BMR isn’t just for adults. I always enjoy featuring books for a variety of ages, and this isn’t the first time this one has been promoted here. As a big zombie fan, I adore the idea of one being a vegetarian – what a twist! The author is certain she and her main character would get along – it’s a win/win for both of them. Welcome Victoria Zigler!
Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ lantern?
I’d rather carve a jack-o-lantern. In fact, I carve one most years (even the years we lived several floors up in an apartment where no trick-or-treaters were even slightly likely to show up). But I have issues with things being near my face, so the one time I did bob for apples I didn’t find it even slightly fun, and I’m definitely in no hurry to do it again. So, I think I’ll stick to carving my Mr. Pumpkin-Heads, which is what each jack-o-lantern has been called since I wrote the poem “Mr. Pumpkin-Head” back in 2008. And, just for fun, here’s the poem:
© 2008 Victoria “Tori” Zigler
In a pumpkin patch
Near a big red barn
Looking out over the fields
Of a very big farm
Lived Mr Pumpkin-Head
All day he’d sit in the pumpkin patch
Wishing he could do something good
“If only,” he said to himself one night
“Pumpkins could be more than just food.”
Then one day, when the air was chilly
And the trees were almost bare
Someone came to the pumpkin patch
Who’d never before been seen there
She was just a child – no more than six
With hair the colour of gold
Wearing a pretty little pink coat
To protect herself from the cold
She looked at Mr Pumpkin-Head
And all his friends in the ground
Then knelt beside Mr Pumpkin-Head
Making hardly a sound
She put her hand upon him
And smiling said, “You’ll do!
You’re coming home with me, you are.
I’ll make a jack-o-lantern out of you!”
In the window sill
Of a little house
Looking out of the window
Beside an ornamental mouse
Sits Mr Pumpkin-Head
His smile may be carved on
But inside he’s grinning too
For he thinks a Jack-O-Lantern is
A great job for a pumpkin to do
That’s why you’ll never see a pumpkin smile
As wide as Mr Pumpkin-Head
Candy apple or candy corn?
I’ve never had candy corn. The closest we have over here is sweet popcorn that’s basically caramel or toffee sauce allowed to set on popcorn, and I’m not a huge fan of it to be honest. I’m told candy corn is loads better, and it probably is, but I’m still going with candy apples, because I know I love those.
If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?
None of the above. Well, unless I’m really tired, and then I might fall asleep, but that can happen with any kind of movie if I’m tired enough, even movies I love. Usually though I’m the person sitting quietly observing, and sometimes also wondering what I’d do if I was the person currently on screen and in the same situation. I’m not sure if it’s the writer in me, the fact I don’t find most horror movies scary, or something else, but it’s what I generally end up doing. Don’t get me wrong, I love horror movies. I just don’t see any reason to attempt to hide from what’s on the screen, and know the only thing yelling at the characters will achieve is to make me potentially miss hearing something that may be happening on screen (and since, being blind, I rely on my hearing to know what’s going on, that would be a very bad thing).
Would you and your main character get along?
I expect so. Vinnie and I both love our veggies, so I’d have plenty of them on hand that he could help himself to if he showed up at my house, which would make him one happy zombie. And not being zombie-chow would make me happy too; as I’m sure you can appreciate. Both of us being happy while enjoying some fresh fruits and veggies sounds like getting along to me. What do you think?
Which book have you read more than once?
There are several I’ve read more than once, some in particular I consider favourites so constantly re-read. I’ve read the entire “Harry Potter” series so many times I’ve lost count. In fact, I’m just finishing up my latest re-read of that series. I’ve also read Michelle Pavers “Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness” series and her book “Dark Matter” a couple of times. Oh, and Jean M Auel’s “Earth’s Children” series and Bernard Cornwall’s “Stonehenge” are favourites of mine I’ve read too many times to count as well. There are others, but I think that’s enough to be getting on with.
What are you working on now?
The last two years haven’t been the best when it comes to writing progress for me, though I did manage to write enough poetry to publish some new poetry collections earlier this year. I had some genuine reasons for a lot of the time, but then procrastination took over. The result being that I’ve got a load of stories I’ve started, which I’d hoped to make decent progress on this year, but it hasn’t happened. So, what I’m actually working on right now is tackling my procrastination issues, which formed when I let genuine reasons become excuses, and allowed too much time to go by before forcing myself to put my butt back in the chair and get to work. The trouble is, I keep getting… Ooohhh… Shiny!
When Vinnie the zombie smashes his way in to the fruit and vegetable shop where six year old Annie is waiting in hiding for her Mother to come back for her, Annie isn’t sure what to do. But Vinnie isn’t like other zombies. A vegetarian in life, it looks like Vinnie may also be one in death, and it may not be Annie who’s in danger after all.
Author Bio and Social Media
Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author. Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales. Now she lives in Wales again, along with a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.
Despite spending far too much time in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon. So far she has published 11 poetry books and 46 children’s books. Tori is also a contributor of the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, as well as the Poetry Treasures anthology. Additionally, her Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults.
Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, but is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
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