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Stone Soup contributor Lena Aloise, 12, talks with Stone Soup contributor and winner of the Stone Soup Book Contest 2020 Tristan Hui, 14, about her novel The Other Realm, published on September 1st, 2021. The two also talk about the value of Stone Soup, the nature of inspiration, and the importance of writing as a means of exploring foreign concepts.

If you'd prefer a more streamlined video, take a look at Tristan's book page.

0:20 — How did you first get involved with Stone Soup

1:11 — When submitting to the magazine, would you say you prefer to submit writing, art, or both?

1:57 — What do you feel was the most important skill you learned from the Writing Workshop

2:40 — Where do you get your inspiration, more specifically for your novel The Other Realm?

4:22 — Is there a specific play or theater production from which you draw inspiration?

5:35 — Are characters such as Azalea Morroe inspired by people in your own life?

7:09 — Has writing always been a part of your life/how long have you been writing?

8:39 — Was The Other Realm the first novel/long form fiction piece you'd ever written?

9:28 — What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing The Other Realm?

11:31 — What advice would you give your past self in order to help yourself get through the hard parts?

12:41 — What was your favorite part about writing The Other Realm?

14:01 — Not including your revising processes, how long did it take you to write your novel from start to finish?

15:41 — What would you say is the primary thing you want readers to take away from The Other Realm?

16:48 — If you could tell somebody about Stone Soup, what would you say?


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