Punchyish Interview with author Sonya Solomonovich

Today, the professor would like to welcome author–and PF member–Sonya Solomonovich for a Punchyish author interview!

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“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:

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39 Responses to “Punchyish Interview with author Sonya Solomonovich”


  1. 1 Hazy December 27, 2013 at 03:45

    A very good interview, Professor! And nice skit.

    The book sounds quite interesting. Well done for writing and finishing a story, Sonya! Best of luck to you! :)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 30, 2013 at 15:11

      Thank you, Hazy!

  2. 3 The Dancing Rider December 21, 2013 at 22:20

    Quite interesting! Both the interview and the skit. :) I’ve known three other people who were authors. I find the minimal planning approach interesting and I like the idea! :)

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 30, 2013 at 15:04

      The professor’s brain usually gets muddled no matter how he goes about it!

  3. 5 L. Marie December 20, 2013 at 16:30

    Loved this interview. Sonya has a great concept. And um, the skit was hilarious as usual.

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2013 at 20:34

      Many thanks, L!

  4. 7 Debbie December 19, 2013 at 21:35

    I can appreciate the “minimal planning,” Sonya. I, too, generally have an idea (often with a beginning and an ending), but it’s the middle where I struggle. Sigh.

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:33

      Oh yes, isn’t the middle extremely vexing?

  5. 9 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 19, 2013 at 21:27

    Congratulations and best of luck, Sonya. I read Davis Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day…hmm. The first 1/4 of the book I laughed out loud.

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:32

      And the last half you cried.

      • 11 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 20, 2013 at 01:29

        No the last 3/4 I burned.

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2013 at 13:37

        :lol: How naughty!

      • 13 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 20, 2013 at 18:46

        I thought you’d like that.

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2013 at 20:36

        :D

  6. 15 Sonya Solomonovich December 19, 2013 at 19:43

    Thanks for that awesome skit, professor! I think Daddy Salami is perfect for St Amour and Manly Man as Rodney works very nicely!

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:32

      Thanks so much for being interviewed, Sonya!

  7. 17 Gene'O December 19, 2013 at 17:09

    Reblogged this on The Writing Catalog and commented:
    The professor has a interview today with the author of Dryad, and a bonus video of a comic adaptation of a scene from the book. Enjoy!

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:29

      Many thanks, sir!

  8. 19 FictionFan December 19, 2013 at 15:35

    Nice interview. Good luck with the book, Sonya. :)

    • 20 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 16:16

      Thanks, FEF! (Are you taking a break now?)

      • 21 FictionFan December 19, 2013 at 17:18

        Yes – the blogosphere seems to have turned into an echoing void, so I thought I’d stop talking to myself before it became habit-forming… ;)

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:30

        Humphio! Didn’t know you thought the professor an echoing void. :mad:

      • 23 FictionFan December 20, 2013 at 13:31

        Haha! I wasn’t referring specifically to the Professor, whose chit-chat is always much appreciated! Are you not planning to have a break yourself over the holidays?

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2013 at 13:39

        :D Actually, yes. Today’s it. It’s been too much fun, FEF.

      • 25 FictionFan December 20, 2013 at 14:02

        It has indeed, dear C-W-W! You and the PL have been an unexpected benefit of blogging. :D

        Have a great break – and, as you Americans apparently say, ‘Missing you already!’

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2013 at 15:18

        Same to you! Never thought I’d make such good friends with a lady that lives so far away!

        :lol: We do? We could. I’m always out of the loop.

    • 27 Sonya Solomonovich December 19, 2013 at 19:38

      Thanks FictionFan. I’m taking a break from blogging too for a bit. See you in January!

  9. 28 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 15:04

    The skit was amusing. MM has to meddle with just about everything, doesn’t he? Nice accompaniment to the story. :D

    • 29 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 16:09

      He does! And thanks. I’m thinking about putting coal in MM’s stoking.

      • 30 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 16:50

        He’d probably love that and use it for some nefarious purposes…

      • 31 Jazzy Couldren December 19, 2013 at 17:53

        Hey, that’s what I was thinking, Sue… :}

  10. 32 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 15:01

    “Tyler can go from being civilized to wild (and vice versa) in a matter of seconds.” Tyler sounds like he may be part cat….

    It sounds like a lovely story, Sonya. I am currently charging my kindle and will go over to Amazon and get a copy of your story.

    • 33 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 16:09

      Or part professor…

      • 34 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 16:49

        Seriously?

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:26

        I’m not sure.

    • 36 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 16:49

      Download complete! Can’t wait.

      • 37 Sonya Solomonovich December 19, 2013 at 19:36

        Thanks, Susan! I hope you enjoy it :)

      • 38 Susan P December 19, 2013 at 21:00

        I think I will. Thanks Sonya.

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2013 at 23:26

        Susan, you’re great!


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