Monday 18 May 2015

An interview with Bonnie Ferrante

Today on the blog we have an interview with Bonnie Ferrante, author of YA fantasy novel Leya.

Hi Bonnie! Tell us a little about Leya.
Leya is a poor peasant girl with little hope for a better future. Being chosen by a Mistress of the Sphere of Vision is her only hope, but because she has two different coloured eyes, Leya will have to be exceptionally gifted. No one in her family has ever been chosen. Does she have potential for a vision gift and will one eye be strong enough to fulfil that potential?

What can we expect from future installments in the Sphere of Vision series?
I will be writing more books from different girls' viewpoints. They will all build toward the grand confrontation.

Where did you find the inspiration for the series?
I've always loved the phrase "The eyes are the window to the soul." What if they were also the doorway to individual magical gifts?

What made you want to write for a YA audience?

I enjoy reading YA. Probably 40% of the novels I read are YA. I love the intensity, the growth of the characters, and the inventiveness of plot. Basically, it's fun to write.

What is your favourite YA series?
Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.

Did you relate to Leya or any of your other characters?

I think several of the characters have bits of me. Leya is a poor kid who is somewhat of a social outsider. Mistress Sangha is a teacher who cares for her students, sometimes too much. Caari is a girl who finds solace with animals.

Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
Leya is my favourite character because she shows the most growth.

If you could choose to have a Vision Power, what would it be?
Healing, emotionally and physically.

What book do you wish you could have written?
The Once and Future King by E. B. White.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
The collected works of Shakespeare.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Bonnie for taking the time to answer some questions. Leya is available to purchase now in both ebook and paperback formats.

Keep up to date on the Sphere of Vision series by following Bonnie on twitter 

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