Hi all! *waves*
I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Teresa Orts, author of The Year of the Great Seventh recently and she shared some pretty incredible things with me. Trust me you'll want to read this one!
*In a very bad French accent* Bonjour, Teresa! How are you? Velcome to my blog! I am so happy to have you here vit me! Think I might have mixed up my accents!
*back to my regular accent* Teresa, I have to be honest when I first read the synopsis I became soooooo curious. Let me tell you why, it was VERY mysterious. I've read a ton of books with the Greek mythology interwoven through its pages but not too many Egyptian (if any!) so the interest level skyrocketed! What made you want to write about Egyptian lore?
I’m glad you asked! In this book everything happened by chance. One night out of nowhere, I started typing a short story that turned into this novel. Well, the Egyptian theme idea came to me by chance, too. After I wrote the first 2 chapters, which then was just a short story, I didn’t know where the novel was going to go. I was walking around Central Park and I bumped into Cleopatra’s needle, the obelisk behind the Metropolitan Museum. It piqued my curiosity! Why have a piece of ancient Egypt in the middle of New York City? Then I started researching the origin, and that’s how the idea came about.
I had a History teacher who made me fall in love with History because of the way he explained it and told it. My favorite lessons were always the Ancient Civilizations. *smiles, remembering the good old days* Like Sophie, are you a history buff? Should we take a guess as to which lessons were your favorties?
Ahhahah! There’s got to be something about history teachers. I had one in high school that was the best teacher I ever had. On top of that, every girl in my high school had a crush on him.
He promised to take his ten best students on a trip to visit some of the monuments we had studied, and believe me, there was a lot of competition to get one of those ten spots. I pretty much ignored all my other classes to get one of the ten best grades in the class. I still remember the trip!
When you're not writing spectacular stories, what do you do?
I have quite a few things going on at the moment. I work full-time, have a seven-month-old baby, and exercise often. When I have spare time, I like to hang out with my husband or go out for dinner with friends.
Recently I spoke to the main characters of The Year of the Great Seventh, Nate and Sophie, and the are some cool beans! Are they modeled after anyone or are they pure imagination? (You can find that interview HERE)
Well, they are not anybody specific. Instead, each is a combination of people I have met through the years.
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with a Spanish writer, Lucia Etxebarria. I used to think of her as my revolutionary “Godmother.” I’d love to meet her one day. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of her work has been translated into English.
There really wasn't much of a love triangle. Is there a reason as to why this was so? I'm happy though that there really was no one else messing everything up.
I didn’t plot out the novel ahead of time. Instead, I just wrote each chapter without knowing what would happen next. I didn’t consciously try to avoid a love triangle; I guess I just got to the end and realized that there wasn’t one.
*leans in curiously* Have you ever been to a red carpet event? If you have, was it as you described it in the book?
Glad you asked this question! I have a really cool friend who works for one of the major film distribution companies in London, and she often gives me premiere tickets. Not only that, I get to go to the after-parties and hang out with the actors. I’ve been elbow-to-elbow with Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Sacha Baron-Cohen (could keep going for a while.) The downside is that I’m a chicken! When I’m standing next to them, I never have the courage to introduce myself.
Back to the novel. Throughout my life, a lot of strange things had happened to me, but this one is definitely in the top three. I was doing a girls’ road trip from L.A. to Las Vegas with two of my BFF’s. When we landed in L.A., I was about to start writing the premiere chapter in the novel, and since I hadn’t been to any premieres in L.A., I wanted to check one out. My plan was to take some photos of the red carpet and the fans. I asked at the hotel if there were any happening that night, and they told me that one of the Twilight movie premieres was happening that evening.
I asked my friends if we could stop by to take some photos, and off we went. We got there about an hour before the premiere, and there were about a gazillion girls. I started taking photos of the fans when one of the movie executives came to us and asked if we wanted to go in. We said yes, and he handed us the three tickets. He escorted us through the crowd, removed the velvet rope, and led us into the theatre. Why us, when there were hundreds of people outside – some of whom had even been sleeping in the street – I’ll never know.
Getting back to your question. The premiere chapter is based on that night.
*whispers conspiratorially* A little bird tells me that you have a baby at home and have been able to finish The Year of the Great Seventh. How did you manage that? Did you have a specified time to write or just sat down to jot it all down when your muse started whispering to you?
When the baby arrived, I had lots of drafts, so it was just putting it all together. You spend a lot of time at home in your PJ’s when you have a newborn! I guess it was the perfect way to kill the downtime.
What can we look forward to seeing from you? More Egyptian lore? Or maybe something about werewolves? *chuckles* Or maybe some werewolves mixed with some Egyptian lore!
I’d love to see Egyptian vampires! lol! No, no vampires or werewolves on the horizon. I have already drafted some chapters for the sequel, and it will still have a fantasy element, but I see Nate and Sophie departing from the Egyptian theme. I don’t want to spoil it too much, so I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
Quick! The Year of the Great Seventh is going to be made into a movie! Who is going to play Nate and Sophie?
I’ve been asked this many times, and my answer continues being the same. When I imagine Nate and Sophie, I can’t think of any actors. I guess in my head they are two unknown actors.
Thank you so much for being here on my blog, Teresa!
Make sure to keep an eye out for my review of The Year of the Great Seventh next month!