Today, the professor would like to welcome author–and PF member–Sonya Solomonovich for a Punchyish author interview!
“Humans are so fascinating!” thinks Solena, a dryad from the South American rainforest who is scorned by others of her tribe for her obsession with the human world. But when the forest is threatened, it is Solena who is chosen to go on an undercover mission that leads to a breathtaking time travel adventure involving pirates, knights, and of course, a talking alligator.
1. State one Punchyish fact about yourself.
I once ate a peanut butter and banana doughnut. That’s maybe more Elvis than Punchyish, but I could see the Punchies getting into it too.
2. What inspired Dryad?
I actually got the idea from a fellow-writer who wanted me to participate in National Novel Writing Month so he gave me an idea about a dryad climbing the corporate ladder in order to save the rainforest. Then I expanded on it by adding the time travel element. I never did participate in NaNoWriMo but several years later, a novel was created.
3. Do you write at a desk?
Yes, though sometimes I also write in my “nest,” which means sitting on the couch wrapped up in a sleeping bag.
4. Who’s your favorite author?
David Sedaris is my favorite humorous author. And there’s also William Goldman, who is both funny and has written some of my favorite adventure novels/screenplays.
5. The professor was amused by the character Tyler. Can you explain a little bit about him, and explain what inspired him?
Tyler is a talking alligator who has made a name for himself in the corporate world. Having learned to speak by reading Teddy Goldman’s self help books, he’s obsessed with self help literature and reality TV. And he’s a great friend to Solena, the main character. Tyler can go from being civilized to wild (and vice versa) in a matter of seconds. I think he just naturally came into the story because this is the kind of novel that calls for a talking alligator.
6. Could you tell us three facts about Dryads–as they are in your novel.
– They cast magic spells but are not allowed to kill or else they lose all their magic.
– Dryads like to party: they often have festivals with lots of drinking and dancing.
– They have green skin and colorful hair but can disguise themselves as humans if needed.
7. Are there any sequels planned for Dryad?
I’m not sure yet, but I would like to write a sequel focused on the supporting characters, such as Jackson and his friends, the knights.
8. How do you go about the writing process? Do you plan, or just sit and write?
I do very minimal planning. I let the characters do their own thing, and usually it takes the story along its natural course. This is why endings are always hard to write for me. So many things have to come together in a dramatic way, and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out ahead of time. In Dryad, I let the theme and the characters decide, and fortunately I had allowed the dryad to learn enough things along her journey so she knew what to do!
Thanks for answering these professorish questions!
Dryad is on sale on Amazon kindle for 99 cents: Right Here.
Also check out the author’s website, here.
MicP Studios put together a small skit, taken from a scene in the book.
The Scene: St Amour (a very wicked pirate) is trying to capture Rodney Love and his fellow lumberjacks.
Here is the devilry: