I’m delighted to be hosting Lily Rose in my hot seat on publication day as part of the tour for The Jumble Sale.
Lily is chatting to us about the inspiration for her story, her characters and much more.
The Jumble Sale sounds fab for readers aged 10 – 12. Enjoy!
Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.
Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.
Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?
Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.
Hi Lily, welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise The Jumble Sale in 20 words or less.
The Jumble Sale, is a quirky, fun story of how Zadi, brings together the misfit monsters as a community.
What was the idea/inspiration for your book?
At the time, I was thinking about monsters, and how I could create monster characters that weren’t scary, were a little fun, and a bit quirky. That’s how I came up with misfit monsters, and Zadi, who is part zombie, part fairy, with a little bit of robot. Then I thought about how they lived, and what they needed to survive, and I quite like the concept of upcycling, and making. I thought it a good way to use up the excess rubbish from humans, and have the misfit monsters making it into something that could help themselves. Then I started thinking what if there were no rubbish deliveries, then what would the misfit monsters do? Slowly, the story line of The Jumble Sale began to take shape, and it was going to be up to Zadi to find a solution that would help them all.
Please tell us about your characters.
Zadi, is part zombie, part fairy, with a little bit of robot. She’s a very good at hunting for new items and is an excellent inventor. She can be a little serious, and spends time making things, and she really wants the misfit monsters to all get along, but doesn’t always happen as they seem to be arguing over something. Tamra, is her best friend and neighbour, who is part pixie, part goblin, with a little bit of jester, and all she wants to do is have a good time and make other misfit monsters laugh. Sometimes this is a problem for Zadi, who wants to get on finishing whatever project she’s working on.
Then there’s Mayor Ori, part wizard, part gnome, and a lot of minotaur, who tries to look after the running of their village, which is really hard because misfit monsters aren’t very good at listening or working together. And he also has some very strict rules, which Zadi thinks need changing, and she needs to try and convince the misfit monsters to help support her in finding alternative guidelines that will actually help them all.
Does your book tackle a social barrier Lily?
It’s not a social barrier as such, but The Jumble Sale, is about how one can help bring many together for all of their benefit. Zadi needs to work out how to come up with a solution to a lack of items they can use to help them survive, and if she does, it will help bring them together as a community. I like this theme, because in the modern city life, the sense of community is often lacking, and there’s a lot of people who are lonely, or doing it tough, or too busy fighting with each other, instead of trying to come up with common solutions, and getting along.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
I prefer to write in the mornings, but I’m not an early bird, so not too early. I like how I’m fresh for the day in the morning, and full of energy, and I want to get writing. It’s not always possible, so over time I’ve learnt to write whenever I have time to, whether that’s in the morning (still not too early) or in the afternoon, or evening.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity Lily?
I love to write in cafés. It is noisy, busy, and somehow I can sit and write so much more easily than the quiet of my home (when it is quiet!). I have a number of favourite cafés that I like to frequent, and the change of café from each day means I get to write in new places, meet different people, which I think indirectly helps to feed my creativity.
Panster or plotter?
I am most definitely a pantser. When I first started writing, I tried very hard to plot and plan. But when I sat down to write, I never stuck to the plan. I’d change it on the fly. So, with time I learnt to go with this process, and for me it works well. It might mean that I need to do a bit more editing, but in the moment of creation, I love the freedom of not sticking to a plan, just writing, and seeing where the characters will take me. Usually they have a better idea of the story than me!
Have you done any writing courses that you would recommend to others?
I run online writing courses (does this count?), Cultivating Creativity, which are aimed at helping writers connect with their creative flow, and work through writing blocks. Participants, have become more aware of their writing journey, and have resulted in getting back writing and finishing their novels.
Finally, if your book is part of a series, what is in the future?
Yes, this book is part of a series. Well, now I can’t give too much away! But there are going to be adventures that Zadi and her friends go on, and discovery of the misfit monsters world. While Zadi is part fairy, her fairy wings don’t work, and I’m sure there’s going to be a story about that coming up. The misfit monsters are dreadfully scared of humans, and well it’s very tempting to see how they react if they meet one, which I’m sure will lead to another adventure. One day a mysterious misfit monster who has been travelling arrives at the gates of their village, and that will send them all in to their quirky chaos.
Thank you for being my guest today. Wishing you success with all your writing projects Lily.
Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.
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