Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Julian Padowicz ~ character interview and his novel Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery

TITLE: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016
AUTHOR: Julian Padowicz
KEYWORDS: magic, fantasy, good witches, children’s books, middle-grade books, chapter books, magical grandmothers & godmothers
CATEGORIES: Children’s Stories/Magic/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1533167637
IMPRINT: Sunquills

Mrs. Parsley helps the likes of Santa and The Tooth Fairy in carrying out their duties. But, lacking their magic powers, she must improvise with the help of her magical cat.

Mrs. Parsley is a good-witch who, with the help of her magical cat, Laptop, substitutes for the likes of Santa, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, and the various Fairy Godmothers, when they have more work than they can handle. However, since she does not have the specialized magic powers that they possess, she is challenged to find creative ways to carry out these duties.


INTERVIEWER: So what is it, exactly, that you do, Mrs. Parsley?

Mrs. P: Well, I help The Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, or one of the Fairy Godmothers, when they are overloaded or dealing with a problem that can be better handled by someone like a witch.

INT: So you’re telling me that you’re a witch, Mrs. Parsley? Someone who kidnaps children and does terrible things to them?

Mrs. P: Oh, my goodness, no. I mean, yes I am a witch, but those evil things you imply are the result of the bum rap that highly imaginative writers like the Grimm brothers and Frank Baum, have given us. And then, of course, all those Hollywood people. Witches can be good or bad, just like anyone else. Don’t forget Glinda, the good witch in The Wizard of Oz.  Yes, I do travel on a broomstick, and I do have a magical cat, who makes it possible for us to turn invisible, but there’s nothing evil in that. As a matter of fact, the main reason why my cat and I always turn invisible when we fly is that, when we were first flying, you’d be surprised how many pilots almost flew into mountains and buildings, when they saw us. But that’s neither here nor there.

INT: All right, so, Mrs. Parsley, what kind of things can a witch handle better than, say, a Fairy Godmother?
Mrs. P: Well, to begin with, some of the Fairy Godmothers are quite young, you know, and, while they may be good at turning pumpkins into coaches, they don’t always understand what’s really behind some of the problems they encounter. So, sometimes, an older woman is in a better position to deal with the situation. As a witch, I can get around a little better than a non-witch.
INT: Yes, I can understand that, but now tell me why you dress the way you do. I mean, your floor length, orange skirt, the purple blouse, the red hat. I mean they don’t exactly go together, you know, and a person takes one look at you and realizes there’s something strange going on.

Mrs. P: Yes, that’s what people are always telling me. But, you see, I’m color blind, so, when I dress in the morning, I don’t always know what I’m putting on. But the long skirt does keep my ankles warm when I’m flying. And I tie my big floppy hat down with a scarf, and it keeps my ears nice and warm.

Julian Padowicz was seven years old and Jewish in Warsaw, Poland when WWII broke out. He and his mother made a dramatic escape from occupied Poland and the Holocaust over the Carpathian Mountains. His memoir of this experience, “Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw, 1939” was named Book of the Year for 2006. He has written three sequels, chronicling his odyssey to safety in America. In addition, he has written a series of humorous novels about a retired college professor, lightly modeled after himself.

Padowicz has served as a navigator in the United States Air Force, a documentary film script writer, and as president of BusinessFilm International, a documentary and educational film production company. He lives currently in Hampton, VA.

I have five adult children and nine grandchildren, ranging in age from four to sixty. I have read these stories to them in various groupings, at various times and found them to hold my listeners’ attention. While some elements of some of the stories are over the heads of the youngest children, the character of Mrs. Parsley holds their attention throughout.


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