(Author Interview) Stones for my Father (part 1)

Today I am honored to have the chance to interview Trilby Kent the young adult author of Medina Hill and her newest ya book Stones for my Father. Come back tomorrow for my review of this book.

About the author:
Trilby was born in Toro
nto and grew up in London, Miami and Boston. A graduate of Oxford University and the LSE, she has worked as a rare books specialist at a leading auction house, a freelance journalist contributing investigative, arts and feature writing to the Canadian national press and publications in America and Europe, an academic editor, and a creative writing tutor with one of the UK’s leading distance learning schools.

Trilby, I just wanted to say that I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your very busy schedule to sit down and answer my questions. Thank you so much.

Cindy: Having lived in Canada and now in the UK, what is the one thing you
miss about Canada?

Trilby: My family.

Cindy: What was the inspiration behind Stones for my Father?

Trilby: The remarkable and heartbreaking story of the Anglo-Boer War, and the people on all sides who were touched by it (including some of my own ancestors).

Cindy: For a reader reading Stones For my Father, what one thing would
they be surprised to discover?

Trilby: That the depth of inter-racial/linguistic/cultural tensions in South Africa go back far beyond the institutionalization of apartheid in 1948.

Cindy: When you’re not writing what else do you like to do?

Trilby: Read; hang out in museums; watch movies; shoot hoops. I’ll also admit to a fair amount of procrastinating online…

Cindy: I wish I would have asked what are you reading right now but I didn’t get the chance perhaps if you read this you could let us know. I think we all do alot of procrastinating online at least i know I do. LOL If you main character, Corlie, had a theme song what would it be and why?

Trilby: That’s an interesting one! I guess ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones is a little obvious. Likewise ‘Imagine’. A less anachronistic choice might be ‘Sarie Marais’, which is a song from the period. It’s all about the Boers’ fear of being sent into exile abroad and a yearning to return to ‘the old Transvaal’.

Cindy: I am not sure if this is the right song but I hope it is:

Thanks again Trilby. Check back tomorrow for my review of Stones for my Father.

A huge Thank you to Trilby for sending me this link for the above version of the song.

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