.