Today, as a first for this blog I am doing an interview and not just any old interview but an interview with the fabulously talented writer, Alberta Ross!
Alberta spent the first part of her adult life travelling the world, the middle years studying and now has settled down to write. From the first part she has endless photographs, memories and friends. From the second a BSc Hons, an MA and friends. Now in this part everything comes together.
Over the years her interests have expanded, as has her book and music collection. A short list would include reading (almost anything) science, opera, folk, gardening, philosophy, crazy patchwork, freeform crochet, ethics, social history, cooking (and eating of course) gardening, anthropology, climate change and sustainability.
Alberta says the best gift her parents gave her, apart from a love of reading and music, was an interest and curiosity in everything which, in itself, has become a total inability to be bored and for this she is always grateful.
Me: I love the title of your new book “The Fiddling Feline, The Flea and The Frog et al”; tell me what it’s about?
Alberta: Although I call The Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the Frog a collection of re-worked fairy tales, they are not all based upon well known tales. I have taken the magic, retribution, rewards and strangeness to spin a few of my own making:) This one, The Ancestor’s Avairy, is one such. I think it keeps faithful to the folk tale format.
Me: Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
Alberta: This particular tale was inspired by many aspects of my life. Another interest of mine is creating ‘art’ dolls. Not cuddly dolls, no, mine are all a trifle strange and many of my friends find them unsettling. Well that was invitation enough to weave a story around them. They were the main inspiration.
Me: I notice there is a ‘goth’ girl in the story. Do you feel an affinity for ‘goths’?
Alberta: Bringing this tale to life is the presence of Amara a ‘Goth’. Goths have a bad reputation but their ethos is passivity not violence. They are bullied for their ‘weirdness’, however they are no weirder than any other fashion youngsters indulge in. Their style though, does fit my tale of secret doings.
Me: The old lady, Morana, is an amibigious character; is that intentional?
I am an old lady now and have a sympathy for the old I may not have had when younger, so my stories tend to make them more than the traditional crones – they have survived a long time after all, some, in my tales, longer than one would think. They often have many secrets, Morana certainly has.
I wanted to create a tale of such longevity, a tale with magic at its heart, but dark magic? Or good magic? Is Morana an evil old woman or no? is Amara corrupted or no? I leave it to the reader to decide.
Me: Well thank you for your time Alberta and we all look forward to to reading the book!
Alberta’s books may be purchased
as print copies from
The Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the Frog et al will be available as e-book at beginning of December 2012
in all formats
in the kindle store
Alberta can also be found at
Social Network sites:
http://albertaross.co.uk web site
http://sefutychronicles-albertaross.blogspot.com for background to the writing of Alberta’s publications
http://www.didyoueverkissafrog.typepad.com for whatever takes her fancy
http://albertaross.wordpress.com for all things writing
Alberta can also be found on:
The Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the Frog et al is visiting other blogs over the next two weeks
http://www.prudencemacleod.com on the 29/30 November
http://theindieexchange.com on the 3rd December
http://www.virginiajennings.webs.com on the 5th December
https://mrsbongle.wordpress.com on the 6th December
http://indiebookreview.blogspot.co.uk on the 12th December
There will be six e-book copies of The Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the Frog et al up for grabs at the end of this mini tour – winners will be selected randomly from those who comment. I can offer print copies only to UK residents.