I recently spoke with Ana Franco, she is an author, her debut book is ‘Down the Wormhole’ published through French Press Bookworks (www.frenchpressbookworks.com) It will be released March 17th 2015.
She is a lovely and kind person. I know this because she likes cats. I cannot wait to get a copy of her novel.
Please tell me about yourself.
Oh, there’s nothing really different about me from any other human being walking around. I mean, I am a super villain behind your backs and I’m scheming how to bring Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort to work with me so I can conquer the world, muahahaha! No. I’m kidding. Umm… people always called me a nerd, but I don’t think I am one. I didn’t get very good grades on high school, but shhh! I like to blog, to read, to write, to listen to music (favorite band will be Imagine Dragons forever), to play videogame (ugh, and I still haven’t finished playing The Last of Us…) and I love TV series. Oh, and movies too. I have lots of posters on my bedroom. Thinking now… I think there is one of Jurassic Park, two of Once Upon a Time, one of Arrow, one of Sherlock, one of Beauty and the Beast, one of Harry Potter, one of Star Wars, one of Lilo and Stitch and one Marvel heroes and one of Loki alone. I had one of Jack Frost too, but this poster died long ago. Long sad story. But see, I’m a very normal girl!
What do you like to read?
Oh, bits of this and bits of that! As you might have noticed from my collection of posters, I quite like fantasy – every kind of fantasy. As long as you present me a world that you’ll make me want to live in, I’ll read the story. And this is no secret as well that I love fanfics. And sometimes I read screenplays, because they’re fun to read. Oh… and yeah, there’s college books. Not that I like them, though.
What are you reading right now and what do you think you will read next?
Right now I’m reading the questions here so I can answer that. But okay, I just finished a Harry Potter fanfic (I’ll never get enough of this universe, oops) and I was reading a very bizarre book called Winkie (don’t remember the name of the author right now) – but I dropped it because… well, because it is bizarre. I don’t know what I’ll read next – maybe a book from Stephen King that my mom’s bugging me to read for a while.
Why do you like to write?
I just do. Don’t know what else to say. It’s like (brace yourselves, here comes the cliché) breathing really hard – it’s part of who I am (sorry, I didn’t feel the need to alert you about another cliché, haha).
Tell us where you come from and where you live now.
You know those cities that movies talk about in Western stories? “A very peaceful town until Edward Scissorshands appeared…”? That’s kind of it, just without the Scissorshands part
If you could invite any person, alive today or from history, to a dinner party party who would invite and why?
Audrey Hepburn! Who knows, maybe she will invite me for a breakfast at Tiffany’s…
What advice can you give to people trying to achieve their dreams?
“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, and the dreams that you dreamed of once in a lullaby […] dreams really do come true.”
Can you tell us about the new book you have coming out and your inspiration?
Yes, of course! The book’s Down The Wormhole, my new baby. I don’t really how any better way to describe it but using one of the phrases on my original pitch: “A young orphan girls bonds with four mythological gods while trying to find a true home for herself”. A girl who is named “Kitty” thanks to my sick obsession (I prefer the term “love”, though) over cats. The inspiration part is very… embarrassing. You see, I was having a lunch during at Unicamp (University of Campinas) and was thinking about a fanfic that I started reading the day before (don’t even ask what which one or about what, I forgot about it once I started working on my book) that had a lonely orphan girl befriending a charming little orphan boy from the orphanage neighbor to hers. The image of the kids talking refused to leave me alone. So, during my break, I went to my mom and told her my “situation”. And asked her for what she thought I could construct from this “prompt”. We thought and talked during the whole break – and by the end of it, I had some ideas – like about Aphrodite’s love story with Medusa, about Kitty befriending Anubis and few other less important things. I just wrote down my ideas and started to work on it later. Boom! The story gained a life of its own! =D
Can you give us a quote from your favorite book?
I have lots of favorites books, but sure, here’s one that I think you all might be familiar with: “Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’
’I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”
Thank you Ana!