Frequently Asked Questions...
Thank you so much! I do too! I was so happy when I saw the cover for THE FAERIE RING for the first time! Usually authors do not have any input in the design of their covers, but I’m very fortunate that my editor did ask my opinion. I was pretty specific about the things I thought should be included and even did some mock-ups of my own and included other covers I liked. I was lucky enough that they listened and really came up with the perfect cover. As you read the book, you can flip back to the cover and see things that maybe you didn’t notice at first. As for THE TORN WING, I designed that one myself.
Was it difficult to get this book published?
It is hard to get a book published. I have rejection letters just like everybody else. But you can never give up!! I kept working at my craft, taking classes, joining critique groups, reading other work, practicing, practicing, practicing and I was lucky enough to get an agent. It took her about nine months to sell THE FAERIE RING.
A lot of books, especially YA ones, are being turned into movies. How do you feel about book-to-movie adaptations? Would you want The Faerie Ring to be adapted?
That’s an interesting question. I didn’t want the Harry Potter books to be made into movies because I didn’t think they could do the world justice, but then the first one came out and I totally LOVED it. I read Twilight and loved the first book but I hated that movie. So you never know. I guess if the movie was well-done and believable it would be kind of fun to see THE FAERIE RING on film.
Are you currently working on a new book? The other books of the series I guess?
I just finished a YA contemporary story called THE LAST DANCE that I *think* will be out before Christmas. I've included the cover below. I'm also working on Book 3 of The Faerie Ring series: THE SEVEN YEAR KING plus a time-travel thriller.
So far, what has been your most gratifying moment as an author?
You know, I used to think the most exciting / gratifying part of this path to publication would be when I saw my cover and it would all be real – but that’s not been the best part at all. Honestly – it’s the notes I get from readers and bloggers, who are so excited for this book – THAT is the very best part of being an author. I’ve ‘met’ people from all over the world, that I would otherwise never have had an opportunity to meet and they’re fascinating – I count myself VERY lucky for this opportunity.
I kind of felt like vampires had been done a million different ways, werewolves don’t interest me personally, mermaids are so limited and ghosts are a whole different sort of entity. But I like the idea of another world existing side by side with the real world, and the world of Faerie exists in the same airspace, just in a different dimension – one that often intersects with our own world – which was perfect for the story I wanted to tell. Plus, I grew up with the idea of faeries being these small little glittery things like Tinkerbell, and I loved turning that idea on its head and considering that they could motivated by greed and lust and revenge.
Can you tell us a little about your road to publication?
Your book is set in Victorian London. What made you decide to choose this setting and what kind of research did this entail?
What was the writing process like for you? Did you have a specific writing structure or plan that you adhered to?
The characters in the Faerie Ring sound absolutely fascinating- especially Tiki, who happens to be a pickpocket and an orphan living in an abandoned clockmaker's shop. Where did the inspiration for your characters come from?
Well, I wish I had a great answer for that one. I started the story knowing I wanted to write about a girl pickpocket and Tiki just appeared. I had her living in the abandoned clockmaker’s shop and as I was doing my research I found out that there actually had been a clockmaker’s shop in Charing Cross back in the 1860’s. After Tiki had stolen the Queen’s ring I started wondering what would happen if somebody else wanted the ring. Then Tiki told me what happened next. However, I have to say, Larkin is another of my favorite characters. That girl is complicated.
Which of your characters are based most on people that you know?
The Faerie Ring is the first in series of four books. Did you know right from the start that there would be more than one book?
No, when I wrote The Faerie Ring it was just a story I was writing. I had no intention of making it a series. But when I got to the end, I realized the story wasn’t over – it was just beginning. I’m not totally sure if the series will be three books, four books, or more – stay tuned!
What do you think makes your book different to any other YA historical fantasy novel out there?
As an author, what do you think is the most important message that a cover should relay? Should a cover be succinct to the novel’s message? Allude to something? Or should it just catch someone’s attention, no matter what it looks like?
Is it daunting knowing that you’ve put your heart and soul into your work and it’s going to be out there for people to read and judge?
What’s the best advice you’d give to someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps and become a writer?
Why not set the story in present time? What was it about 1871 in London that made you choose it?
I love the mystery of Victorian London and the idea of pickpockets living this alternate lifestyle – sort of unseen within the City. It is a magical and mystical time in history with tremendous technological change but where people still believed in magic and mysticism. I picked the exact year of 1871 because that is the year that Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, was 18.
What do you like most about being a writer?