Monday, November 6, 2017

“Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13” by B. Roman

Book Spotlight

1)      What is the title of your book?
“Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13” 
PERFECT FOR Age Level: 7 - 18 and Grade Level: 3 - 12
Ø  What is the story about?
·  It’s about a little girl’s quest to find the perfect lamp with “personality” for her bedroom while shopping with her mother in Walker’s Department Store. 
·  A dazzling star atop a Christmas tree transports her on a magical adventure up a golden elevator to the 13th floor.  Here, she finds a group of lamps and light bulbs who come from sad or silly circumstances and hope to become glorious stars in the sky - after they pass a rigorous test of their personality, given by Carelia the Light Goddess.  
Ø  Who is the main character?
·  Her name is Alicia, and she’s about 9 or 10 years old. 
2)     What inspired this tale?
Ø  How did the story come to you?
·  In a rather strange way.  Years ago, I did a lot of spiritual exploration, and my quirky mind thought, “Did you ever wonder how people are like light bulbs?”  And, I actually wrote an essay on this personal question, called “Reaching for the White Light.” (I recently posted this on my Goodreads page which your followers can read)
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
·  No, it was purely an inspired endeavor.
3)     Do you relate to your character?
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
·  Yes.  I believe she is.
ü   If yes, then how?
o   Well, she certainly is curious and willing to delve into the metaphysical, although, at her age, I don’t think she even knows what she’s doing in that respect. (Neither do I)  It just comes naturally to her.
Ø  What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
·  Again, it just popped into my head.  Subconsciously, I think I was writing a “cosmic Alice in Wonderland.”  Instead of falling down a rabbit hole to some pretty dark and scary adventures, my Alicia is transported upward, and has rewarding and enlightening experiences with very charming characters.
ü   What should readers know about this character?
o   She is feisty in some ways, willing to take chances and really wants to be friends and help the Light Bulbs without thinking only of herself.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
o   I think deep down she represents my own belief in something magical and larger than myself.  I like to believe in transformative experiences that will lead me to my own personal goals.  Like having success as a writer, but also being a good writer who works to give as much value as it does entertainment. 
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
·  Oh, she is very good.  She listens, evaluates, and comes up with solutions to her light bulb friends’ situations, and ultimately, it benefits her, as well.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
·  To go home.  To leave the Star Factory and get back to Walker’s Department store and her mother, and to find that perfect lamp!
4)    Is there anything you specific want readers to know about this piece of work?
It’s an enchanting tale of friendship, courage, and realizing your star potential through the magic of believing. 
Ø  Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
·       There are quite a few underlying ethical components here: about not being a bully, being compassionate toward others’ personal frailties, being respectful and thoughtful, and finding one’s inner strength to overcome adversity.
5)     Is this novel a standalone?
Yes.  It’s a short book - about 51 pages - with beautiful illustrations by Vladimir Cebu.
6)    Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book?
Email:  moonsinger2013@yahoo.com
Twitter: @BMoonSinger1
Purchase on Amazon at:  http://mybook.to/AliciaLightBulbPeople

6 comments:

  1. Young people,as well as mature ones need to be reminded of the lessons here, magic, hope, compassion, and believing in ones self..speaking for myself, I think i will read and then read it with my granddaughter, who still believes in magic!

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    1. What a lovely comment. I do hope you let me know how you and your granddaughter enjoy the book and what you like most about the story. It was one that came from my heart.

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