Interview with A.J. York author of Delilah Dusticle
1 - What inspired you to write?
The inspiration behind Delilah Dusticle and writing her story came to me after an unsuccessful cleaning session. We were moving out of a beautiful old flat in the centre of Gothenburg, Sweden and I was tackling the floor to ceiling bookshelves. Within minutes I had more dust on me than on the duster and then I broke the hoover! The flat had a room off the kitchen which would have been the maid’s room. My mind kept wondering over to who she might have been and what special skills she had for dusting. Delilah’s tale then started to play out in my head and I just felt compelled to write it down.
Writing is quite a new thing for me. Many authors say that they have always known that they wanted to be a writer. I have always been envious of people who have that kind of clarity from such a young age. When I was young I can recall wanting to be so many things, such as a superhero or a dancer. I have always loved characters and story telling and that is perhaps why I studied drama at university. This was a good thing as I cannot dance and unfortunately do not have superhero powers.
2 - What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?
The freedom to be creative is an absolute joy for me. I have worked previously in project management and I have been looking out for a creative project that I could manage. It has been a great experience having the role of publicist as well as writer. It has also been very exciting connecting with book lovers and book blogs from around the world.
3 - What can you tell us about your book?
Well, this is the first in a series and a short story introducing Delilah and her special power over dust. Even though Delilah Dusticle is aimed at a young audience, adults have enjoyed reading it too. It is a very family friendly story and has been described as charming, heart-warming and funny.
4 - Who would you say is the hardest character to write about and why?
I find every character a challenge and I start by writing a backstory for each of them, which I add to over time. This really helps me when I am deciding on the characters motives and reactions. One of the biggest challenges I had in the first story was the vulnerability of Delilah. She needed to show enough to make the reader care, but not too much or the reader may find her a bit wimpy. In the second instalment Delilah is dealing with questions around identity and I am spending a lot time reflecting on how this would manifest in her character.
5 - Is there a book you could read over and over again and never grow tired of it?
I loved Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. It is a coming of age book that asks the bigger questions about life through philosophy. There is great part about the fur of a rabbit and how we all start on the tip of the fur asking the bigger questions, but as we grow older we go further into the fur to snuggle down. Every three or so years I reread this book and remind myself about being at the tip of the fur.
6 - Is there anything else you would like your readers to know about you or your book?
Yes! It is American National Children’s Book Week, 13th -19th May and to celebrate Delilah Dusticle is free to download Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May via Amazon. Download, download, download and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy :0)
About The Author:
About me? Well I grew up in the UK, but was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. My childhood influences were a mix of Pippi Longstocking and The Flumps. I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Masters degree from Goldsmiths. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg, where I am writing the Delilah Dusticle series. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!
Let me introduce Grumpy Stone. I found him on a beach in my home town in Essex, England. Grumpy has become my writing mascot.