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Fiona Snyckers Discusses Trinity Luhabe, the Protagonist of Her Trinity Series

Trinity On AirTrinity RisingKelly Ansara interviewed Fiona Snyckers for her blog, It’s a Book Thing.

Snyckers named the Lucia series by EF Benson and Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford as the books she wishes she had written herself. She then spoke about how Trinity Luhabe, her protagonist from Trinity On Air and Trinity Rising, came from her imagining what her time at university would have been like if she’d been “someone frivolous, light-hearted and bent on having fun, rather than the more serious academic type” that she was.

It’s been a rather quiet kitchen these past few months, as the world of book settles in the shelves and the kitchen ovens fire up. Welcome back to Author’s Pie – I am so excited to introduce a Stalwart of local fiction writing, Fiona Snyckers; Author, Journalist, Mother, and Twitteratti.

1) Which of your favourite books do you wish you had written, or wish you’d live up to?
I wish I’d written the ‘Lucia’ series by E.F. Benson and ‘Red Sky at Morning’ by Richard Bradford. The ‘Lucia’ books are my idea of the perfect series, featuring a strong, flawed and hilarious woman protagonist. I have read them over and over again and never get tired of visiting Lucia’s world. For me, ‘Red Sky at Morning’ is the ultimate coming-of-age novel. It is intelligent, sensitive, funny and full of heart. If I could write a book half as good and memorable as that, it would be a wonderful legacy to leave.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    March 13th, 2013 @13:26 #
     
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    Modjaji Books is delighted to be publishing the next Trinity Luhabe book in the series, called Team Trinity. It is in fact a prequel and is set when Trinity is still in high school. More soon ...

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 13th, 2013 @14:41 #
     
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    Wow, lovely to see old friends reaffirming their bond in new ways! Hope it's a great succes.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    March 13th, 2013 @17:02 #
     
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    It's a case of the usual suspects, dear Richard -- I edited the most recent Trinity prequel, a boarding-school romp with heart and wit. It was huge fun, and (no surprises here), it was lovely to work with Fiona. She had a secret weapon: her thirteen-year-old daughter acted as fact-checker and proofreader!

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 13th, 2013 @18:07 #
     
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    Excellent! Sounds like fun. Although I know how exacting 13-year-olds can be. A Mini Moffett, no doubt.

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