Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett. I am super excited to be bringing you an exclusive author interview with Harriett and to be sharing her fascinating book with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do. Firstly, thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for inviting me to join this tour and thank you to Harriet for answering my questions today, it’s was such a pleasure!
Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett
Thirteen-year-old Rainbow discovers she can communicate with trees.
But that’s just the beginning. Her magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences. An accident that leaves Rainbow unconscious leads her mother to make a confession that will change Rainbow’s life forever. Are her abilities a gift or a curse? Can Rainbow really trust her mother? From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known.
To find the truth, she must also find herself.
Hi Harriet, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Hi there, and thanks for inviting me. I suppose my five would be: simple, optimistic, perceptive, pensive and quiet.
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
Sure. Tree Magic is a story about a teenager called Rainbow, who discovers she can communicate with trees. She has to decide what to do about her unique gift – which alienates her from her peers – and in doing so must face tragedy and a move to a foreign country (France). I’m told it’s quite philosophical.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I like running and cycling, reading and watching films. Running is great for solving character and plot problems. I nearly always come back from a run with an idea for how to tackle a scene. Of course, my friends don’t believe me when I say I’m working as I run.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In the Pyrenees mountains, in France. I love the way mountains change with the seasons. I love their silence, the sheer size of them and the way they seem to beckon me to explore them.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?
It’s my dream for one of my books to be adapted for film. I wouldn’t care who played the roles or which book it was: I’d just love to see the actors becoming the characters that were born from my imagination. It would be interesting to see the changes the director made too.
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I do a bit of both. I like to plot the overall arc and the sequences, but I leave the scene-plotting and character development until I’m actually writing. If a book is too tightly plotted during the first draft, it takes away the fun of seeing characters making unexpected choices.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Firstly, learn all about the craft of writing but don’t try to apply all the rules, only those that seem right to you. I’d also suggest that it’s essential to make headspace to write regularly – that’s much more important than having a place to write in. And, finally, don’t be put off by empty pages. i have a post-it on my laptop reminding me that bad writing can be edited, but that an empty page can’t.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
I’d love to meet Rob Macfarlane, since he’s into nature, mountains and writing. And Greta Thunberg, because I believe she’s key to the planet’s future. My third choice would be either someone to help me cook or someone to make me laugh.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
I wish I could say it was lettuce. But I’m a sucker for Cadbury’s chocolate.
Thank you, Harriet, for chatting with me today! x
About the Author
Harriet Springbett’s childhood on a small farm in West Dorset gave her an early exposure to nature, which continues to inspire her writing.
She qualified as an engineer but, during a Raleigh International expedition in Chile, she realised she preferred words to numbers. She abandoned her profession, moved to France, studied French and then worked as a project manager, feature writer, translator and TEFL teacher. She now lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and their teenage children.
Since her first literary success, aged 10, her short stories and poetry have been published in literary journals and placed in writing competitions, including a shortlisting in the 2017 Bath Short Story Award.
Harriet leads writing workshops, has judged the Segora international short story competition and blogs at https://harrietspringbett.wordpress.com