Interview with Barbara Silkstone, author of “Zo White and the Seven Morphs”

“Zo White and the Seven Morphs”  – Doesn’t the name alone make you want to see what it’s all about?  It’s such a fun title–and the book is a lot of fun, too.

I get to interview the author, Barbara Silkstone.  Such an intriguing book had to be spun by an intriguing individual.

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About the Author

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of Criminally Funny Fables series that currently includes: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters; Wendy and the Lost Boys; Zo White and the Seven Morphs; Cold Case Morphs; and London Broil.

For further giggles and a touch of true fiction try: The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.

Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”

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First, a brief encapsulation of what the book is about, in the author’s own words:

Zo White is an aerial dancer much like the performers in Cirque du Soleil.  She invents in her spare time. Her “youth-restoring” mirror invention catches the attention of cosmetic mogul, Queenie Apple. She pursues Zo. The Seven Morphs jump in to save Zo. Miami Beach mobster/developers enter the picture and chaos ensues.

Yup, that’s it, in a nutshell.  A terrific take on the old fairy tale.  Where did you come with the idea for “Zo White”?

Zo White was always in the pipeline for my Criminally Funny Fables.

I started with The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, which became an environmental and legal giggler. Wendy and the Lost Boys, the second book in the series, is a tip-of-the-hat to Peter Pan. It’s a snarky look at Ponzi schemers and super-yachts. The third Criminally Funny Fable is a nod at Snow White.  Zo White and the Seven Morphs is a swift kick at mobster developers and wicked queens.

I have some serious reading to do–these sound great! 

Now, I saw something about a Morphs website at the back of the book.  What is this all about?

I was wandering around the house trying to think of a funny word that rhymed with dwarfs for the title of the book. The word Morphs came to mind. I Googled the word and discovered the Morphsuit website and their Facebook page. Morphsuits are an international craze. They are one-piece spandex suits that cover a person from the top of their head to their toes. It’s hard to imagine why they are so popular but they have over one million LIKES on Facebook. Do visit their page. One picture is really worth a thousand words.

That would be www.morphsuits.com.  Have a look.  Really.  We’ll wait…

Okay, now that everyone is back–Do you, or will you be, continuing on in this same vein?

There is a second book in the Morph series. It’s not a direct sequel but Zo White does make a cameo appearance. Cold Case Morphs is slightly paranormal. A bit of Ghostbusters and a touch of Beetlejuice.

There will be more Morph books by the end of this year.

Yay!!  I have “Cold Case Morphs”–I will be reading that one soon.  I really fell in love with these guys.

You’ve called your series “The Fractured FairyTales”; did you use to watch the shorts by nearly the same name as a kid?  (To the younger crowd–see “Rocky and Bullwinkle”)

I did watch Fractured Fairytales as a kid. I loved them. I started calling my Series FF but have slowly guided it toward Criminally Funny Fables as that lets the readers know the books contain a touch of crime, a little murder, and mystery stirred with a big dollop of humor.

That they do, yes indeedy.  Tell us about your other books in the series.

Other books…Wendy and the Lost Boys spun off their own series. Wendy Darlin is a Miami real estate broker. Since business is slow she’s working as a Tomb Raider Restorer. Along with her love interest, archaeologist Roger Jolley, she returns stolen antiquities. London Broil is the second book in my Wendy Darlin series.

“Roger Jolley”–hee hee!  This is what I love about these books.  You find yourself searching for the names and relating them to the fairy tales!!

Do you have a favorite character in “Zo”?

The story contains a group of middle-aged ladies who call themselves “The Singing Lucys.” They dress like Lucy (I Love Lucy), wear red wigs, and travel in a red VW with black eyelashes. They perform at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. They sound like cats in a bag. I love their enthusiasm.

They also have the hots for the Morphs, by the way.  I loved them too–the parts where you describe them getting in or out of the car–hilarious!

What are you working on now?

I’m putting all my books on audio at Audible.com. Wendy and the Lost Boys is already available. Five others are in the pipeline. Working with the narrators/actors has been such fun. The first time I heard Wendy speak, I got tears in my eyes.

I’m also working on the third book in the Wendy Darlin series. After the Lost Boys adventure, Wendy went to London in search of a stolen artifact. Now she’s on her way to Egypt with Roger Jolley. So many tombs, so little time.

I have friends who swear by audiobooks.   It really is a great idea, since people are always on the go, and holding a book or Kindle is not always convenient.

So far, which book that you’ve written is your favorite, and why?

My favorite book is Wendy and the Lost Boys. For a real estate broker to take down a notorious white-collar criminal, while being pursued by pirates is quite an accomplishment… especially when the pirates are led by her ex-husband, Croc. I love that Wendy overcomes her fears to fight like a female Indiana Jones. I never know what to expect from her. She’s amazing.

I agree.  And so is her creator.  Keep writing–we’ll keep reading!  (“Croc”. Love it!!)

Now, before you go off and start hitting the keyboard again, do you have any parting thoughts for us?

Please do take a peek at the Audible site. Listening to your favorites books is such a treat.

And last, but not least, the sites where we can reach you (there’s a free giftie at the end of the list):

Barbara Silkstone loves to hear from her readers.

You can write to her at: barbara_silkstone@yahoo.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/barbsilkstone

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Silkstone

Blog:  Barbara Silkstone   http://bit.ly/M2Cs7Q

Amazon author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Silkstone/e/B0047L8A8W

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Audible: Listen to the free sample of Wendy and the Lost Boys

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_2?asin=B00BL2HZUO&qid=1361957710&sr=1-2

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