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Warren Rochelle

It is not often that you get an opportunity to have a bit of magic and mystery in your day. Probably reading Harvest of Changelings, an adult fairytale, is as close some of us are going to get to it in a day-to-day constraint. In my interview with Warren Rochelle, I jumped straight to the heart of the matter. "How did you come up with the plot of your book?" I ask. He responds, "The original premise of the plot was that all fairy tales are true. I extrapolated from that what sort of world might it be if magic returned, what would it be like when the magical and mundane intersect and come into conflict." He says he drew upon useful experiences in his life, including the time he spent as a librarian and his dealings with children from abusive backgrounds, as well as just growing up in North Carolina, such as "the various NC ghost stories I grew up reading and the people with whom I grew up." Obviously the tale has undergone a few changes since its original conception in the four years it took to complete it (total; this book has been in-the-process-ofsince before Rochelle got his doctorate!). "Books-stories evolve-in the telling or the writing." Harvest of Changelings tells the story of Ben Tyson's son Malachi, a boy who begins to manifest fairy powers at age ten. Ben must get Malachi to Faerie before his uncontrolled powers consume him, but strange things begin to happen and obstacles get in the way. This is a tale of the struggle against the prejudices against difference and otherness, a tale of mystery and of the fight of good against evil. His next big project is titled The Called, and is the sequel to Harvest of Changelings. Of course, I had to ask: "Do you have a character you're particularly attached to?" "Yes, I am fond of Russell and Jeff, who are two of the four main protagonists." It is easy to think that these characters always existed for Rochelle with the comfortable ease with which he's written them, but one has to ask how does a book of this scope get written? Rochelle admits he must first realize the ending before he can start. With Harvest of Changelings, he saw the final scene in his mind and expanded backwards as the plot evolved. It helps him to make and then follow an outline, despite the changes he will eventually make to it, "I will go back over what I have written, reread, make changes, then follow the ripples of those changes." I asked him what his advice to aspiring writers was. Simple! According to Rochelle, you must "read widely and write in a journal everyday. Details, details, details. Tell the truth, albeit in myth or metaphor, fantasy or science fiction. A good writer is a good reader is a good writer." You heard it here first, so get busy and get writing get reading get writing!!