Young Adult

Fools Gold By Lynn Lovegreen

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Interview of Lynn Lovegreen by Ellie Webster
In lieu of the standard author bio and interview, I thought it might be more fun to interact with my main character from Fools Gold and let her do the interviewing. We’ve spent so much time together—you’ll see what I mean. Here’s Ellie Webster and me, Lynn Lovegreen:

Ellie: Hello, this is Ellie Webster, best known for my appearance in Lynn Lovegreen’s book Fools Gold. Lynn, please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynn: Thanks, Ellie. My dad was stationed in Alaska when I was six, and the family moved up here. We all fell in love with the place, and it’s been home ever since. I am a retired English teacher, and reading and writing has been my passion as long as I can remember.

Ellie: Interesting, I like to read too. Do you only write about Alaska? Why?

Lynn: So far, yes. I want to share the things I love about Alaska. The landscape is amazing and sometimes challenging to live in. And I love Alaskans’ independence and friendliness. Partly from our frontier history, we are especially good at helping others whenever needed. Plus, Alaskans are unpretentious, like you are, Ellie. What you see is what you get.

Ellie: I’ll assume that is a compliment, thank you. Do you have a favorite place in Alaska?

Lynn: Prince William Sound--my dad had a boat in Whittier when I was growing up, and I think it’s the most beautiful place in the world. But I also love other coastal areas, like Southeast Alaska and Kodiak, and I’m fond of Denali National Park. There are so many scenic places with rich history in Alaska.

Ellie: Very true. I enjoyed steaming through Southeast Alaska, and Skagway has a beautiful view. How did you come to write about the Gold Rush?

Lynn: I wrote a really bad book by participating in NaNoWriMo, and wanted to try writing a real novel. I needed a dramatic Alaskan setting, and the Klondike Gold Rush certainly qualifies! Once I wrote Fools Gold, I thought of other story lines from other Alaskan Gold Rushes, and the series was born.

Ellie: I’m sure I’d enjoy reading them. What made you want to write my story?

Lynn: I was intrigued by the part that women played in Skagway and similar towns. I wanted to explore how a young woman would navigate the chaos of the gold rush, and still remain a lady. Not everyone could pull it off as well as you did.

Ellie: It was a trial at times. But I had a lot of help. It was remarkable how many men said I reminded them of their daughter or sweetheart back home, and did what they could for me. But wait—I’m supposed to get you to talk about things, not the other way around. Tell us about your favorite characters.

Lynn: Of course you’d have to be at the top of my list, with your combination of spunk, intelligence, and keen sense of justice. But I also enjoyed getting to know Duke and Billy and Dan. And Ada was so appealing that I turned her start in life into a separate story.

Ellie: When can we read more about Ada?

Lynn: This spring, in a novella tentatively titled Worth Her Weight in Gold.

Ellie: Looking forward to it. Well, that’s all the time we have today--I have to go check the oven. Thank you for the interview.

Lynn: The pleasure is mine, Ellie. See you around!

Here’s the blurb for Fools Gold:
Alaska's gold rush is no place for a lady, but that doesn't scare Ellie Webster. Ellie travels with her younger brother to the wilds of the Klondike gold rush to save the family farm. She's prepared for hardship on the trail, but not for the sparkling blue eyes of Duke Masterson, a charming saloonkeeper. And Duke is surprised to find that Ellie and her apple pies are more valuable to him than all the gold nuggets in Skagway, Alaska. Now if he could only overcome Ellie’s fear of losing her newly-found independence and win her heart. Together they must defeat the conman corrupting the town and make their fortunes before the last steamship of the season heads South.

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