We’re thrilled to be talking to Mama Ringtail from North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
I like how I was portrayed. The author set me in an environment that I feel comfortable with, natural and green, so I could be myself. Raccoons are very family oriented, so being able to spend so much time with my son and partner exploring the natural world felt great!
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My strongest trait is my ability to live in a world that is constantly changing but stay in the present moment at the same time.
Oh, I suppose I could be better at making plans for the future.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Angelina Jolie as a voice over.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I can’t say that I felt nervous. There were no warning signs that our adventures were going to go sideways. Although, I was a bit concerned when Papa and Baby Ringtail were so close to the grizzly bears.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I think it would be hard to be Baby Ringtail. Children are so dependent on the environment they find themselves growing up in. It’s a wild world out there!
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
It ends as it should, with a feeling of security and safety.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I would say to keep true to the heart and let that guide the story.
Thank you for this interview, Mama Ringtail. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Yes you will. In fact, I can be found in the two other titles that make up the Ringtail Series, the Book of Love and the Book of Wishes.
Amazon soft cover: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Dreams-The-Ringtail-Family/dp/0978295587
Sylvie Michaud is a North Vancouver, BC based writer and graphic designer. After years as a writer, editor and designer for The Canadian Red Cross Society newsletter, “The Responder”, Sylvie has gone on to write for several other groups & magazines including Pacific Yachting, GardenWise and the North Shore’s own Lynn Valley Literary anthology, “Wintertide.”
In 2011, Sylvie won the Lynn Valley Literary Society’s short story contest for “Fire and Fortune.”
In addition to her literary background, Sylvie is the ower of Blackbarn Crafts where she designs, produces and sells handmade crafts for crafts shows and other online venues.