Rainbow Grey Blog Tour: Author Interview with Laura Ellen Anderson

Hello everybody! Today, I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for Laura Ellen Anderson’s new release Rainbow Grey, which was such a fun read, with an interview. If you’d like to read my review, you can do so in this weather-themed post here. Onto the post!

1. First off, can you describe your writing for us in 5 words? 

Energetic, Animated, Funny, Silly… Alliterative! 

The worldbuilding in your newest book Rainbow Grey is so incredible, I absolutely loved it. What gave you the idea for the book, and how did you go about creating it? 

I’ve always been fascinated by the weather – I mean, who isn’t?! Especially rainbows… beyond the science is a glimmer of magic. They give us hope, and you can’t help but smile when you see a rainbow stretching across the sky.  Ten years ago, I drew a rainbow-haired girl running through the air beside a little cloud-cat. I imagined a group of magical beings who created and controlled the weather, but I didn’t have a story for them… YET. 

Ten years later, I revisited the idea of this Rainbow character, and began to develop a whole other world in the skies where they could live. I have always been desperate to write and illustrate a book involving MAGIC (which I now realise is SO much harder than I thought it would be!) But I wanted to come up with a magic system unique to my world – I didn’t just want my characters to blast weather from their fingertips, so that’s when I began to experiment and visualise interesting ways the characters could create the weather magic they possessed; whether it be drawing snowflakes with beautiful gloves to form snowy displays, or using a shepherd style crook to guide cloud-creatures and create the fluffy white splodges you see in the sky today… or even making a HUGE sunflower glow to give the Earth it’s light. 

I had SO much fun building and developing Ray’s world; her friends, her family, the locations… and it was a GREAT excuse to include another super cute sidekick like Amelia Fang’s Squashy the pumpkin  – I am hoping Nim the cloud-cat captures the hearts of my Squashy-loving fans!

One of my other favourite parts of the book was Ray`s wonderful cloud cat, and I loved Squashy in the Amelia Fang books too. Who are your top 3 literary sidekicks? 

Colin the Spider (from Mr Penguin by Alex T Smith)

Colin is just brilliant. He’s the perfect sidekick to the curious, brave and adventurous Mr Penguin. Colin does not speak, but communicates by writing on a large notepad he seemingly whips out of nowhere. Colin helps Mr Penguin out of sticky situations and he is exceedingly good at a ferocious kung fu kick!

Pantalaimon (from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman)

Pantalaimon (or Pan) is the animal daemon of the brave and feisty protagonist, Lyra Belacqua. He shapeshifts into any form he pleases but is often a snow-white ermine. Pantalaimon is almost a portrayal of Lyra’s inner thoughts and feelings; perhaps the emotions she chooses not to show, and he often questions Lyra’s actions, like her sub-conscious. Pantalaimon is sweet and caring, but also cautious and a bit of a worrier like me!

Fran the Fairy (from Witch Wars by Sibéal Pounder)

I was lucky enough to illustrate this book, and ADORED drawing Fran the Fairy created by Sibéal Pounder. Fran is confident, loud and just FABULOUS. Everything is glitter, glamour and LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION for this theatrical little fairy. She brings humour and positivity to the page, and not to mention ridiculous and laugh-out-loud moments. Her dialogue is shaper and witty, and her character development over the series of Witch Wars books is brilliantly thought out. I’d definitely want Fran as my fairy godmother style sidekick!

The ending of Rainbow Grey is SO EXCITING. Can you let any secrets slip about the next book in the series? 

I WISH I could, but that would be TELLING… But I CAN say that we will see much more of Ray’s new and colourful magic. We will meet some brand-new characters and learn more about how the weather world works. Ray will face some BIG challenges along the way as she tries to solve a sky-shaking mystery that threatens one particular type weather magic, and Ray has to figure out what’s going on before this weather magic is lost forever!


Favourite type of weather?   A light thunderstorm, with rainbows and sunshine afterwards. 

Type of weather magic you most want to have?  Hmmm, CLOUD magic so I could have my own cloud-companion!

Nim or Squashy? (I know this is mean, sorry Laura!)  OH nooooooo – can I just say SQUIM???

Thank you so much for reading! What’s your favourite kind of weather? Are you planning to pick this up? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x


Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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