Friday, July 28, 2017

Andrea Kaczmarek ~ 2nd interview an her novel ~ There's a Stinky Goblin in the Shed

Andrea Kaczmarek

TITLE: There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
AUTHOR: Andrea Kaczmarek
CATEGORIES: Early Middle Grade/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1542805629
IMPRINT: Sunquills

Born in Wales. Teacher training in Weymouth - married with two grown up children - and now grandmother to three amazing and clever kids.

I was a Town Councillor for many years in Hamm with a great interest in integration and education. Today I still work on the Committee for Special Needs and I am Chair of the World of Reading - Lese Welt Hamm - bringing books and stories to children!

I still organise art and English projects at my old school  - great fun working with children from many different backgrounds.

Children who enjoy stories and reading have a good start in life! 



Q: Dress up or dress down?
A: Dress up and I love carnival parties of all kinds. I have a dressing up box, not only for my grandchildren, but I love it, too. But maybe you meant my little (not so little) black dress? Which I love too, and glam up with silk scarves -

Q: Dine in or dine out?
A: Both, but nothing beats a candlelight dinner with good wine and good food – in a favorite restaurant, or a home with friends.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee, but being British, I suppose it should be tea -

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: Love it – is that bad?


Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: Do other things, read, walk, cook – something exciting will pop into your head, eventually.

Q: Do you write longhand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
A: Straight into the computer, but a jumble of notes at first.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: I need the idea and the start, the rest will come with the writing, and often turn direction. But the basic storyline is mapped out at the start.

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: A bit of both.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: Sort of, but it could change. And with the Stinky Goblin story I had another ending, but it wasn’t really the end, more had to come.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: Oh yes, the Stinky Goblin story started out as a nice gentle goblin story. Two boys hiding a kind goblin in their den – oops, the goblin took over and wasn’t nice at all!

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: France, we love our holidays in France, the Mediterranean food, too.

Q: Which holiday celebrations do you like to incorporate into your stories and why?
A: I have written a story about Christmas, but sadly no publisher was keen – good story, they actually said, but limited market! Thanks for the idea, I’ll try a Halloween story maybe. I tried one out on my granddaughter at her last Halloween party, but all the 8 years-olds said it wasn’t scary enough. The four year old was scared!

Q: Generally speaking, is your work based on real life experience? If it's not would you want it to be?
A: There’s always something taken from real life, isn’t there.

Q: How long does it take you to create a novel?
A: About a year from beginning to end.

Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A: Yes, of course. But I read a lot of other things too.

Q: How does the man/woman in your life feel about the genre you write? Has he read any of your work?
A: My kids and grandchildren read my stories, and are fans. My husband reads murder stories.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
 A: I have just finished a story for younger children- Zola’s Spooky Specs-  here’s the blurb: How did Zola find those Spooky Specs? That’s easy, they found her. It was a party game and the girls all put on crazy hats and funny specs for mad photos. Except Zola – she ended up with big black ‘nerdy’ specs! But those specs turned out to be a bit spooky. Zola started finding lost things… Zola and her Spooky Specs always knew where to find things – and people are always losing things!
Until Zola decided to lose those Spooky Specs, why should she always help people to find things – they shouldn’t be so careless anyway. Until Zola lost something very special herself.
I am very pleased with it, but who knows?

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Maybe Zola’s Spooky Specs will be the next project, as I said, just finished, so it is too new to plan.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do. Here are the links. ~ If you would like this line to read another way – please fill it in.   


KEYWORDS: Fantasy, Adventure, Fun, Goblins, Monsters, Middle Grade, Magical

Looking after a goblin is not easy, ask the twins Jerry and Jacob who stumble across a lost goblin, and foolishly help him out. Hiding and feeding him are bad enough – but when his sister goblin turns up – the boys are in deep trouble again!

Jerry and Jacob clean out Gran’s old garden shed to make a den, but on their first late-night walk in the woods behind it, they come across a very strange, grubby little person and their problems begin. A small pile of rags that can talk! The boys want to run away fast, but they take pity on the strange creature. They promise to try and get it back to its own world – GoblinLand.

Hiding a goblin in their den is a full time job. But in the end they find out that Hob had upset an elf, could that be the clue they need? But if the twins think that helping out their grubby goblin friend is the end of the story – they are very very wrong! Once you have let one goblin into your life…..the goblin door has opened!

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