Earlier this week, I reviewedEntwined by 2011 debut author Heather Dixon. I LOVE the fact that it's based on one of my favorite fairy tales, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I loved it so much, I asked Heather if she'd be willing to do an interview for Fairy Tale Fortnight, and guess what? She WAS!
Here's' a sneak peek at the interview:
Was it hard coming up with your own spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses when you began world-building for Entwined? How did you bring everything together?
The early-early drafts of ENTWINED were horrendous. It was much closer to the original Grimm fairy tale, took place in the medieval time period, and there was a lot to do with witches and blood magic. But it was so dark; I didn’t enjoy how I felt when I worked on it. It wasn’t until I established the theme of the story—forgiveness between the princesses and their father—that it started to take off. The Victorian time period, with its rules and mourning, was the perfect backdrop. Not to mention the dancing with waltzes and balls, and the courtships! Like magic, everything unfolded after that.