Elizabeth Pulford is one of our great Kiwi authors. She has written books for all ages, from picture books to novels for children, young adults and adults. Elizabeth has two new books that have just been released, a picture book called Finding Monkey Moon and the first book in her fantastic new Bloodtree Chronicles series, Sanspell. You can read my review of Bloodtree Chronicles: Sanspell here on the blog.
I had a few questions about the Bloodtree Chronicles and Elizabeth has very kindly answered them for me. Read on to find out more about Elizabeth’s new series and her favourite story worlds.
- What inspired you to write the Bloodtree Chronicles?
It was more a case of resistance in the beginning. I was having time away from writing in the garden when into my head slipped the first line of Sanspell. I told it to go away and that I wasn’t interested. Then an hour or so later the same line, word for word, arrived. I ignored it. Later than evening it made another appearance so I wrote it down, not really interested. Two days later I found the piece of paper and typed it into the computer. As soon as I did that my curiosity was stirred and I started to ask questions, eg ‘whose mother’s dress was it?’ It went on from there until the idea caught me completely and wouldn’t let me go.
- In Sanspell, Abigail gets transported into the Silvering Kingdom, a magical place made of stories. If you could be transported into a story, which one would you choose?
Definitely the Robin Hood stories. I would love to be in his gang and living in Sherwood Forest.
- What sort of character would you be in the Silvering Kingdom?
Zezmena. I always think villains are so interesting. What makes them behave the way they do? What makes them tick? Trying to find the one redeeming quality that they keep hidden beneath all their evil deeds.
- What is your favourite fantasy world?
The Magic Faraway Tree world created by Enid Blyton. Growing up there was an old apple tree in our garden. I kept wishing for this to be the same as the Faraway Tree and that Moonface would appear. Sadly it never happened!
- In the next two books in the Bloodtree Chronicles you take us to Bragonsthyme and Thatchthorpe. Can you give us a taste of what Abigail might find in these stories?
The Bragonsthyme’s story is frozen. To be a proper fairy story it needs to have a happy ending, otherwise it cannot help the Bloodtree to heal. It is up to Abigail / Spindale (with help from Flint and Bramble) to find its ending.
In Thatchthorpe the King of Silvering Kingdom dies. Rackenard sees his chance to rule, thereby putting the Bloodtree at a greater risk than it has ever been. The only way to stop this happening is finding the two parts of the magical code, which will reveal to the people of the kingdom who is the true king.