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How did you come up with the idea for UnEnchanted?
UnEnchanted was my Nanowrimo project of 2010. I wrote 95% percent of the book in November and then finalized the last chapter a few months later. It was the child of a plot exercise I did with my husband one day during lunch. I love rewriting Fairy Tales and because I couldn’t decide which story to retell, I decided to write about the Brother’s Grimm, because it gives me access to ALL of my favorite tales.
Which came first the TV Show Grimm or your book?
My book was written and entered in the National Novel Writing Month project in 2010, and was being queried to agents BEFORE the TV show came out. After a year of agent rejections I decided to publish the book myself in December of 2011. So technically both. I wrote the book before the show, tried to get an agent for a year, and then finally I published it in December of 2011.
Will there be another book after Forever An Unfortunate Fairy Tale?
I have ideas for a few more books in the future, but I’m in the middle of two other series right now, so it’s currently on hold. I don’t see another book from this series for a few years.
How did you get started writing?
I was a stay at home mom raising my twins and I was about to lose my mind from boredom. I needed a creative outlet. So I wrote The Iron Butterfly and it’s sequel. Then, I wrote UnEnchanted and I began my fourth project Underland. In total, I had written almost four whole books before I even thought about self publishing.
Is the Iron Butterfly Series finished?
Yes. Thalia’s story arc is currently done. I don’t have plans to continue writing books in this world.
Would you come to my Author Event?
It depends. I’ve cut back on signings to focus more on writing. It all depends on when it is and if it fits into my schedule.
Why isn’t it your newest release at iBooks, BN, KOBO yet?
Because I use an ebook distributer, to digitally send out all of my books to the different retailers. It’s a middle man that handles all of the details for me, and they have different requirements and shipping dates. And then each individual retailer has their own digital requirements and review dates. It can take anywhere from 1 day to 2 months for a book to appear.
In UnEnchanted you mentioned three Fairy Tales but I can only figure out two, was that an accident?
No, Mina completed three quests. Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and…….? Guess. My intention was to make you want to pick up the Grimm Fairy Tale books and try to find the third story she completed. Also by finding the correct story, you would get hints as to what the Grimoire really is, so I didn’t want to actually name the tale. It is not one of the most popular tales, but it is one of the tales listed on Wikipedia. That is all the hints I will give you. Want to find it? Click here.
If I send you my Story will you read it?
Unfortunately No. I don’t have time to read anyone else’s work, I barely have time to write my own. So even if you send it to me multiple times, I will never read it.
Do you give out ARC’s? Advance Reading Copies for Reviews.
No. The only people who see my unfinished books are my very few close friend beta readers and my editor. My husband doesn’t even get an ARC. And it’s just something that I’ve never done mostly because I’m still writing or editing until the day before the book is due.
Can I send you my headshot and can you notify me of auditions for when this becomes a movie?
Believe me, I wish I could handle the casting, but I’m not organized enough to hold onto resumes, head shots, or audition hopefuls…especially for years. Sorry, that wouldn’t even be handled by me, if a movie was made. That’s the job of casting agents.
Can you give me any writing advice?
1. Read, Read, and then read some more.
If you love to read, then you have the potential to be a great writer or storyteller. I’ve never considered myself a great writer. In fact, I think I’m downright awful. But I consider myself a fantastic storyteller.
2. Get a great editor.
I learned this the hard way. Hire a great editor. A phenomenal editor is worth their weight in gold.
3. You need a to have a phenomenal concept.
Just because you wrote a book, doesn’t mean you will sell it and make money. In fact, it is quit the opposite. Most likely, it will sit on a digital shelf collecting cyber dust. But hey at least your wrote a book! Which is more than most people. I uploaded UnEnchanted just for fun, (without spell-checking) and it hit the charts within days. That is NOT the norm.
My favorite book series is The Iron Butterfly, because it’s written in first person and it’s epic fantasy. But it doesn’t sell. My least favorite book is UnEnchanted, because I struggle with third person and tenses, and I felt like I almost burnt myself out by writing it in 3 weeks, but that is everyone’s favorite. What can you do?
4. Don’t read your reviews!!!!
I feel that reading bad reviews and ratings is almost like submitting yourself to cyber bullying. There are people who will rip your book to shreds, rip you as an author apart and tell you your horrible etc. It will make it hard to gain confidence in yourself or keep writing. Some days I lay in bed and go “what did I do? I’m a horrible author…so and so just said so!” And I will find it very difficult to continue writing, but then I remind myself of all the teens and adults who want to know what’s going to happen next and I get up and continue the story. Telling myself everyday, I can do it! I’m a storyteller.
Just read your fan mail and the comments on your blog or website! It is way more ENCOURAGING!!!!
5. Yes, a cover does sell a book!
Please, please don’t make the cover yourself. Try and find someone who loves to play in photoshop, or a graphic design student, who wants to add to his or her portfolio. Find something that looks great as a thumbnail, because be honest with yourself, you thumb through your phone looking at the pictures to decide if you are going to stop and read the blurb.
6. Don’t give up.
Not every book is meant to be a best seller. But every story deserves to be a book. Find yourself a support group of other writers.