Friday, February 8, 2008

Welcome Students of Riverside School!

At 1:00 PM today the grade 6 students of Riverside School in Thompson, Manitoba will meet Carol for a live chat here on The Freak 3 blog!

40 comments:

carol matas said...

Hi there!
Everyone ready to get started?

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon,

We really enjoyed reading The Freak, and we just finished reading Visions. Living in Northern Manitoba we really connected with the incidents of cold weather in your stories.
I would like to take this unique opportunity to say thank-you for your generous donation of books. Having read Visions, the students and I are anxious to see what happens in book 3. (Betrayal) seems like a good title!

Most of the questions we have for you have been answered in previous blogs, but there are some questions that the students would like to ask.

Sincerely,

Mr. Caldwell and class

Anonymous said...

How is the weather today in Toronto, I am still waiting for the kids to get all there winter gear off. lol

carol matas said...

I'm so glad you all liked the books. Oh- and book three of The Freak series now has a new title, "Far". I'll be posting a new blog about it next week as I return to writing that book. The last few weeks I've been working on book 2 of a ghost series called Ghosthunters.

carol matas said...

I'm writing from Winnipeg where I live. And we're looking at a storm coming in tonight.

Anonymous said...

Seems like you are real busy, the students would like to know when "Far" will be available to buy?

Anonymous said...

So you are in
Winnipeg, we know all about winter storms. You mentioned Palm Springs in visions, does all of book 3 take place there?

anthony said...

Would you like to see "The Freak Series turned into a movie series?

carol matas said...

Far will be out in the fall of 08. The Proof That Ghosts Exist , the first Ghosthunter book, will be out before that though, this April. I hope the kids will like that one too.

carol matas said...

Yes, all of book three takes place in Palm Springs. Quite a change from the thirty-five below weather in Visions.

Aaqil said...

Will Jade have more complex problems in "Far"?

Ben said...

If Jade's power or abilities are genetic will Marty be affected in the future if you continue the series?

carol matas said...

I'd love to see The Freak or any of my books turned into TV or movies but it's hard to make that happen. The Freak was optioned for TV for 5 years- even before Medium came out but was never made. When Medium came out I was pretty unhappy that mine hadn't been done first- on the other hand I love that show.

Broden said...

Does Jade have more control of her powers, she seemed very agitated in both books about not having control?

carol matas said...

Hi Aaqil and Ben,
Jade's problems will be pretty complicated in Far. I don't want to give too much away but she will be tested at a university and will need to confront some pretty heavy personal things.
And Ben- what a great idea!!
I'm already thinking about book 4 and hadn't really considered Marty- but that would make sense- it does run in families after all. What a great twist that would be. Thanks Ben!

carol matas said...

Hi Broden,
That is part of the story of book three. She goes not only to be tested but to try to understand how her powers work and how to use them instead of them using her.

Mr. Caldwell said...

Paranormal is a new t.v show, it seems that the after life in that show is all evil, do you believe in life after death and if so will
jade have any conflicts with this concept?

Ben said...

What is your personnal favourite author and book?

Sai said...

Which book of the trilogy did you like writing the best?

Sadie said...

What inspired you years ago to become a writer?

carol matas said...

Hi Mr. Caldwell,
That's a pretty deep question and not easy to answer in a short blog piece. Jade didn't didn't believe in life after death before she almost died but when she met her dead grandfather her entire her entire world view needed to change. Rather than say what she believes in I like her to be the one asking all the questions. That way the main character isn't preaching to the reader, but encouraging the reader to question as well. All the people around Jade have answers and beliefs, but Jade is the one that needs to sort through them all. I don't think she will ever say for sure that she believes this or that. Her role will always be to question. And maybe that's mine as well.

Mr. Caldwell said...

How did you get the idea of Blogging? Do you feel it has helped with finding creative ideas?

carol matas said...

Hi Ben,
My personal favourite author is Jane Austen. As for children's books it is Frank L Baum.

carol matas said...

Hi Sai and Sadie,
I liked writing all three books. The more I write them the more I like them- that's why we're thinking of making more.
Sadie, the story of how I became a writer is on my web site in a long article posted there. It would take too long to tell here- but I was inspired by a friend who was writing to give it a try.

aaqil and Ben said...

What year did you become published and with what book?

Anonymous said...

Does your Brother still teach in Winnipeg?

carol matas said...

Hi Mr. Caldwell,
The blogging idea is pretty prevalent right now, so I thought I might give it a try. My publisher and I came up with this idea together- blogging with schools so those that I can't meet in person can still ask me questions.It doesn't give me ideas- except for Ben's- so much as give me a chance to connect with my readers.

carol matas said...

My first book, The DNA Dimension was published in 1982. And yes, my brother still teaches in Winnipeg!

jade said...

Whydid you name the book, The Freak
?

carol matas said...

Thank you all for your terrific questions!
I'm so glad you are enjoying the books.
Please let me know how you like Far when it comes out.
All best wishes,
Carol

carol matas said...

Hi Jade,
You have the same name as my character? Cool.
I named it The Freak because that's how she feels at first- like she's some kind of freak. Different. It's hard to be different.

Riverside Grade 6 Rams said...

Thank you Carol for answering our questions, It's nice to get an understanding of Jade's character, I.e. her views and questions about peoples beliefs. We all look forward to reading your books that are about to be published.
The grade 6 class would like to wish you the Best.
Thak you

Anonymous said...

Whoops, the Kids are all laughing at me for spelling the word thank-you wrong in the previous blog, we only have one computer!
Cheers
Dave

Anonymous said...

What did inspire you to write about phsychic people in the frak and visions in the first place?

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