First Bite: The Wicked Queen's Tale | Fantasy/Paranormal/Literary | 7/1/2011
First Bite reweaves the classic story of Snow White from the perspective of its diabolical villainess, one of the greatest in fairy tale lore. Told with the backdrop of magic, mystery, and centuries-old pagan lore, the story of a desperate Queen and an innocent princess is connected to a servant girl's secret past. As the evil prophecy ripens, their fates merge in an ending only a Magic Mirror could forsee.
Please tell us your latest news!
We have just released the second volume in our Dark Woods Trilogy. Called Gingerbread House, it is a dark re-telling of the classic Hansel and Gretel story, with a historical twist (and a touch of German opera).
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Jane Austen is one of my favorites, simply because her work is groundbreaking and timeless; I would say Charles Dickens is a close second for his Bleak House and A Christmas Carol (my latest romance with White Rose Publishing is a Christmas Carol-esque tale).
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was an English major in college, but always loved books. As a child, I read lots of classics and children's series and in college was lucky enough to go to England on a class trip. This isn't always an easy business to succeed in, but I was lucky enough to find a small press who loved my first novella and discover the self-publishing option on Amazon.
What main genre do you write in?
Please describe your writing environment.
A laptop balanced on my knees, a comfy loveseat, and lots of television for background! I watch everything from British miniseries to cheesy horror films -- the only time I have a "serious" sit-down writing session is with my writing partner to exchange notes or outlines.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Making myself do it. That is, turning an outline into a story. The characters in my head usually struggle to find their way onto the page. You have to resist the disappointment of the story's shortcomings compared to the "perfect" picture in your mind. Working with a partner has made it harder for me to avoid writing for other activities, however -- such as napping.
Do you like to mix genres?
Yes -- I find it sad, the concept of being limited to "one field only", especially if the writer isn't a defining name in that field. While mixing paranormal and regency, for instance, may seem a little strange, the outcome might be a brilliant novel that attracts hundreds of fans. While I've never mixed genres in a single work, per say, I love working both as a romance novelist, a fantasy novelist, and a writer of literature. My writing partner Sarah studied screenwriting before we teamed up, writing specs for medical dramas and cop shows instead of paranormal or romance.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm currently reading Michelle Davidson Argyle's "Cinders" -- a sequel to Cinderella about the not-as-happily-ever-after-as-it-seems adventure of the heroine. I like her work and love her blog, as well as her openness to crossing the genre lines.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
The first acceptance letter was an email from White Rose Publishing for my first book "Only in Novels". It was a definite thrill, even though it was only a short novel -- somehow that moment still seems more incredible than the acceptance letter I received this year for a bigger book with them.
What inspires your writing?
Lots of things. Movies, coincidences, certain moments in songs, novels, and plays, random items in flea markets. There's a story to be told in almost anything or any scenario. My writing partner sometimes drafts ideas based on artwork or pictures.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have a cat that serves as a writing Muse, sitting behind me while I'm typing -- and she's always present for the digital upload of an indie book!
Signing Out: Laura Briggs