A new interview with Alethea Kontis
Alethea (Lee) Kontis is a fellow writer who wrote the wonderful Alpha Oops, one of my favorite books to read to my kids. Lee asked me a few questions about Winds recently and just posted the interview on her website.
Here's a brief excerpt:
Princess Alethea: What’s a “quilling”?
Brad Beaulieu: Funnily enough, no one’s ever asked me this before. There once was a literary discussion group associated with Oxford University. J.R.R. Tolkien, along with C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Christopher Tolkien, and many more, were members of this group. It was called the Inklings. They met at The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, an establishment I visited when I went on a whirlwind tour of the U.K. and Ireland on 2004. When I learned about the Inklings on a tour of Oxford, I thought it would be neat to call my website (when I eventually made one) quillings, in honor of Tolkien. That, and I didn’t really want a website called bradleypbeaulieu.com.
Incidentally, that was the very same trip where I stopped into the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and picked up the various artwork pieces that I later used as the primary characters in The Winds of Khalakovo.