Interview With Author Dew Pellucid
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an old Echo, or so some say, and have written hundreds of books, or so says my biography. In Echoland I am famous, but in your realm–the Sound realm–my secret is safe. To discover who I am in your world, search no further than my first name. Dew in an English word, but it’s corresponding translation in another language will tell you who I am. But which language, you may wonder. Hebrew, of course. For in Hebrew, Dew is Tal. And so my real name is revealed.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
An idea is a curious thing. It can be stuffy, musty, even moldy. I lay in bed at night, a victim of insomnia once again, and there on the ceiling my thoughts turned like pages in a book (dusty pages). Philosophy was on my mind, and I was pondering Plato’s realm of the forms. All quite un-fiction-like. Or is it? After all, when Plato imagined a place where all ideas begin, a place so perfect that in it reside all the perfect forms of life, of which we see only shadows, imperfect reflections…you might even call them…echoes. Ah! And so Echoland was born in my imagination, a land that is a reflection of our world, where everyone of us has a see-through double. And what if this land considers itself inferior to ours, I asked myself? What if they think that they must die when we do? The story of “Crystillery” began that night.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Scraps of writing everywhere: On restaurant napkins, on toilet paper (these are the most embarrassing). On beautiful floral writing pads, on the back of my hand. On my white board and even on my walls (when the thought seems worth preserving). But mostly, and quite sanely, on the keyboard of my laptop.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many, so wonderful each and everyone. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable. Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Rowling’s Potter and Lewis’ Narnia. Tolkien’s universe and Grimms’ Fairytales. Many books I read as a child; the list is long. And poems by Browning and Keats, Elliot and the Bronte sisters (fiction too).
What are you working on now?
This is my dearest pleasure, to work on a the story of a rescue dog, a philosophical tale filled with life lessons and wisdom that only comes with fur. I am having the time of my life.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Initially, I turned to The Online Book Club, for it’s book loving community. I submitted a review package, and reviews kept pouring in. Sales began to happen, and now I do not promote my books but rely on word of mouth. But this month, because sales are sagging, and I didn’t want this beautiful story to be forgotten, I listed it for free with Kindle and turned to Awesome Gang for help.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s all about the love of imagination and writing. I can only speak for myself and tell you my story–I worked terribly hard to created a very special book, the kind that exceeded my expectations, that won awards. I am still proud of it so many years later. But I accept that I will never make money this way. I follow my own heart, and turning the story into a vehicle for making money will take too much of my time in all the wrong ways.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Dedicate yourself to the best within you, and be at peace with all you’ll never be because of who you have chosen to be.” E. L. Neve.
What are you reading now?
Marianne by George Sand.
What’s next for you as a writer?
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Far Pavillions
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