Today I have P.A. Estelle, author of the novelette At What Price, on the blog. Here we go!
Me: Welcome to the blog! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. To start off, tell us a bit about your book.
P.A: Katherine Gardner is awakened at 6:30 in the morning with a call from a strange woman who claims to have her granddaughter, Rio. This woman is calling the police if Katherine doesn’t make arrangements for somebody to pick this little girl up.
Katherine is a fifty-six years old woman and all alone, since her husband died over three years ago. Her life takes a dramatic turn when six-year old Rio comes to stay with her. Rio is a scared little girl whose life is filled with uncertainty and fear.
In her grandmother, Rio finds a safe haven and an unconditional love that she has never known in her six short years and Katherine has found a love to fill the void that has been absent for way too long.
Unfortunately Katherine’s daughter, who deserted Rio, has other ideas.
Me: Is this your debut book?
P.A.: This is my first “adult” story.
I have written three stories for the MG/tween age group.
Hike Up Devil’s Mountain
Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare
A Float Down The Canal
I have also written one non-fiction story with my hubby on our life “off the grid”.
Solar – One Family’s Reality
Me: How long did this book take you, from draft one to ready to submit?
P.A.: About two months. I had this one in the back of my mind for a while. The little girl, Rio, is actually my granddaughter and I think it’s a really unique name.
Me: As an author, who has influenced your work the most?
P.A.: This is a tough question for me. I was never a reader as a kid or into my teen years and I’ve never, to this day, read books for MG kids. Of course I read to my own children, which was about 100 years ago, but those were for smaller children.
I worked for an elementary school for twenty-one years so if I had to pick someone that influenced my writing I would have to say all the students I worked with. I wanted to see the older kids reading more. I feel I missed out on all kinds of adventures simply because I didn’t read.
Me: Random question time: Your main character is locked inside a department store (like Target or WalMart) overnight and is unable to contact anyone for help. What does s/he do?
P.A.: HMMMMM – Since she is a woman in her late 50s, I would say, she tried on clothes, maybe ate some ice cream, pulled a futon mattress to the floor and said, “Good Night”
Me: Here's my favorite question to ask authors: "Do you believe in the dreaded Writer's Block?" If so, how do YOU get past it?
P.A.: I can honestly say I have never had it. If I come to a part where I can’t seem to figure out what should happen next, I take my black Lab, Blacky, and we go walk. Since we live way out in the sticks, there are lots of dirt roads for me to come up with something and that usually does the trick.
Me: Care to tell us anything about your current work-in-progress?
P.A.: My story, Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare – The Wickware Sagas, was supposed to be a series. My publisher asked if I would be interested in doing another 4 or 5 stories and making them all into a book, the Wickware Sagas, Volume One. I am finishing up the last story right now. I can tell you it’s about a well off 7th grader in Miss Wickware’s history class and he finds himself on an Orphan Train in 1875.
Me: And last but not least: Do you have any words of wisdom for new and aspiring authors?
P.A.: Write, write, submit, write, write, submit……AND write because you love doing it, otherwise, find something else to do.
Thank you so much for letting me come by and visit today, Beth.
Me: Thank you for the interview! Good luck with your writing career.
About the author: My name is Penny Estelle. I was a school secretary for 21 years and retired in 2009. We moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ and we live on 54 acres in a very rural area. Actually we live “off the grid”. We live on solar and wind. A real adjustment for a city girl. I must say – I love it. Nothing like walking out your front door and hear coyotes howling in the distance and seeing a sky bursting with stars. It is breathtaking!
I started writing for kids right before I retired. There is always material when kids are involved. I am pleased to say I have several MG/tween books out and my debut book for adults was just recently released. I also have a non-fiction story out about our life with solar.