Monday, December 13, 2010
FEATURED AUTHOR: Patricia Nmukoso Enyi
Marcus The Magician: At The Beach
With it raining nonstop for four straight days, brother and sister Kobi and Lulu are bored to tears, stuck inside the house with nothing to do. Worse yet, the electricity has gone out, so they can’t play video games or watch TV. So, at the suggestion of their father, the kids grab a book in the hopes of assuaging their boredom – but when they’re introduced to the inimitable Marcus The Magician, they soon find themselves swept up in a world of imagination beyond their wildest dreams...
Marcus The Magician: At The Beach is a superbly crafted tale of the wondrous power of imagination. In it, author Patricia Enyi invites young readers to “unplug” themselves from the electronic distractions (TV, video games, etc.) that confine their days and instead open themselves up to the unexplored beauty of the world around them. Just as Marcus ultimately shows Kobi and Lulu, there is so much more fun and enjoyment that can be derived from actively engaging in life, as opposed to wiling away the hours bogged down in rote, unimaginative routine. As such, Enyi’s lively tale offers a powerful, timely message of the importance of living life to the fullest every day. A highly recommended read.
How did you start out your writing career?
I started writing to relieve stress from work. I am a nurse.
What did you learn while writing this book?
That dreams can come true.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
I want to encourage more kids to read.
Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be?
Yes, I would really like to become a full time writer one day.
Which five characters (can be from books, movies, or tv shows) would you invite over for dinner and why?
Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol, because I think he was a very lonely man. Sheriff Andy Taylor for The Andy Griffiths show, because he cared about people. Alice of Alice in Wonderland, because she needed a friend.And the Harts Mr. and Mrs. Hart of Hart to Hart, because they are interesting people.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
How difficult it is to get a publisher. Finding time to write. And how to overcome writer's block.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
Always read over your writing and get an editor.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That writing does not come easy.
What is something readers would be surprised you do?
That I love to dance.
If you could be a character from any book you've read, who would you be?
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Our theme for this month is Children Books. Can you recommend three books for children?
My Book of course, Marcus The Magician. President Obama's book Of Thee I Sing. And What does love look like? By Janette Oke.
Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?
Like the song said, I don't know much, but I know that I love to write.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
My next book could be the second installment of Marcus the Magician on on wild Safari adventure or a romance novel, both of which I am working on right now.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
I am on Facebook. And if they have something to say about my book, I have a face book page.
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