{Interview} R.C. Lewis, Author of STITCHING SNOW and SPINNING STARLIGHT

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An interview with 
R.C. Lewis

R.C. Lewis has taught math to teenagers for over ten years, including several where she found calculus is just as fun in American Sign Language. After a lifetime of thinking she didn't have an ounce of creativity, she realized she just needed to switch to metric. Turns out whole liters were waiting to pour out, and she now writes geeky-chic sci-fi when she escapes the classroom.
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I love how intergalactic STITCHING SNOW and SPINNING STARLIGHT are. What inspired you to weave fairy tales in a sci-fi setting?

The sci-fi part was natural because that's the kind of geek I am and what I gravitate toward. (See what I did there?) The fairy tale part is something I kind of stumbled on with STITCHING SNOW. A line in a Florence + The Machine song triggered an image in my head and boom—story idea. 

With SPINNING STARLIGHT, it was more deliberate because we wanted to follow up with something in the same vein, so I went looking through fairy tale collections for something I felt I could put a sci-fi spin on.

Will you continue to write more fairy tales in the future, especially ones that take place on other worlds?

I don't have any plans for more right now, but if the right idea strikes, it's always a possibility!

What have been the hardest moments to write in either of the books? The easiest?

I drafted STITCHING SNOW in late 2011/early 2012, so it's hard to remember what was easy or hard at the time! In general, the plot comes to me quickly, and the emotional nuance of the characters takes more time and thought. 

In SPINNING STARLIGHT, my main character Liddi can't speak for a large portion of the book, so the trickiest thing for me was finding ways to make sure she was active and expressing herself as much as possible when put in a fairly helpless situation.

What are your favorite obscure fairy tales?

One I really liked when looking for a tale to use for my second book was "The Rose Elf" with the idea of an unseen observer interfering.
Which fairytale mode of transportation would you want to try out? (eg. Cinderella's pumpkin coach, seven league boots, ship, flying carpet, etc...)

Flying carpet would be pretty cool! I'd probably freak out any higher than a few feet, though.

If you could own any magical object from a fairy tale (spinning wheel, magic mirror, glass slipper, poison apple, etc.), what would you choose and why?

Ooh, that's a tricky question because most of the time those objects are nothing but trouble. A magic harp sounds nice ... but there would be a cost.

Hero or villain?


Prince or knight?


Befriend the birds or the mice?


Baba Yaga or a Djinn?


Invisibility cloak or golden ball?

Invisibility cloak

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: R.C. Lewis
Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Princess Snow is missing. 

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. 

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. 

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: R.C. Lewis
Release Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to STITCHING SNOW.