March 28, 2016
Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
by Janet Fox
presented by Penguin Random House!
We are so excited to have Janet on the blog today for a quick Q&A.
We’re also revealing a video for The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle!
Something is not right at Rookskill Castle, a rundown Scottish manor shrouded in mystery. The castle is a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz, but soon it’s clear there is something terribly wrong. There are clues hinting that a spy is in the house, and there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic. When the children in the castle’s temporary boarding school begin disappearing one by one, it’s a race against the clock for twelve-year-old Kat Bateson, her two younger siblings, and their new best friend.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Hey, thank you for having me! This is almost the last stop on my CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE tour. I’ve answered a ton of questions, so if you feel like I’m missing something here, it might be back there.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Practical Kat, trapped in a creepy Scottish castle in World War 2, must save 12 children from monsters and spies by finding the right magic. (140, on the nose!)
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
A lot of my stories are inspired by dreams, quite literally. But this one was inspired by a picture that I saw on the internet. Which just goes to show that wasting time on Facebook isn’t always wasting time.
Tell us about the main character(s).
English girl Kat Bateson is practical, a math whiz, and loves puzzles and her dad. She feels responsible for her brother and sister, Robbie and Amelie, which is why when things go wrong in Rookskill Castle, Kat fears for them all. She makes a best friend in Peter, an American boy. I can’t say anything about the antagonist because that might spoil things – but I will say it’s a monster. And a pretty creepy monster at that.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
My favorite quote is this: “Hearts are about love, are they not? Hearts could be full and could be broken, hearts could be given and could be taken, could be found and could be lost…Will the gift of a heart…be a gift of love?”
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The middle of a novel is always the hardest for me to write. I usually know the beginnings and endings of a novel right away – it’s almost as if I have to know what will happen at those two points. But the middle is like a maze. I could go in this direction…or in that. I might run into a dead end, or I might get turned around. I have to find my way through the middle of any story, while keeping the tension high and the character true. When the middle is right, I am always so relieved.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’ve got lots of irons in the fire but none are blazing quite yet. I have two YA novels (one being shopped, and the other in final draft); I have a picture book being shopped; I have a middle grade novel in final draft. And I’m working on a possible sequel to CHARMED CHILDREN.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you! It’s lovely to be here and I hope you’ll have me over again!