Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Catherine Lanigan - Adventures of Lilli and Zane: The Golden Flute - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is your favorite character?
Lilli Mitchell the heroine of my young adult series The Adventures of Lilli and Zane: The Golden Flute.

2. Why is she your favorite character?
Lilli has a sense of adventure and curiosity about the entire world, universe and constantly wants to know the answers to life. Why are we here? Where did we come from? She is also incredibly gifted with several PSI powers. She is able to talk to her dead mother who visits here in dreams and in waking moments. She has an emerging psychic talent that she must come to grips with as she grows older. This is not magic, it is a human talent that can be honed and used as the tool to deal with dangers in life.

3. How did you come to create her?
Lilli is me at her age. I wanted to be a journalist and go around the world and interview fascinating people. I also wanted to be an archeologist when I was in elementary school. My first adult book I ever read was Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl’s story of his adventure on a raft across the Pacific Ocean to prove the origin of the race of peoples who populated Easter Island. I wanted to be that kind of adventurer on raft, pitted against the forces of the vast world.

4. When did she first enter your mind?
Lilli and Zane are the characters from my romance book At Long Last Love which I wrote in 1992. While I was working on her back story, I knew I wanted to write a book or books about Lilli when she was only thirteen or fourteen. It was then that the idea for the series was born.

5. Where was she give life in the creative process?
Most of my characters come to me in dreams or at night when I can’t sleep. Some of them give me their names. Some of them appear like visions and ask me to tell their stories. I may be pretty kooky, but my characters are important people and neither they nor I rest until their story is finished.

6. What do you like most about her? What do you like least?
I love Lilli’s warmth. Yes, she is creative and curious and bold and audacious, but she is loving and thoughtful to Zane and Teddy. She is respectful to her nanny, Nancy. She misses her • • • mother, but she allows Nancy to treat her as her own child. She adores her father and she has a loving relationship with her father. She is protective of her father because he can be self-absorbed in his archeological work and forget to eat or sleep. Mostly, he forgets about Lilli, though he loves her beyond measure. What I don’t like about Lilli is that she is a vegetarian and she eats far too healthy for my tastes. She is very precise about things. I’m messier than she is.

About the Book

Teen treasure hunters, Lilli Mitchell, Zane McAllister and his techno-wizard, younger brother, Teddy, are coming into awareness of their incredible PSI powers as they comb Europe searching for seven ancient enormous jewels. Powerful artifacts that will help them battle the evil and dangerous Bishop Carrington, a human monster who is determined to raise the lost continent of Atlantis from the blackest depths of the ocean. A devastating act which will destroy most of the surface of the earth.

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes&
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.95
Pages: 300

About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over twenty-six published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over a dozen languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available on audio-cassette, CD and on electronic format. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine for December, 2002, and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. In March, 2006 Divine Nudges: Tales of Angelic Intervention and the second in Lanigan’s Angel Watch series of books, was published by HCI, the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher. Recently, Allworth Press released Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. In fall, 2009, NotMYkid, a non-fiction regarding teen addictions will be published. Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Watch series of books. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs such as “Montel. Catherine’s email is

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