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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Inside the Mind: A Kidd


Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators. Today is a Special Feature with Kid's Korner
Our guest today is A Kidd, the author behind The Healing Star.




Lily: Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview, A. Kidd. I enjoyed reading The Healing Star. Julia is a great main character, was she inspired by anyone? A. Kidd: Actually, I think she was inspired by a younger, spunkier version of myself, when I was only about 4 or 5-years-old. I used to wear a red baseball cap backwards, and I wanted to ride a red motorcycle. Luckily for my mom, I grew out of some of that. But I would say I’m still driven like Julia. Lily: That's great! I think some of the best characters are ones we find inside. What’s your favorite scene in the book (without spoilers)? A. Kidd: Well, my favorite scene is near the end and probably would give the whole story away. But I also really like the part where Julia helps the giant baby owl. I’ve always liked owls; they were my favorite animals growing up. In this scene, there is such a tender moment shared between Julia and the baby owl as they recognize their shared weaknesses and work together to accomplish their goals. It is in this moment that Julia recognizes the power of love might be even greater than the power of luck. Lily: That was a really sweet moment. Did you wish on stars as a kid?
A. Kidd: Yes, and I still do. I slept by the window, and each night I would look for my special star and make a wish on it. I also used to imagine a little girl swinging in the tree outside my window. I guess I always had an active imagination. Lily: I always did too, and I think an active imagination comes with the creative territory. Is there anything you want readers to take away from reading this?
A. Kidd: The story is all about wishing and trying to get what you want even when things don’t go your way. Julia is very persistent going after that star to save her grandma. But ultimately the story is about how to be hopeful when the situation seems completely hopeless and there’s nothing left to try. It’s also about family and friendship and how we can help others during difficult times. Lily: It definitely helped lift my spirits with all the things going on in the world currently. Now we’d like to talk about you as a writer. Do you have a favorite thing to drink when writing? A. Kidd: Herbal tea, preferably lemon balm or cinnamon or licorice Lily: Cinnamon tea sounds delicious. Do you prefer quiet or noise when writing? A. Kidd: Absolute quiet, and I mean I don’t even want to hear the clock ticking, haha (that’s the only way I can hear what’s going on in my head) Lily: I personally need some noise, but clocks ticking always make it hard to focus. What’s the best part of writing and publishing a book? A. Kidd: The first spark of an idea is always exciting to me (before the internal critic gets in the way); and having a book published has allowed me to reach an audience and connect with readers, which is what I think writing is really all about. Lily: I agree sharing your writing is rewarding. Let’s finish up with some fun questions and get inside your mind. What’s the worst or best job you’ve had? A. Kidd: Gift-wrapper at Jacobson’s Department Store; I learned how to expertly wrap a gift, and it was always gratifying to give that gift to someone to take home Lily: I don't suppose you could help me? Wrapping paper is my bane. What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen? A. Kidd: The LAN Before Time is pretty cute; also I love that episode of Life in Pieces where the grown up daughter asks for the wifi password and her father says, “seven” and she’s like, that can’t be right. Lily: Oh I like that one! Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?
A. Kidd: This is tough because they are both kind of the same thing, and since I’m always in a hurry, it’s hard to answer. I guess I’ll say all lights will be green, because, as a writer, I can usually find a way to make use of my time standing in line. (i.e. plotting or coming up with wacky characters based on the people I’m standing in line with. You are forewarned! Haha) Lily: Hehe I'm not sure which I would choose. What does your perfect breakfast look like? A. Kidd: I’m a brunch person since I like to wake up late and preferably have two meals in one. So eggs, bacon, cornbread waffle, smoked salmon, avocado toast, (and secretly Lucky Charms) Lily: Now I really want brunch. What movie never gets old no matter how many times you’ve seen it? A. Kidd: Goonies and A League of Their Own (I like a good adventure and strong female characters) Lily: Goonies is definitely one of my favorites. If any of you reading this haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! Do you speak any other languages? A. Kidd: I learned Spanish in high school; I’m also at a beginners level for Japanese (my husband is from Japan, and I really want to be able to communicate with his family and keep up with my young daughter who already knows more words than I do). Lily: That's a great reason to learn! How can readers discover more about you and you work? A. Kidd: They can go to my Facebook page for a special sneak peek of The Healing Star. I created a video of me reading an exciting excerpt from the story. They can also learn how to create their own healing star. I love receiving mail too. Kids can email me at A.Kiddwrites@gmail.com and share drawings of their favorite scene from the book or tell me what they thought of the story. The book is available to purchase on Amazon, and right now there is a special on the ebook.

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