An Interview with Valerie Valerian

An Interview with Valerie Valerian

Valerie arrived for her interview riding her Sound albatross, Pegasus. She looked like a fairy riding a kite with the giant sun swimming in the lagoon-sky behind her. She led me to the stunning Orphanage dining hall. I noticed that dark circles engulfed Valerie’s enormous blue eyes, as if trying to drown them out. And she looked as pale and see-through as the fairies fluttering their icy wings above her, under the watery ceiling of the glittering hall. But Valerie’s wild, cropped hair was more like a fawn’s than a fairy’s.

“Tells us who you are?” I began.

Valerie smiled and lowered her eyes shyly. “I’m the niece of Victor Valerian. I grew up in the palace. My life was wonderful until four months ago. Then everything changed… If you ask me what my favorite color is, I’ll tell you it is the color of my mother’s ring.”

“Why is everyone in the dining hall staring at you?”

“Because I adopted a Sound as a pet. Sounds and Echoes aren’t supposed to mix. But what would be the point of adopting an Echo albatross? I couldn’t fly on it. I’d be too heavy. Besides, Pegasus is the best thing that happened to me here at the Orphanage of Castaway Children. I don’t know what I’d do if he died…”

“Do you think the Prince’s Sound is hiding at the Orphanage?”

“If I did, I wouldn’t tell you, would I? If he’s hiding what would be the point of getting the information out there? Besides, why should a Sound have to die just because someone’s trying to kill his Echo? It’s not like that everywhere. I know it isn’t. There’s a place… a fairytale land where Echoes and Sounds live in harmony.”

“What’s your favorite place in the Echo realm?”

“My very most favorite place is a terrible place. I like it because the diamonds, rubies and sapphires look so beautiful, trapped in the ice. Especially when I’m flying over the frozen lake. But then I see the faces… the faces of the dead trapped under the ice… looking back at me as if through a window leading into a realm of horror. The Lake of Eternal Ice is the worst and best place in the world.”

“What would you like to get for your birthday?”

“A Crystillery. I’ve always dreamed of owning a Crystillery. I’ve never even seen one. But Will Cleary has one. Maybe one day he’ll show me what I want to see most…”

“Now that Sounds will be learning about the Echo realm for the first time, what do you want them to know about your world?”

“That it’s not a copy of anything they’ve ever seen before. It’s a brand new place, and there are dangers here but also friendships and adventures and riddles to solve. I welcome the Sounds. Come and discover what Echoes are all about.”

About the Book:

Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law—no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince’s Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting. And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

The Sound and the Echoes Author Information:
Dew Pellucid is the pen-name of Tal Boldo. Ms. Boldo is a freelance writer on Yahoo! Finance among other sites. Her short story, Vera Icon, won first place in Spider Thief Publication’s anthology competition (out of print). The Sound and the Echoes is her debut young adult novel, self-published as an e-book and paperback.
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Dew Pellucid first started writing books so he might have something new to read. Indeed, of the million books at the Orphanage of Castaway Children, there isn't one his watery eyes had not perused; this taking place in less than a decade.
But now, as this old Echo draws near his one-hundredth birthday, his hunt for a good story is only rivaled by his everlasting quest after Cold Fire Mushrooms. For it was as he scrapped the bottom of his crystal ball mushroom container that Dew Pellucid first heard of Fredrick Fingeldy.
Then strange events began to happen in his beloved library. And watching faithfully down every corridor, every garden path, Dew Pellucid witnessed a wonderful story, happening there, right before his eyes (his many Eyes). And, best of all, even he had a part to play in the unfolding tale, which he set down at last in the pages of a book.
"I will make you famous!" he promised the Prince's Sound. And so he has.
The Sound and the Echoes

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  1. What a beautiful blog! It was such a pleasure creating this character interview!


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