How did you come up with the idea for Fairy Tale Trap?
Long story short, I wanted to put a casual, spunky teen into some short fiction for my blog. Fairy tales were the perfect answer (since I love them and they’re short), but blog post-sized fiction wasn’t cutting it. So Ivy got her own novel. I just had to tweak the rules of the magic and her home life a bit.
Why do you love writing?
If I didn’t write, I’d go nuts. Whenever I take a break from writing, my head fills with crazy ideas for stories and characters and worlds. But when I write regularly, I get all that creative energy out and I can relax the rest of the day. (Okay, not really.)
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Sometimes it feels like I’m not the one coming up with what’s on the page. I live for those moments when I surprise myself.
What do you love to do besides write?
Read, run, and tweet. I kind of go through phases where I pick up an interest and dive in head-first. So whatever it is, I’m usually learning something about that interest. (It’s usually embarrassing stuff like couponing or freezer cooking.)
She makes me laugh. Ivy says what’s on her mind (like most teenagers) and she’s got this snarky sense of humor that you can’t help but smile at.
You say she was born on your blog. How did that happen?
I was pregnant and my brain felt so fuzzy, I didn’t want to worry about writing a novel. A friend of mine suggested I put some short fiction on my blog. I thought my readers might like that, and so Ivy was born. She went through fairy tales, just trying to change something—anything—so she could get home. She once told the evil queen not to poison Snow White, but to just make her ugly. It made so much more sense!
How do you find the time to write while being a mother?
Nap time is sacred. :)
What’s next for you in terms of writing?
I’m working on a novella that’s very different from The Fairy Tale Trap. I’m giving it the appropriate title: Cinderella and Zombies.
After that, I’ll do the sequel to The Fairy Tale Trap: The Fairy Tale Twist, which I’m really excited about.
Why do you like to run?
I’m happier when I’ve had my daily dose of endorphins and I write faster, too.
Beauty and the Beast, of course!
Thanks for the great questions!
Thanks for agreeing to do the guest post, Emily. And be sure to check out the giveaway everybody. Trust me this book is great.