I'm extremely honored to be able to interview the master magician The Great Goldini (with special appearance from Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester) on the blog today. Don’t forget to check out the blog before mine on this tour, and the one after!
1. Thank you Mr. Goldini for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us! First and foremost, I think that a magician’s name is extremely important to his craft, tell us how did you choose yours?
Oh! I didn't choose it at all. My middle name is actually "Great"; my father, Super Extraordinary Goldini, was also a magician. Initially, of course, I went by my first name, Myron, but Mr. Dumfrey felt it didn't have the same ring to it.
2. Magic is not for the faint of heart, it takes skill and patience and incredible talent. We know that you have struggled with some tricks, for instance pulling a ham sandwich out of your hat instead of a rabbit. Tell us, what is the weirdest thing you have made appear?
Well, to be honest, it is not so much what I have made appear as what I've made disappear! Twenty-four years ago, my Great-Aunt Bertha stepped into my famous Vanishing Box and I'm afraid we haven't heard from her since!
3. Your life goals extend past your abilities as a magician, don’t they? I hear that one day you would like to open a turtle sanctuary. Where would you like to do this, and what might you call it?
It is my deepest and most profound goal in life to rescue turtles, thank you. On my fourth birthday my father transformed a pair of itchy wool socks into a box turtle on my birthday, and for years Bob was my most trusted companion. My dream is to open Solomon's Slow Rollers near my childhood town of Sowanaskee, Massachusetts, from which they will have a nice ocean view and a constant supply of delicious seaweed.
4. Lastly, before we let you get back to your magical profession, what might you tell aspiring magicians? What words of wisdom would you impart on them?
They say that magic is all in the eye of the beholder, but I find that the wrist and fingers, unfortunately, play quite an important role.
Author Interview Questions
1. While I am sure that you have been asked this many times before, it’s the kind of thing that I am always interested in as an aspiring writer myself – how did you manage the work of writing a book together? Was it chapter by chapter, sentence by sentence?
Actually, no! I've always marveled at people who can write like that too! We actually didn't exactly co-write--we had very separate tasks. So Mr. Chester did much of the organizational/structural thinking and I did the writing, and then he would edit, and edit again...and again...and again...
2. What has been each of your favorite’s parts of co-writing a book, and what has been the greatest challenge?
My favorite part of co-writing a book has been getting a chance to know Mr. Chester--and seeing so many of his amazing collections! I don't know that it was especially challenging. We worked very well together, I think.
3. If you could be any character in THE SCREAMING STATUE, who would each of you pick and why?
You know, I was initially going to say Pippa, because she is slowly learning to read minds. Then I realized that, in all likelihood, reading minds would be terrible! So Max, probably.
4. What is your favorite quote or line from the book?
It's really hard to pick. I love the way that middle grade allows for humor, silliness, and imagination on every pages. For example: "She looked the other way and saw a large red blob carrying a vast handkerchief barreling toward the museum. Then she realized it was not a blob carrying a handkerchief, but Mr. Dumfrey carrying a newspaper." I wrote it, but it doesn't feel like I wrote it, so it makes me laugh.
5. What are three totally random facts about each of you?
1. I need ten hours of sleep a day.
2. I was in an all-female a cappella group in high school.
3. I hate candy.
H. C. Chester
1. My classic volume, A HANDBOOK FOR COLLECTORS OF ANCIENT BABYLONIAN BELT BUCKLES, has just gone into its second printing, the first printing of seven copies having entirely sold out!
2. When I went to toast my usual English muffin for breakfast this morning, I discovered that Trudy had somehow gotten into the bread basket and eaten the entire package! Bad dog!
3. I must replace the needle on my phonograph! Last evening, as I typically do prior to bedtime, I wished to relax by listening to my favorite piece of music, a 1928 recording of Antonio Grimaldi's magnificent oratorio, "Flight of the Luna Moth." When I placed the record on the turntable and began to listen, however, I was very distressed by the poor sound quality of the orchestra, particularly the fourth-movement solo of the third violinist!
About The Book
In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.
Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever.
But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts.
This is the second book in the series and so boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as:
· Howie, the “Human Owl,” whose head turns just about all the way around
· A mean but important house cat
· Some perfectly ghastly wax sculptures
· A very thin boy named Chubby
· An awful mechanical leg
It continues not to have:
· A cautionary tale about running with scissors
· A list of time-consuming chores
· Nutritious and decidedly not delicious vegetables
· A perfectly sweet bedtime story about a wayward bunny
· Two wet kisses on the cheek from your aunt Mildred
Learn more about the series online atwww.thecuriosityhouse.com.