An Interview with a Barn Owl!

As many of you know,  Colin and I released a book of stories for children of all ages, “The Odessa Chronicles” recently.  Colin has been sharing excerpts from the book on his blog and I am happy to share them with my followers as well.

The stories center around the adventures of an amazing group of friends. A Barn owl, a cat, a jackalope and a man-servant. Characters that are so much more than just characters in a book. They developed their own minds and attitude and we really learned a lot from them!

Being that they are real, it made sense for Colin to have the great idea to interview Odessa, the delightful and witty Barn Owl. The following excerpt is taken from “The Odessa Chronicles”, of an interview that Colin had with Odessa after a rather dramatic adventure that she had. I hope you enjoy it, for how many times do you get to read an interview with an Owl?

Odessa Interview No.1

Colin: Welcome, Odessa, and thank you so much for agreeing to meet with me to chat about the epic story “Odessa’s Journey”.

Odessa: No problem, Colin. I had a great time, and I totally trusted that you would ensure no harm came to me.

Colin: Once you knew that I was having you leave the farm, what did you think?

Odessa: Well, I had no idea what to think, because I had not seen the later parts of the story. In fact, I don’t think that you had even written the ending at that time.

Colin: I thought it was a nice idea to have Hermione bid you farewell before you took flight over the Big Water.

Odessa: Yes, that was nice. I really like Hermione and her mom, but then … they are also Barn Owls!

Colin: How did you feel about being written into a flight over the Big Water, when nobody knew how big it was?

Odessa: Well, it was a scary thought at first, but again, I had to trust that you would keep me safe.

Colin: Towards the end of your first flight over the Big Water, things were getting pretty desperate. What were you thinking then?

Odessa: At the time that I was struggling to stay in the air, I was a little worried as to how you were going to keep me from hitting the water, but I had to trust you. Of course I knew that you would not want my story to end that quickly as it had so much potential didn’t it.

Colin: What did you think about the idea of bringing your mom into the story to save you from crashing into the water?

Odessa: Oh, that was lovely. As I never knew my mom in the traditional sense, it was so nice to meet her, if only in spirit. I was rather surprised, when I read the story, that my dad had no place in it. What happened there?

Colin: Good point, Odessa, and it was a simple oversight. When the story was finished, and most of it had been posted in Carolyn’s Blog, I realized that I had missed an opportunity to expand on the story. However, perhaps I can write your dad into a future story. Any thoughts about your return journey that you would like to share?

Odessa: Well, yes … you could have gone into a lot more detail. You could have included me seeing Florence coming towards me and taking my weight as she tried to fly me home. You could have described us falling into the water from my perspective, and then how I saw little Hermione coming up, and how she tried to keep us afloat. You could have covered me seeing the boat getting ever closer, and then hearing Dewey and Jaxon, and finally, how the man-servant pulled me and Florence out of the water. You really did miss out on lots of points of interest, and after all, you did call this “Odessa’s Journey” so I think that I should have been the focus throughout the story!

Colin: You make some good points, Odessa, but the thing is, Carolyn was being a bit of a pain, always wanting to know when it was going to end, so I tried to compromise between writing a good story and keeping it as condensed as possible. Perhaps next time I won’t say anything until it is completely done. How about the reunion at the farm, Odessa? Did you like it?

Odessa: I was so relieved when I saw what you had written in those last two parts. Anything was possible, of course, but I really wanted to be back in the farmhouse, and later go back to the barn with Jaxon. Oh … before I forget … thanks so much for letting me challenge the man-servant again. I love doing that. I love giving him a hard time!

Colin: Well, Odessa, it was a pleasure, and a little unusual, to be talking to a character in a book … and a Barn Owl at that, but I enjoyed hearing your views on the story.

Odessa: No problem, Colin. It was a little unusual for me too, given that you not only orchestrated my whole journey, but also wrote this complete interview. It was my pleasure to be your Barn Owl in the story.


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