Monday, May 18, 2015
Interview with Ness Kingsley
Hi Sarah! I go by the name of Ness Kingsley, and surprisingly enough the ‘Ness’ isn’t inspired by the Loch Ness Monster. I’m English, medium height and suffer from a propensity to day dream excessively.
Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
The freedom. I was once asked how my family ‘did’ homeschooling and I replied with ‘freestyle’. We kept an allotment and would trudge up the road and through the park to keep our vegetables watered and weeded. My mother almost stepped on a hedgehog once, my brothers and I would actively engage in capturing crickets (the poor things) and on one memorable occasion we decided to become clay minors and dug a ‘mine’.
How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
It gave me time and freedom to read and write. I read literally anything that was on our shelves. (I once turned a little green hardback book on insects into a Pride and Prejudice type-novel).
What caused you to start writing?
I can’t quite remember what it was - I remember various occasions of writing a story and proudly showing my chicken scrawl to my parents. I suppose I’ve always had a leaning towards stories - telling them with duplo and playmobile and progressing to paper.
What inspired Our Intrepid Heroine?
A young friend of mine saw some stories that I had written for my youngest brother, naturally, she wanted one too. And so I started writing about a young heroine. Suddenly she had a unicorn and was off to fight a dragon (as you do!).
Would you give us a synopsis?
There are three things that you really ought to know about our Intrepid Heroine: Firstly, she cannot pronounce 'felicitations'. Secondly, a unicorn is following her about. Thirdly, she's on her way to kill a dragon.
A dragon that has killed an entire flock of her father’s sheep, three goats and one pig.
And a frog.
Throw in a command from a King, a knight (or two), and a mysterious Hooded Person of Unknown Gender and this dragon had better watch his scales.
Who will enjoy Our Intrepid Heroine?
Anyone who doesn’t mind reading something a little tongue-in-cheek. It’s an adventure, not very long (ninety four pages, or so Amazon tells me) and quite light-hearted.
The main character is quite sensible and matter-of-fact and I greatly enjoyed surrounding her with off-beat and nutty characters,
Do you plan to write more books?
Oh yes. I’ve got a trilogy in the works - and am writing a sequel to Our Intrepid Heroine because I so enjoyed writing the first one.
Where can people connect with you online?
My blog: https://nesskingsley.wordpress.com/
My twitter: https://twitter.com/nesskingsley