Author Interview: Emily Casey
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Hi, Emily. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. I am honored and pleased to have you here on my blog.
Would you take a moment and introduce yourself to us?
Sure. I’m a stay-at-home mom, but I’ve always had a close relationship with my to-read pile. Aside from writing, I love Doctor Who and chocolate. (Having both at the same time is even better.)
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing novels for 5 years. The bug bit just after I got married, so I blame my husband.
Would you mind telling my readers a little more about your book, The Fairy Tale Trap?
It’s about a sarcastic teenage girl that gets trapped in Beauty and the Beast. She wants to get home, but the fairy tale keeps blowing up in her face.
I found the whole idea of the book quite delightful. How did you come up with the idea for the story?
I wanted to throw Ivy into something old-fashioned (because she definitely isn’t). Fairy tales seemed like a good choice.
Do you have a favorite character from the book itself?
Ivy makes me smile. There’s a character in the sequel, The Fairy Tale Twist, that I really like. His name is Riker, so keep an eye out for him.
Ivy seems to be the type of her who’s bitter about the world she lives in. It’s as if she wants something more but doesn’t know how to express herself in order to relay that information to those around her. Was placing her in the situations she finds herself in a means of allowing her to learn lessons so that she could better herself in the long run?
I think any good book is going to put characters in situations that make them struggle. We all have to face our weaknesses eventually. Plus, it makes for a better story. (In my opinion.)
What sort of research did you do for the book itself?
I read a bunch of different versions of Beauty and the Beast. It’s the most fun research I’ve ever done.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you can tell my readers about?
The sequel to The Fairy Tale Trap should be out this summer! Keep an eye out for The Fairy Tale Twist.
When you sit down to write, do you have any sort of sound playing in the background or do you write while it’s nice and quiet?
Not usually. My brain works faster when it’s quiet, so I have to wait until my kids go down for their naps.
If you had the chance to live within a fairy tale and mold it to the way you thought would make you the most happy, what fairy tale would you pick to do just that?
I think one of the sweetest love stories is East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Of course, if I were the main character, I would listen to the advice of the man I loved and I wouldn’t talk to my mother alone. If I couldn’t help it, I definitely wouldn’t take her advice! I think life would have been darn near perfect without that one mistake.
Have you written anything for different genres besides this one?
I’m experimenting with a zombie book right now. It’s way out of my comfort zone, but there’s a dash of Cinderella in it—my security blanket.
Do you have any recommendations for books that you think the blog’s readers may enjoy?
I always recommend Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. It’s amazing.
What do you do in your spare time?
I write books. :) Seriously, with everything that life demands, I only have so much time left in the day. I choose to write. Sometimes it feels like a job, but at least it’s a job I love to do.
Plotter or pantser?
A little bit of both. A vague plot to start out with, but draft 2 is intensely planned-out.
Do you have any tips, or thoughts, that you would like to offer to the blog’s readers?
Read outside your genre! Last year I picked up my first zombie book. I NEVER thought I would like zombies, but I was wrong. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry changed my mind. So branch out. You might actually like it.
Thank you so much for such a lovely interview, Emily. I wish you the very best with your future works. Looking forward to what’s to come.
Synopsis: Ivy has always been afraid of mirrors, but she never knew why. Then one of them sucks her into the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
All she wants is to find her way home. But when she tries to escape, Ivy breaks the wrong spell. Now Beast is not so gentle-on-the-inside, Beauty is falling for the wrong prince, and Ivy is no closer to figuring out how to get through the enchanted forest that traps her.
With magic mirrors, dancing fairies, a sadistic pixie, and other random fairy tale twists, Ivy doesn’t know what’s safe or who to trust. Can she escape the fairy tale trap?
About The Author:
Emily Casey is a writer from Tallahassee who chases two crazy kids around the house all day before collapsing in front of her computer.
She writes everything from fairy tales to zombies, from middle grade to young adult. She writes what’s exciting to her and just hopes someone else out there likes it.
Other little tid-bits: She’s a dog person. (She has a German Shepherd named Guybrush.) She likes to run. (She ran her first half marathon while 4 months pregnant.) and majored in Psychology (which explains why she’s a little nuts) with a minor in English (which explains the whole writing thing).
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