1. What inspired you
to write this book?
 My love for the written word, its very origins
and the importance of imagination 
 

1.     
What exactly is it about and who is
it written for?
 It’s a middle-grade fantasy novel, although
it’s been well received by many adult readers, so I think in a broader sense
it’s for lovers of fantasy, books and libraries. 
 

Here’s the teaser for
the book: 
 

If you were about to
embark on an epic adventure where would you go?
Do you possess similar magical powers as our warlock hero does? Read this
middle-grade fantasy adventure brimming with mythological creatures, wizards,
magicians and stories of ancient Middle East civilizations, to find out.

Follow a 12-year old mage with powers to invent new words and create new
worlds, on a high-stakes quest to save his father and beloved grandma. They are
captured by a dark, word-feeding creature in the magical realm of Mesopo, a
mystical land where stories are born. In this story of magic realism, time is
at the essence since Mesopo’s word count is slowly diminishing as its citizens
are dying. The hourglass is nearly empty. Will our hero’s converted power be sufficient to save his land and his family,
or will they be lost forever? Meet the fantastical world of Mesopo packed with heart-pounding peril,
mysterious atmosphere, intriguing scribes, princes, magicians, storm-birds and
creepy River People… and be sure to discover your own magical powers. 

3. What do you hope
readers will get out of reading your book?
 I hope the book
will help them  discover their own powers, namely their own power of
imagination and their love of reading and writing.
 

4. How did you decide
on your book’s title and cover design?
 Mesopo is short for Mesopotamia,
the place where the written word originated in cuneiform and clay tablets. The
book is loosely based on Mesopotamian mythology. 
As for the cover
design, I saw some of Ingrid Kallick’s earlier illustrations which I absolutely
loved and asked her if she would be willing to do the cover design and
illustrations.
 

5. What advice or words
of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?
 Write. Write.
Write. Write every day, even if it’s just 15 minutes or half an hour, but
write.
 

6.
What trends in the book world do you see — and where do you think the book
publishing industry is heading? 
Books and reading are
paramount to our personal development and mental wellbeing, so even if sales of
children’s books were down last year, children’s books will always be a
fundamental building block in the development of a child’s mind and soul. 
It’s like the stock market, it has its ups and downs, but it’s the long-term
investment that counts.
 

7. Were there
experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when
writing this book?
 I
love magical realism, even as a child I loved authors like Michael Ende, and
Gabriel García Marquez is one of my all-time favorite authors. 
 

8. How would you
describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?
 It has been
described as original and even metaphysical, yet well-grounded in the whimsical
adventures of a boy who loves words. 
 

9. What challenges did
you overcome in the writing of this book?
 The biggest challenge is always to
keep writing, to consciously make space for your own writing and to put your
to-do list aside for a while.
 

10. If people can buy
or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
 It’s a book that
will hopefully encourage the reader to discover their own powers, the impact of
their own words and the freedom their own imagination can convey to them.
 

About The Author: Eva Dietrich is the
author of The Great Rainbow Hug (Le gros câlin arc-en-ciel, from Samir Editeur,
2011), recognized by La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants in 2011 as their annual
selection. Eva holds Masters’ Degrees in Children’s Literature from the University
of Surrey, London and Creative Writing from the Metropolitan University of
Manchester, UK, and is the founder and director of Aladdin Books. She is equal
parts Spanish and German, and currently resides in Madrid with her three kids,
her dog, three cats, and lots of hens. Doe more information, please see: www.evadietrich.org
 

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