Welcome to today’s stop on The Forest of Lost Souls blog tour, volume 2 in the immensely popular French YA series Oksa Pollock. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors, Anne Plichota when she was last in London and got to film my interview with her! Enjoy!
Guest Post from Cendrine Wolf
Visiting Stonehenge and Edinburgh Book Festival
The day before leaving for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I went to Stonehenge. I have wanted to see Stonehenge for years. The stone circle is located on a gently rolling plain a few minutes by road from Salisbury. There are no houses anywhere to be seen, just fields of sheep, woods, and especially tumuli, those prehistoric tombs in which great lords and their families were ceremoniously buried. You can see them even before arriving at Stonehenge, they are all over the plain.
In short, this site is a wonder of engineering for its time, since the majority of the constructions, including those in stone, date back to a period when tools were not yet made of metal and when the wheel had not been invented.
Then, I set course for Edinburgh and its unique, spellbinding, medieval atmosphere. I found it very pleasant to meander aimlessly through its streets on foot. A few minutes from the popular Princes Street, the panorama from Carlton Hill is spectacular: in front of you are the city and the castle, the sea extends to the horizon, and it’s all framed by green hills. I immediately felt and understood how much this setting must have inspired authors.
The book festival was incredible! The writers were welcomed in a huge yurt tent, it was like being in a Harry Potter film. The tent seemed very small from the outside, but gigantic when you got inside it. There were wood-burning stoves, tartan sofas, and even Scottish stew for anyone feeling peckish. There were quite a few people at my talk, children and adolescents in particular. It was great to discuss the book with everyone and to answer all their questions. It’s important for writers to come face to face with their readers. We write for them, not for ourselves!
The day after, I visited a school in Edinburgh (Holy Rood Secondary School). I spent an excellent day talking about Oksa Pollock with the pupils, who were very thoughtful and inquisitive. It was a special experience. One thing’s for sure: next year, I’ll be going back there.
About The Heart of Two Worlds
Release: 9 October 2014
Publisher: Pushkin Childrens’ Books
Pollockmania in the UK is set to skyrocket with the much-anticipated arrival of the compelling third instalment in this epic series, THE HEART OF TWO WORLDS. Oksa and her family’s lives are about to change forever…
The earth is in turmoil. Fleeing a flooded London, Oksa and her family, along with the Runaways, head off in search of the entrance portal of Edefia, their magical home. It is the only chance for them to resolve the chaos on earth and the mounting troubles in their homeland.
To get there, Oksa is forced to ally herself with the treacherous felons, mortal enemies who could betray her at any moment. Luckily for Oksa she has the support of her family and friends who also posses some invaluable strengths: Pavel her shape-shifting father; Gus and Tudgual, the two love rivals who care for Oksa deeply; and of course her formidable grandmother, Dragomira, and her menagerie of Edefian creatures.
But little does Oksa know that she has to endure some terrifying dangers in order to reach the portal and will have to pay a terrible price to enter the hidden world… And what will await her on the other side?
About Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf
Anne Plichota studied Chinese language and culture. She spent several years living and working in China and Korea. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse, a public letter writer and, most recently, a librarian. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter.
Cendrine Wolf studied sports, specialising in judo and rock climbing, and worked with violent teenagers in deprived neighbourhoods, eventually going on to teach herself illustration, an interest she discovered late in life. She lives in Strasbourg.