For a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a fresh blend of historical fiction and fairy tale, a â€œSnow Whiteâ€ set in 1930s West Virginia.
Here is an excerptÂ fromÂ this Jane YolenÂ interview that The Horn Book Magazine called Five Questions for Jane Yolen. Of those five questions, I especially liked her answer to number 4, so I’ve pasted it below.
4.Do you believe in magic?
JY: I believe there are prestidigitators who can do card tricks and saw-the-woman-in half tricks. I believe there are politicians who can make us believe up is down and wrong is right. I believe there are preachers who try to sell us a mess of pottage.
And then I believe that an owl in flight, a hawk in stoop, an otter rising out of the duckweed, a triple rainbow over the Isle of May, the New Jersey skyline as seen from the Highline in Manhattan on a night of the full moon, the small greenings of spring, honeybees on a blossom, and a newbornâ€™s finger curled around mine are small everyday miracles, another word for ordinary magic. And that I believe in.
Oh â€” and if anyone can show me a real fairy, or a ghost, or a unicorn, I am so there . . . .
I like what she says about “ordinary magic.” Sometimes in the early morning, when the mist is clinging to the mountain rangeÂ outside my window, I could believe in almost anything. Â So what’s your stance on magic?Â Are you a believer?
P.S. I am an ex-shrink who writes novels, and I believe in magic. Check out my books here.