I’m happy to have Kate Foster here answering my questions about her new book, Winell Road. Before I leap into the relevant questions, here’s a take a look at her MG Sci-Fi Winell Road. Twelve seasons old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world’s weirdest neighbors. Like freakishly weird. Also to top it off, he lives with Mum (nosy, interfering, a hideous cook) and Dad (unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window). Overall, it’s a boring, humiliating, dead-end spot to live.
So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a detailed shave with a UFO is the very last thing he expects. But the fact it generally does not abduct him, and that nobody else – not Mum – views the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the road, add a whole new level of strange. After Soon, an alien encounter threatens Jack’s life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission.
With the help of his new neighbor, tall Roxy Fox frighteningly, he discovers Winell Road is concealing secrets – secrets Jack might wish he’d never uncovered. First of all, I simply want to state that I must say I appreciated Winell Road. A. MA. ZING. Congratulations on getting such the perfect publication out into the world! Where on earth did you find the inspiration to write a whole story so full of adventure? Thank you a lot! I will get a buzz from getting positive feedback about Winell Road always. I was a long time in labor with it!
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The full-on action just occurred that way, to be honest! I prepared for it to be fairly fast-paced certainly. I enjoyed learning more about all the aliens particularly, and I had been amazed that you developed so many great names to them. How do you go about coming up with so many different types? The aliens came from worldwide with a lot of imagination tossed in.
For example, the Go’Draughts are structured loosely on the movie from Easter Island. I’ve a desire for ancient creations like these and I’m convinced a lot of them were left here at aliens; it’s the only summary my brain involves. I also adore etymology, and all the alien titles are jigsaw puzzles of old words, all nouns and adjectives associated with that particular alien.
Sounds like I visited a lot of trouble, and I did so, but all in the true name of fun! I love the type Roxy Fox and I kind of thought that eventually Jack and Roxy would make a good pairing. Do you think they’d take that leap when they’re a bit older ever? I couldn’t possible divulge any information about Jack and Roxy’s future.
Goodness no. I mean, they’re only twelve and thirteen respectively, far too young for any of this funny business. But there’s an absolute attraction. The ending blew me away-I didn’t see it arriving! When you published the written book, were you aware that it would end that way? Without giving much away too, of course! Yes. The stopping was the first scene I plotted and wrote. It had been all based around a scene in one of my favorite movies (True Lies) that still gives me goosebumps even though I’ve watched it 100 times. The rest of the story spread root base following that.
I love Jack’s adventurous side but what I came across clever was how you created him to be brave especially, a bit scared at the same time yet. Was this a hard facet of the book to create? Never. Jack is an assortment of two of my sons.
They both summon courage when they want it, but are always a little apprehensive. They sit, and observe back, take it all in, consider whether they should become involved or not. And I really like them for this. These are all such endearing qualities in boys. So many of their male school friends have been over-confident, speaking and performing without thinking first, and so very sure of themselves. I’m not saying these are always bad traits, but because kids like my son’s don’t immediately leap out from the crowd, doesn’t mean they’re not special or fearless.