I was honored to be hosted by Mercedes Fox in an interview about my newest novel "Allerleirauh."
Here's a little clip of some of the questions and answers!
Tell me Chantal why do you write? I write because I was born to, simply. I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. Writing became a fateful discovery in second grade, and seemed to always follow me in either a book or empty notebook. I’ve been writing ever since. I write became it brings me happiness, and it’s a way for me to express myself. I hope to someday inspire someone the way the authors before me inspired me. There were times in my life, my only friends were my books – I know how important great characters and great stories can be, and I’d love to follow in those footsteps! Writing is a very personal thing for me.What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? For “Allerleirauh,” it was after I had finished “Seven Seeds of Summer,” I really missed writing and I was facing this ‘now what?’ phase. I’ve always had this story stored away – kind of waiting for the right time to be told. I had been inspired by a friend, and by the fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers. I was telling her about the story, and we started talking about some experiences in her own life that seemed to relate. I instantly wanted to write a novel that would help survivors like her – to give hope to readers. As a writer, I’ve always had the dream to write a novel. I can remember making a bucket list at 14 – with simply, silly things. “Watch a Sunset and Sunrise.” “Get a Boyfriend,” “Write a novel and publish it.” (I’d say so far, I’ve succeeded in all of these.) But at Susquehanna University, I took a novel class and I started to write “Seven Seeds of Summer,” and continued on with it out of pure determination.Do you write full-time or part-time? Sadly, only part time. I’d love to someday make this a full time thing. I write whenever I can. If I can manage on a lunch break, or late into the night, I’ll do it. But not exactly everyday – or in a routine. It can sometimes be sporadic.