Today, we are featuring another exciting interview:
What did you enjoy most about writing these books?
It’s great to make something for the first time. Funny Fairy Tales are a new type of book. It works like an app and feels like someone is telling you a story. They are also a very quick read, a bit like a snack, something fun you read on the plane or waiting for the train. Kindle were very excited (and very helpful) when they saw it for the first time. We spoke on the phone twice a week to get the formatting right, and I love the results. So it’s a lot of fun.
What was the hardest part of writing these books?
I think each one of them was a challenge on its own. Definitely the hardest was Red Riding. It's my favourite fairy tale. I used to have wolf nightmares as a kid. When I first started writing, I would write for an hour, and then hate it and erase most of it, then start again. I love the results, and I love the wolf. I based him on two men I knew in my life who were such an inspiration to me. He's also based on so many myths I read about. I wish I could meet him for real.
Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
Cinderella surprised me. Right at the end, she suddenly did something so brave and unlike her original character. She stepped up and changed her life, seeking the help she needed to solve the problems I created for her. I didn't see that coming until the words came out of my pen (keyboard). I love surprises.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Next in the series is Hansel and Gretel. A couple of weeks ago, I asked my readers on Facebook which Fairy Tale they would like to have next. 200,000 people interacted with the post and the winner by popular demand is Hansel and Gretel. I'm so happy. I love it to bits (I'm a big fan of chocolate!) after that there are a few more I have in mind. It's going to be exciting.
Who are some of your favourite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Hmm... that's a tough one. I have so many to choose from. If I had to choose two, my favourite book is Jack London's Call of the Wild, which is so good I can hardly believe it was written. It is so convincing and it's written from the point of view of Buck, the dog who releases generations of being tame and becomes a wild wolf. London taught me that anything can be written. Mark Twain taught me that anything can be written funny!