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Saturday, February 11, 2012
GUEST POST & INTERVIEW: by Marie Landry
Today, I am more then excited to present or guest host: Marie Landry. She has written a lovely book Blue Sky days, and I hope you all get the chance to read it.
Guest post Who
Tilly Campbell-Ward is NOT based on…
After reading Blue
Sky Days, I’ve had people tell me they genuinely hate Emma’s mother, Tilly.
That’s good…that’s what I wanted. If you feel genuine emotion toward a
character, then I feel I’ve done my job as an author.
self-centred, snobby, and a poor excuse for a mother. A good deal of Emma’s
struggles come back to her dysfunctional relationship with Tilly—always trying
to please her, never living up to her impossible standards, feeling like she
wasn’t loved or cherished or any of the things a daughter should feel.
So who, you may
ask, is Tilly based on? Well…I can tell you who she’s not based on: my
own mother. My mum was so worried that people would think Tilly was based on
her. She didn’t want people to think that she was a cruel dictator of a parent
when she’s actually the complete opposite. It actually became a bit of a joke
with us, so when I wrote my dedication, I made sure to put it out there for the
world to see: “…and Mum, thank you for being the complete opposite of Emma’s
My mum is truly
nothing like Tilly Campbell-Ward. Tilly came almost entirely from my
imagination. I found it more of a challenge to create a completely fictional
character and to let my imagination run free coming up with the nasty, biting
things she said to Emma. As a writer, I like a challenge; my mum is my best
friend—one of the kindest, sweetest, loveliest, most generous people on this
earth—so it would have been too easy to write a character like that. Not to
mention the fact that the story would have been much different if Emma had had
a supportive, loving mother!
Now, when I say
that Tilly was ‘almost entirely from my imagination’, I did take qualities here
and there from people I know—mothers or mothers-in-law of my friends, and just
maybe a particular family member of mine who shall remain nameless but has a
number of the qualities that make Tilly such an unlikable character.
Inspiration really does come in all forms!
Thank you so much for lettimg me be part of such a great tour. This is really a great book.
First off, I'd
love for you to tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I just turned
28 in December. I live in Ontario, Canada, and I’ve been working as a freelance
writer since 2009. I’m passionate about writing, music, reading, and blogging.
I have a book blog called Ramblings
of a Daydreamer where I post book reviews and other bookish-themed posts. Blue
Sky Days is my debut novel.
always something you wanted to do? Or was there something else and you just
kind of fell into writing?
I’ve been writing
for as long as I can remember; it’s always been my dream, and I was determined
to do it professionally in one form or another. I figured I’d have to do
something else before I could be a professional writer, but I couldn’t really
think of anything else I wanted to do, so since I love children, I became a
preschool teacher and then a nanny. I enjoyed it, but knew it wasn’t something
I wanted to do forever, so I committed to writing full-time.
you to write this book?
A lot of things,
really. I had quite a few ideas for a story, and realized they would fit well
together. I always knew I would work cancer into a story somewhere because my
dad had leukemia when I was little. When a friend of mine was diagnosed with
leukemia several years ago, the idea for Nicholas being diagnosed with cancer
formed fully in my mind and I just started writing.
Did you have to
do any type of research?
Not as much as many
other authors. I was already quite familiar with leukemia since my dad was sick
for two years, but I did do a bit of cancer research to make sure I got my
facts straight. I also had to do some research about the construction business
for Nicholas’s job; my editor actually helped me quite a bit with that.
If you were
writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Oh, that’s a hard
one! My mum has often joked that we should write a story about our lives and
call it Survivor because we’ve both been through so much, but we’d have
to label it fiction because nobody would believe it was true. Other than that,
I might name it after my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer.
would you give aspiring writers?
Never ever give up.
If you want it bad enough, don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you that you
can’t do it. Dream big and believe in those dreams. Believe in yourself.
Work hard. Hone your craft. Be passionate. Do it because you love it, not
because you hope to get rich.
What's a typical
working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily
A typical day for
me starts anywhere between 9 and 10am. I work from home, so I get on the
computer almost right away and do my check-ins - email, Facebook, Twitter,
blog, etc. Then I get to work and start writing until lunch time. After a short
break, I get back to it until dinner time. I’ll usually take a few hours to
read and watch TV, but then I get back to it and will be on the computer
sometimes as late (or early) as 3am. I do try to set goals every day because I
find it helps me work better. It’s usually a minimum word count, or sometimes
sometime as simple as ‘finish chapter X’.
I'd like to
thank you for such a great interview, and I hope to be able to do it all over
again with any upcoming work you might have. I must say, that I also truly enjoyed the guest post. I had my own thoughts and feelings about Tilly, so getting to read more about her was nice.
Thank you so much
for having me here Sarita, it’s been a pleasure! I appreciate your support so
much, and I can’t wait to return to talk to you and your blog readers about
Well everyone, I really hope you enjoyed both the guest post and the interview. If you come back tomorrow, I'll be holding a giveaway.