And here we go:
What is the working title of your book?
The book I recently completed and am currently shopping is called A Sister to Butterflies. The book I'm working on now is the follow-up to my 2009 novel, A Mage of None Magic. The working title for it is The Book of Sediahm.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Butterflies examines the whys and wherefores of the making of a fairy godmother. Ever since I was little, I've been interested in all the things that happen in fairy tales just outside the frame — the practical, every day matters of life with which people would have to contend even in a magical setting.
What genre does your book come under?
Heck, I dunno. High fantasy? Epic fantasy? Fantastical fantasy? Regardless, it's a really good story.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
When writing the main character, Abigail, who narrates Butterflies, I alternated between hearing Julie Andrew's voice and Angela Landsbury's. But to actually portray on screen? No idea. Probably someone fair and a little freckly, like Saoirse Ronan ala Hanna.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A Sister to Butterflies chronicles the adventures that set a fairy godmother on her path, and the terrible mistakes that alter the destinies of those around her.
Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
None of the above. Yet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The better part of three years, I'd say.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I've been touting Butterflies as failing somewhere in the spectrum between Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
There were several inspirations, but mostly it simply demanded to be written and wouldn't leave me alone until it was done.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Despite the cliché the fairy godmother has become, only a single character in all the familiar fables can truly claim one. What makes that person special? And what might compel so wondrous a being to spend a lifetime in silent vigil, waiting for the perfect moment to set that person’s world to rights?
And that, as they say, is that. Thanks very much for stopping by. And please do continue on to any or preferably all of the authors below. Not only are they really good writers, but they're pretty great folks. I know they'd be happy to have you come and sit a spell. They are:
The lovely HC Playa;
The delightful Herika R Raymer;
And the effervescent Robert J. Krog.
Until next time.