Interview with Linda Covella, award-winning author of Yakimali’s Gift and The Ghost of Pebble Brook Lodge
What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
When a young fan read my book The Castle Blues Quake, I thought it was cute when he said he giggled at the girls’ names Pepper and Sage. And this, not funny, but I’m happy the book encouraged this conversation: His mother said, “We enjoyed it very much and had a cool conversation when we were done about the afterlife.”
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
I think about this at times, and have so many things I’d like to do! I wish I had the time to learn the piano. I played the organ and piano when I was young, then didn’t keep up with it. I also have an art background and still dabble in it. I love color and design, so I think it would be fun to be a textile designer.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
I laugh sometimes. I try to inject some humor into my books by having the characters make funny comments or observations.
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it? Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
I recently reread A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This was my favorite book as a child, and I wanted to revisit it and see if my reactions were different compared to then and now. I loved this book mainly because of the time travel, and this book started my love of time-travel stories. Rereading it as an adult, I still loved it. I liked the strong girl protagonist, Meg, and of course the entire plot of time travel and the “science” of the book.Themes that I picked up on that I didn’t as a child were the religious undertones and the issue of social conformity/nonconformity.
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
In Yakimali’s Gift, I don’t know who would play the main character (15-year-old Fernanda), but I envision Penelope Cruz playing Feliciana, the lively young widow who Fernanda befriends and confides in on the journey. And I think Antonio Banderas would be perfect as Fernanda’s “Papa.”
Learn more about Linda Corella and her books at https://lindacovella.com
C.M. Huddleston's Five Star Review of Yakimali's Gift.
Linda Covella sent me Yakimali’s Gift to review since I love history. Not only did I learn about a bit of history about which never knew, I fell in love with her characters! Her descriptions allowed me to envision each one, from her younger brothers, to her father, to her new friends on the trail west to California. I worried just like Fernanda did about what would become of their family and about the very adult decisions she would have to make at 15 years of age. Her struggles reminded me of the angst I felt as a teenager and my need find a way to make my dreams come true. I think any teenager would like this book, but I believe teenage girls will love Fernanda and her story.
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