Thursday, January 10, 2008

Welcome Students of Gray Academy!

At 10:30 AM today the grade 7 students of Gray Academy of Jewish Education in Winnipeg, Manitoba will meet Carol for a live chat here on The Freak 3 blog!

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Carol,
I really enjoyed your book. It kept my attention in one reading; I rarely sit and read a book in one night!
I wondered if the voice of Aunt Janeen is the voice of the author?
I found that she spoke with authority about the subject of reincarnation.
Take care,
Mrs. Connor

carol matas said...

Hi Everyone,
Any questions?
Carol

Anonymous said...

Do you have any ideas for your thurd book of the series?

Anonymous said...

What inspired you to write this book?

Josh

carol matas said...

Intersting question.
I suppose you could say all the voices are the voice of the author as it's me making them all up. As for reincarnation, specifically, yes, I'm pretty sure I believe in it- but not 100 per cent sure - how could I be?
Carol

Anonymous said...

how do you feel when reading your book

Anonymous said...

i was wondering what your best tips for young aspiring writers.


jana

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy the books that you write, especially because they take place in Winnipeg. Are you going to make more then thrre books later on?

-Jeremy

Anonymous said...

How long have you been writing books for?


Ben

carol matas said...

The third book is written- read my post of Jan 8 and you'll see how that went.
Josh- what inspired me to write the book was actually the bombing in Oklahoma City. I wondered what it would be like to have your life turned upside down in a second, which is what happens to Jade. Then I added the psychic element because, as well as absolutely believing in psychic ability, it gives me a chance to discuss philosophy with young people and I'm convinced it's something they are interested in. You know, the basic questions, why are we here? What does life mean? Is there a purpose?

Anonymous said...

Were any of the characters in the book named after any family or friends?

Jenna

Anonymous said...

How long did it take you to research the information for the book? Is the book you're writing now about the same characters?

-Sarah

Anonymous said...

How long did it take you to research the information for the book? Is the book you're writing now about the same characters?

-Sarah

carol matas said...

How do I feel when reading my book? I only read it when I read aloud to schools, otherwise I never reread a book once it's finished. Usually I like it, but sometimes i'll catch a sentence I feel could be better, but I try not to dwell on that. It's published and I'm working and worrying about the new one.

Anonymous said...

Have any of the incidents in the book happened to you in real life?

- Lexie

Anonymous said...

how long did it take you to write the book

carol matas said...

Best tips for aspiring writers?
Read!!
Read everything you can- from War and Peace to comic books. You best teacher is other writing.
And when you write write about something you really care about, whatever form it's in, it needs to matter to you.

Anonymous said...

how many copy's of the book did you write until it got published


- Natasha

Anonymous said...

how long did it take you to write the book

Anonymous said...

Which of the three books in the series did you personally like writing the best?


Gil

Jessica said...

Dear Carol,

I really enjoyed the book. I Actually Red it in half and hour and after I read it I still wanted to read more!

Who influenced you to write this book?
If you were to be re-incarnated what would you like to be turned into?

Your fan,
Jessica M.

carol matas said...

Jeremy, Ben,
I've been writing for over 30 years now.
And yes, my new book with Perry Nodelman called The Proof That Ghosts Exist, takes place in Winnipeg and Falcon Lake. I like writing about Winnipeg. I can see everything so clearly. I loved writing those sections in Visions about the -35 degree weather. I knew I could describe it so people would feel it!

Anonymous said...

Dear Carol,
We plan on having the students share this site with their parents tonight.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions; this has been a great learning experience.
Take care,
Mrs. Connor

carol matas said...

Hi Jenna,
I often use family or friends as names in my books. Aunt Janeen is named after a real best friend Janeen, who is very spititual. Dr. Manuel is named after my cousin Manny who is a psychiatrist and also very spiritual. My sister's name is Susan, hence Susie and my brother's name is John, hence, Jon. Jade isn't named after anyone though, I just wanted an unusual name for her.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever made a big mistake in the story and you thought the book would do bad but it was way better this way than it would have been if you had changed?

-Jonah

carol matas said...

Hi Sarah,
I'm not sure exactly how long it took to research The Freak books but at least a few months of reading for each of them. I've read lots of books about psychics, how they work, also books on religion and philosphy and spiritualism.
Far, book three, intoduces new characters, but is still about Jade, Jon and Jade's family. Also Far is set in Palm Springs, not Winnipeg. We're not sure if it will be titled Far or Betrayal. Any thoughts?
The Ghost books are all new characters.

Funny kid said...

do you like to put comedy into your books?

carol matas said...

Thanks to all for your questions.
I'll try to answer the rest later and post them.
This has been fun- hope you keep reading all my books!
Carol

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think Betrayel is a better title.

Anonymous said...

I think that they are both really good titles. It is a hard choice.

-Sarah

carol matas said...

Hi students,
Some of the things in the book happened to me in real life- like walking in - 30 weather! I've had some amazing psychic experiences, some with me telling my daughter things tha came true, some with other people telling me things that came true.
Re how long it took to write Visions- about 3 weeks on te first draft and then about 2-3 weeks on each draft after that and I think there were around 5 or 6 drafts, plus copy editing and research- probaby around 6 months in all.
No favourie in terms of the 3 books, i loved writing all of them, this is one of my all time favourite series.
If I were reincarnated I'd just like to be a human being and try to do better each time I come back- be a better person that is.
I do try to put a little comedy in, and make Jade funny.
As for mistakes- sometimes they can help you to make a better book.
And thanks for the feedback on the title!
All best,
Carol

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