Interview with Author Bigi Stotzka by Tarak Ghosh
1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
No, it´s all a part of my fantasy, nothing here has anything to do with real life.
2. Do you hear from your readers much about “The Road to Askabet”? What kinds of things do they say?
Everyone that read it found it to be good, the way the children get along with each other, the friendship.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Germany but was lucky to have spent my school years in Australia. My parents and a large part of my family live there. I have a beautiful niece Jacquie Underdown, a talented author of paranormal romance novels. I have two wonderful children and an amazing granddaughter. They are the highlight of my life. I am soon to be divorced. I know live in Krefeld, North Rhein Westfalen with my two cats, Coco and Charlie. I have decided to take on a new challenge with NaNaWriMo. To write another book in 30 days. 50 000 words in 30 days. I have done it and won twice.
4. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I use my ipad to make notes, names, places, every now and then, I go back to check on things and to add anything if needed.
5. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is what the reader makes of it. If the story is capable of kidnapping the reader into a world outside of his or her own, where he or she can pretend to be what they can never be.
6. Your life is larger than a novel. What realization made you determined to take challenges? (you may answer or not.
7. What is the secret behind writing the “The Road to Askabet”?
The Road to Askabet was the absolute first book I have ever written. The secret behind this book? If I told everyone it wouldn´t be a secret any more…lol.
8. Who is your favorite character from your book and why? What does she/he do that is so special?
My favourite Character in this book The Road Even though her life was never easy, she never let it get to her, she remained strong and always ready to help anyone less fortunate than she.
She loves her friends and her animal friend. She is headstrong and always manages to get her will.
9. You’re a writer, a great cook, a creative designer. What impresses you more?
I´m impressed by a lot of things and a lot of people. People who churn out books and products and they get people´s attention. Impresses be people who master their lives and get things done. I still have a lot to learn but I am willing.
10. Give us an insight into your main characters of your novels
Mianda, Cedric and Lily are the main characters. Mianda, born without a silver spoon in her mouth. Cedric and Lily are normal kids but they take Mianda under their wings and help her adjust to her new life. They take part in many an exciting adventure in Askabet. Askabet, a magical school in a magical valley, a valley that offers a new adventure every day. A place where safety is guaranteed, a place where children of all creeds and cultures may grow up to be great adults.
11. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I love writing, using my imagination to get people to use theirs, to escape their daily routines and problems, even if it is for just a few precious moments. I really would love for people of all ages to read what I truly love to write.
12. Do you think the new age children are moving away from reading storybooks? If yes, what are the causes behind it and what’s the way out?
I certainly hope not, reading a good book is almost as important as breathing. I suppose, if that were the case, the reason would be real life. Parents who don´t have or take the time to read to the little ones, a bed time story, a story to wake the fantasy in a child. As I child I used to read everything I could get my hands on In one of the schools I joined a club in the library and was able to buy books for a good price. I think my private library was quite impressive.
13. How did you choose the genre you write in?
Hmm, I don´t think I chose this genre, I think it chose me. As a child I´d read everything I could get my hands on, Science fiction, fantasy, western. I got stuck with Science Fiction/Fantasy.
14. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
To tell the thruth, I have no favourite Author. If that were so, I would definitely choose my niece Jacquie Underdown, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne and a few others. And me of course..lol.
15. Tell us a little bit about your cover art.
I work with Paint Shop Pro 6 and I get my images from a site for Public Domain Images. These images may be used for whatever purpose one wishes. I have used that program now for several years, have been is several internet groups and have even written tutorials on how to create one´s own artwork. I love using my fantasy for this as well.
16. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Oh yes, I absolutely love Mianda. She is my first character and she is someone I would love to to work with again. I might just do that later.
17. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I still have a couple of books just waiting to be edited and published. If all goes well, they will be published by the end of the year.
The Lost City of Atlantis