by Noemi Arellano-Summer

When I was a child, I would always be looking for mysterious paths on camping trips, or secret passages in unfamiliar houses. I wanted to find—if not an entirely different world—something out of the ordinary, and secret. Fiction where characters do enter other worlds is generally called portal fantasy, and the most well-known example is probably C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Four siblings crawl into another world through the back of a wardrobe, and have marvelous adventures. However, what happens when children come back from their worlds, wanting to go back and unable to?

A few months ago, I happened across an author profile on Goodreads. A sucker for time travel fiction, I was immediately intrigued and looked up the author’s list of works (and how quickly I could get them from Amazon), and eventually reached out to see if she’d answer some questions about her writing. See what she has to say about Rising Shadows, her writing, Robin Hood, and what she’s working on next! -TC