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Monday, April 8, 2013

First Friday-Five Favorite Things: Goblin Secrets

by William Alexander

(Photograph by Matthew Aronoff)

This past Friday, April 5, Marcy and I posted our answers to Will's debut novel, Goblin Secrets. Today, you get to read Will's favorites. Take note what he says about picking favorites. It was difficult for us, too. Perhaps that was because there are so many good things to choose from.

1) What is your favorite line or paragraph from the novel as it relates to the main character's development and/or growth?

Will - Firstly, I'm no good at favorites. I'm about to reveal my favorite bits of the book as of this particular moment. Ask me again in an hour and my answers will have changed.

So, as of this moment, my favorite moment of character growth in GOBLIN SECRETS is this one:

Rownie stepped backward again. "No," he said. Now he haunted the tunnels. Now he was something to be afraid of.

2) Who is your favorite secondary character and why?

Will - Thomas the Tamlin (goblin) actor, because he is grumpy, eloquent, and curses like this: "I will write you into our next play! I will sculpt your face into grotesque caricatures and paste them onto small, ugly puppets! I'll pen your name into immortal verse, and for a thousand years it will be synonymous with ridicule and scorn!"

3) What is your favorite line or paragraph of description?

Will - The south side of the city was dusty. Rownie  tried not to step in any of the dust piles that littered the street. Every morning sweepers swept their houses, and they left large, brown piles outside their doorsteps. Every day the dust came slowly back inside and covered the floors. There was a kind of fish that swam in Southside dust, and a kind of bird that fished with their long beaks in the dust dunes. The lives of sweepers became interesting during dustfish spawning season.

4) What is your favorite line of dialogue?

Will - More cursing from Thomas: "I will have our artificer build a pair of gearworked ravens and they will croak your vile name outside your bedroom window, every night, at irregular intervals! You will never sleep again!" He lowered his voice then, but only a little. "Does anyone remember his name?"

5) What is your favorite chapter ending or cliffhanger?

Will - He found the goblin sign. It read:

A Troupe of Tamlin PLAYERS will Delight and Astound the Citizens of this Fair City at Dusk.
Discover their Stage in the CITY FAIRGROUNDS.
The stage will be Illuminated by Cunning Devices.
The Players will present the finest Performances of MIMICRY, MUMMERY, and VERSE, along with Feats of Musical and Acrobatic Skill to Delight every Eye and Ear.
Two Coppers per Audience Member.

He read it again. He still didn't believe it. He read it again.
Goblins were putting on a play. Nobody could put on a play. Nobody was allowed to put on a play, but goblins were going to. Maybe he could see some of the show before they all got arrested.
Rownie ran the rest of the way across the bridge, through music from fiddles and whistles and drums. His coat billowed behind him like a sail.

Congratulations Will on your debut novel, Goblin Secrets and for winning the National Book Award!

We appreciate you sharing your current favorites for Goblin Secrets.

Look for Will's second book, Ghoulish Song, which was just released March 5, 2013.

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