by Red Tash
Release Date: June 26, 2012
What inspired you to write Troll or Derby?
A genuine delight in all things faerie—both good & bad; a love-hate relationship with rural Indiana life, and a hardcore passion for roller derby!
How long have you been writing?
Forever. I've read a lot of these author interviews, and it always strikes me how many of us have been writing from a very young age. I used to think it was unique that I started publishing poetry at age 10, but among writers, it's pretty common practice. I have published fiction off and on through the years on a very casual basis, but this time last year I began my serious career in fiction, so in that way I'm a “new” writer. Prior to that, I had a career in journalism that included a newspaper column with a readership in the millions. Writing novels is a whole new ballgame, though. Like changing Olympic sports, really!
Who was your favorite character to write?
I love Deb & Harlow equally, I think. Deb's really quite a little butt-kicker! On the other hand, Harlow's a lovable loner, so you just want to let him tell his stories.
Did you have to do any particular research for the book?
Well, I played roller derby! I was Tyra Durden on Derby City Rollergirls.
If you could describe Troll or Derby in three words, what would they be?
Fast, wild, and fun!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don't be afraid to tell crazy stories. People love a wild imagination! They also like decent grammar, stories with a beginning, middle, and end, and they very much prefer loose ends to be tied up! Do all that and you can't go wrong.
Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies news, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?
Well, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was nearly perfect in my opinion, but The Hunger Games was excellent, as well!
Thanks for stopping by Nawanda Files, Red Tash! Troll or Derby sounds like a very original story! And that's awesome you played roller derby yourself!