Saturday, August 20, 2011

Interview with Vered Ehsani

What is Diary of a Part-Time Ghost about?Ash has to get his body back, save his ancestor, return to the 21st century, and still do his homework.  In the first book of the ‘Ghost & Shadows’ series, fifteen-year old Ash wants nothing more than to be a normal kid and avoid trouble. And then his birthday gift transforms him into a ghost and zaps him back in time to the beginning of the American Revolution, where he must rescue his ancestor from one danger after another, including an implacable enemy who controls the very shadows. What starts out as a brief experiment in time travel rapidly changes into a race for his very survival, and Ash is running out of time.

Where did you get the idea for your book?I wanted to write something for teen readers that would be a fun adventure with a character who wants to do the right thing but isn’t always sure he wants the hassle that comes with that. Ash, the main character, appeared in my mind one day while we were visiting family in Vancouver. I was standing in my mother-in-law’s living room, trying to round up my kids so we could go out somewhere. And then, in between chasing after them, Ash and the basic structure of this book popped into my mind. I immediately liked Ash. He’s just trying to be a normal kid and he would prefer if the world would just leave him alone. Unfortunately for him, the world has other ideas!
How did you come up with the title?I wanted the personal narrative aspect of the story reflected in the title (hence ‘Diary’ which sounded better than ‘Blog’). The ‘part time ghost’ was based on a comment made by Ash.

Who designed the cover? Createspace

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?No, but Ash does!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?I was 7 or 8. It was a short story about a unicorn.

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?An unknown actor of South Asian background

Do you plan on writing sequels?Yes! I’m already working on them.

How long did it take you to complete Diary of a Part-Time Ghost?Hard to say, as I wrote it in between working and raising 2 kids.

What is your favorite book?One of my favourites is the entire Narnia series.

About Vered Ehsani: I’m South African, living in Kenya. More details on my website! Thanks.

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Twitter: @VeredEhsani

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