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Welcome to Interview With A Writer! It’s exactly like Interview With A Vampire, except with fewer vampires. Unless my guest today is a vampire, in which case you guys should probably read this while wearing a scarf made of garlic. Or something. I’m not very well versed on vampires. Which is why I’m interviewing one.
How about we just find out so we can either breathe a little easier or run and hide?
Emily: Like you, I don’t know much about vampires. I wouldn’t know how to check. But now I’m paranoid.
You and me both. I think I'll wear my garlic scarf just in case.
Let's continue on to a proper, professional interview, shall we? Proper and professional - me? Hahahaha! I feel I should probably apologize for what’s about to happen, Emily. I’m not guaranteeing this interview will be a disaster (I’m truly hoping for a smooth ride) but in case of an emergency, life vests are located under your seat. If, at any time, you want to exit this interview, doors are located at the rear and middle of this blog.
I recommend that everyone fasten their seatbelts and get ready to meet writer Emily Casey!
The Fairy Tale Trap. What six words best describe this story?
Emily: Sarcastic teenager gets stuck in fairytale. Like how I left out a space to make it one word? I’m a writer. I make my own rules.
SG: I did like how you did that. And I love a girl who plays by her own rules. Okay, now using flowcharts and toothpicks and hand-puppets, tell us a little about the story. Or you could just use sentences. That’d probably be better.
Emily: Ivy’s a military brat who’s scared of mirrors. (I’m not kidding.) Turns out, mirrors are scary and one of them sucks her into a fairy tale (Beauty and the Beast) She has to make it through the fairy tale to get back home.
SG: A new twist on an old favorite. I love it. How did you come up with the idea for The Fairy Tale Trap?
Emily: I read this story called Beauty and the Beast. It sounded familiar, but I totally ripped it off. Ivy is my inner child and I just stuck the two together.
SG: Your main character, Ivy is quite spunky and tenacious. Is she based on anybody you know?
Emily: She’s just one of the voices that lives in my head. Nothing too exciting about that.
SG: How long did it take you to write The Fairy Tale Trap? Did you have people read it and give you feedback before publishing it? If so, how do you deal with constructive criticism – did it ever make you want to sit in the corner and eat your hair? Did you make any major changes based on the feedback you received?
Emily: It took about a year. I got lots of feedback and I chose to keep the good suggestions. The bad ones I sorta just ignored. ;) Someone recommended I kill either Beauty or Beast. (I didn’t.) But it gave me an idea that changed the course of the story. When Ivy breaks the fountain? Yeah. That’s where the story branches off from the first draft. I’m not kidding.
I’m not a big fan of human hair, so I just pulled it out and made a nest out of it for the birds that live in my back yard.
SG: Make a nest for the birds! That is genius. And much better than birds actually living in your hair, which happens to me far too often.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Emily: Write a crappy first draft, then revise. You’d be surprised how helpful that is. Go ahead. Try it. I’ll wait.
SG:Write crappy? That's all I have to do? I'm great at that!
Moving on. Why is my hair so shiny?...You don’t have to answer that. My dogs kept begging me to ask that question and I told them it wasn’t appropriate but they just Would. Not. Stop. Speaking of dogs, when I walk down the stairs, Evil Cody bats my ankles with his paws like he’s trying to trip me. Do you think he’s just having fun or trying to kill me?
Emily: Maybe he’s trying to see who’s more dominant. (Dogs do that.) Dominant dogs never trip or poop. I think the appropriate response is to pee all over him. That’s what I would do.
SG: Pee on him. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? I have a feeling you have just changed my life forever.
I should probably get back on topic...
Which fairy tale would you hate to be trapped in?
Emily: Cinderella. How would you like to choose between a life of slavery or being married to someone who couldn’t remember what you looked like? He had to find you based on your SHOE SIZE?! Come on.
SG: I never thought about it like that before. That prince is such a dolt!
Tell me, which fairy tale character would you most like to have lunch with?
Emily: I think Snow White would be the best cook. Wasn’t she always making pies? I like pie.
SG: What is your favorite thing about writing?
Emily: My kids don’t know what I’m doing. It’s like my secret hideout.
SG: What do you like the least about writing?
Emily: I don’t like the way it makes my brain feel like mush. It can take hours to get it to gel afterward.
SG: What are your three favorite words?
Emily: prism, penultimate, phantasmagorical. I don’t know why they all start with “p”.
SG: Hold on while I get a dictionary to look those last two up...
What inspires you?
Emily: Lately, it’s been music. Sometimes the right song paints a scene in my head.
SG: Have you seen my boots? They’re the hot pink ones with the gold trim. The last time I remembering seeing them, I was trapped in an elevator with a monkey and a… Never mind, I just remembered where they are. I think I’ll leave them there.
Emily: Good. Cause if I got to them first, I... never mind.
SG: Hmm, what makes me think I won't get them back?
How do you deal with the dreaded writer’s block?
Emily: Chop the block into tinder and burn, baby, burn! (Fortunately, my blocks are made of wood.)
SG: You e-published The Fairy Tale Trap to Smashwords. What advice do you have for other writers who are planning to publish to Smashwords?
Emily: Read the style guide!
SG: Your book is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Did you have to publish separately to each one?
Emily: Just Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords sends it to B&N, iTunes, and a bunch of other places. It’s pretty much my slave.
SG: Who is your favorite author?
Emily: Gail Carriger. No... Patricia Briggs, I think. I have a few.
SG: In a fight between a unicorn and a velociraptor, who do you think would win?
Emily: I know how to pronounce unicorn, so I’ll go with that.
SG: Good choice. What are you working on now and how long do I have to wait to read your next book?
Emily: Cinderella and Zombies is with beta readers. I’m starting draft 2 of The Fairy Tale Twist. I’m guessing it’ll be done it August. It takes a loooong time to revise.
SG: Indeed it does!
Well folks, we’ve arrived at our destination. There was some turbulence but nobody had to use a life vest so I think we can call this interview a success. A special thanks to Emily for being here. She is obviously one cool chick to put up with my shenanigans.
I had so much fun reading The Fairy Tale Trap! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale of all time and I so enjoyed this fresh twist on a classic story.
You guys wanna hear something really exciting? Emily has generously offered two free copies to my readers!!! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite fairy tale and I will randomly pick two winners and announce them on Friday! Other acceptable comments include telling me why my hair is so shiny, or if you’d be willing to go get my hot pink boots. I decided I really do want them after all (although it sounds like you might have to fight Emily for them). And of course mentioning bacon is always acceptable.
For those who don’t win, you can purchase The Fairy Tale Trap for just $2.99! And don’t worry, you don’t have to have a Nook or Kindle to read it. You can download it to your computer or phone (assuming, of course, you have a phone that connects to the Interwebs); it only takes seconds!
You can stalk Emily on twitter at @EmilyCaseysMuse or on her website Emily Casey.
Thank you again, Emily, for being here. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Can’t wait to read the next one!