Galaxy Craze is an actress as well as an author. Her latest book, The Last Princess, is in stores now. Galaxy dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her post-apocalyptic tale, and she brought a present! She brought a copy of The Last Princess for one of you to win, so after the interview, enter for your chance to take this book home!
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Last Princess?
[Galaxy Craze] The Last Princess is a super fast-paced action-adventure YA book (for readers age 12 and up). It centers on sixteen-year-old Eliza Windsor’s (the youngest daughter of the King and Queen of England’s) fight to find her brother and sister and avenge her parents’ death.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Galaxy Craze] I worked closely with Joelle Hobeika, my editor at Alloy. They asked me to write this book and when I met with them they already had the title but our idea of the story changed a lot over time.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Galaxy Craze] I don’t know if all writers feel this but the constant self doubt running through my head. I hear myself say "Why bother, there are enough books," or just the mantra of "I can’t do this!" That’s the hardest part—getting over the doubt.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Eliza?
[Galaxy Craze] Determined, passionate, and loyal.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Eliza’s single more prized possession?
[Galaxy Craze] Well, I guess a horse isn’t really a possession but I’ll have to say her amazing courageous horse Caligula.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Galaxy Craze] To be honest I’m struggling now with finding the focus and inspiration. When I became a mother, instead of seeing the beauty in things, now I see the danger. I used to get a lot of inspiration from nature but the last time I was at the beach with my children I was constantly on guard, looking at the ocean in a suspicious and fearful way I never had before.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Galaxy Craze] Strong English black tea ( I used to drink with whole milk but now I use soy milk), a pen or pencil, and paper. Oh and of course the ever elusive FOCUS.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Galaxy Craze] More than long fancy sentences and words I have to look up in the dictionary, what I look for in a writer, is clear picture. This is why I love Jean Ryhs author of The Wide Sargasso Sea. Her concise and simple prose create a clear picture and unbreakable atmosphere. Lines, moments and vision ring clear and true in her novels.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Galaxy Craze] Charlotte’s Web. I remember sleeping over at a friend house in the English country side and crying into the pillow so I wouldn’t wake anyone.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Galaxy Craze] I like to run or take a really faced past Yoga class (I’m not sure I LIKE either but it’s good for generally feeling better physically and mentally). Of course I have to say I LOVE spending time with my angelic children :). But mostly I love hanging out with my girlfriends (I still have the same group from high school and college) we talk about everything and we always end up laughing and having fun. I read somewhere that women need to talk to other women to be happy. And it’s true! And men need to lie around. And that is so true!
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Galaxy Craze] I love talking to students and aspiring writers. I believe if someone wants to write they should give it a try. Sometimes all someone needs is a little encouragement.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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