I’d like to welcome Emily Casey and thank her for visiting on her blog tour!
Ivy has never liked mirrors. So of course, without warning, one of them sucks her into the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
When Ivy tries to escape her fairy tale prison, she breaks the wrong spell. Now Beast is not so gentle-on-the-inside and Beauty is falling for the wrong prince. Perfect.
Magic mirrors? Flushing chamber pots? Ivy is so there. Can she escape the fairy tale trap?
Why did you choose the Beauty and the Beast over other fairy tales?
The easy answer is: it’s my favorite fairy tale. And I just love the whole scary-castle feel and the enchantments. It gave me a lot to play with.
The Fairy Tale Trap is the first of three books. Can you tell us which fairy tale is featured in the next book and why you chose it?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses is next. I wanted one that had a larger cast and had lots of room for a romantic subplot. 🙂 If it goes well, I may even do more than three books.
What difficulties did you encounter while writing The Fairy Tale Trap?
Sticking to the fairy tales made the story boring. Ivy was just an observer. So, I had to shake things up a little. Once Ivy took over the story, some great things happened, plot-wise.
What is your favourite scene or what was most fun to write in The Fairy Tale Trap?
Haha… there’s a chamber pot scene that was a lot of fun to write. I also like the scene where a new prince walks into the story. He was… entertaining.
What are you reading right now? Are there any authors who have influenced you and your writing?
I’m reading the Heroes of Olympus series at the moment. (I’m a mythology nerd at heart.) Old, classic stories have obviously made an impact. I’ve always loved fairy tales. And I think Harry Potter has influenced every fantasy author. Gail Carson Levine is the author that sparked my desire to write, although I didn’t get into fairy tale retellings until a couple of years ago.
What do you like to read for fun?
I mostly stick to young adult fantasy, but I also like a little sci-fi or dystopian every now and then. And sometimes I stumble upon some great adult fiction (like Mercy Thompson).
What would you say is the best thing about being a writer?
Anyone who loves to read knows that feeling of playing in another world for a few hours. Being a writer is like that, except I get to explore several possibilities and then pick the best one.
When is the next book in the Ivy Thorn series going to be available?
I’m hoping summer 2012. I have the first draft done, but it’s going to need a lot of changes. I want The Fairy Tale Twist to be better than The Fairy Tale Trap.
Why did you decide to e-publish?
Long story short, I just found myself researching the world of self-publishing. I couldn’t learn enough about it. It wasn’t until later that I thought maybe I should do it myself.