BA: What was your inspiration for writing Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes?
PHC: As a young teen, I moved with my family from Brazil to Austria. I remember very well the sense of excitement I felt upon learning that I'd be going to an unknown place, where the culture, the language, and even the climate were completely different. I really did think I was embarking on a great adventure, and it's those feelings I drew on when I wrote Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes. I wanted to convey the sense of boundless potential and achievement that characterizes this period in our lives, but I wanted to do so within the genre of fantasy/sci-fi, which I have always loved. So I came up with the world of Miriax, which combines elements of the different countries and cultures I experienced growing up.
BA: What was your favorite book when you were Shelby and Shauna's age?
PHC: Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. I just loved the idea that you could (literally) get into the story. Somehow that really resonated with me. It still does, because imagination is a very powerful thing: it allows you to travel to worlds where you can have the most incredible adventures and become who you truly want to be. Imagination lets you confront your fears and shortcomings, and learn what it takes to become a her. The Neverending Story depicts that process.
BA: If you could visit Miriax, what would be your first stop?
PHC: I think I'd rush over to the Mushroom Tea House and Grand Avenue to have some Mirian explosive mushrooms and lilac tea, and then pretty much sample everything else!
P.H.C. Marchesi has a wonderful blog where she talks about Shelby, Shauna, her musings as a writer, and other projects she is working on. I encourage you all to visit her.
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