{Interview} Sarah Cross, Author of KILL ME SOFTLY and TEAR YOU APART

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Author Sarah Cross has previously created some fun guest posts for Fairy Tale Fortnight and Splash into Summer that you can read now: The Fairy Tale Princess You Don't Want to Be, White as Snow, Red as Blood, Perfect for a Retelling (This one is about TEAR YOU APART!), Edible Mermaids: Ningyo and Rumiko Takahashi's Mermaid Saga
I've previously reviewed the first novel set in Beau Rivage, KILL ME SOFTLY., as well as the new companion novel TEAR YOU APART (You can read these out of order! There will be spoilers about a secret that makes KMS more mysterious because there are appearances from multiple characters, but TEAR YOU APART stands completely on its own. There aren't any spoilers below, so feel free to keep reading!)

I've also reviewed the FREE online novella about Beau Rivage, AFTER THE BALL. The main characters from this one made a fun cameo!

I've also previously reviewed Sarah Cross' new novella TWIN ROSES and shared the final part in a new novella from Sarah Cross,
 "Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One Curse,"
which was being shared exclusively through these tour stops.

Check out parts 1-6 here:

PART ONE - Two Chicks on Books
PART TWO - Magical Urban Fantasy Reads 
PART THREE - Tales of the Ravenous Reader 
PART FOUR - Du Livre 
PART FIVE - A Glass of Wine 
PART SIX - A Backwards Story 

An interview with 
Sarah Cross

Sarah Cross is the author of the fairy tale novels KILL ME SOFTLY and TEAR YOU APART, the superhero novel DULL BOY, and the Wolverine comic "The Adamantium Diaries." She’s inspired by all kinds of art and illustration and curates a fairy tale art/fashion/books blog called Fairy Tale Mood (fairytalemood.tumblr.com). You can visit her online at www.sarahcross.com


 I adore the world of Beau Rivage. Which fairy tales would you most like to incorporate into future tales?

This answer is sort of cheating. I've written Beau Rivage versions of Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, and Prince Lindworm as short stories, but I'm still working on the logistics of releasing them. Since they're not available, they count as future tales, right?  ^.~ 

Who is your favorite character from Beau Rivage? (Novel, novella, etc. Minor or major!)

 I have a favorite character to write in each book (usually someone who doesn't get a lot of page time), but I don't know if I have an absolute favorite. 

In KILL ME SOFTLY it was Henley, in TEAR YOU APART it was Luxe. 

I think my standards are like this: Are you ill-tempered? (Yes.) Are you carrying the weight of the entire story on your shoulders? (No.) Okay, please enter the favorite zone.

What inspired you to create a modern world where fairy tale curses are a way of life?

I wanted to retell Bluebeard in a modern setting . . . just because I love that story. Then I thought of another fairy tale that would mix perfectly with that one (Sleeping Beauty), and I figured if I was going to use two fairy tales, I might as well use them all. 

I decided to incorporate curses because I wanted more than one person to be able to live out the same fairy tale--with potentially different results. 

There are so many variants of Snow White, for example, that I didn't want there to be one definitive Snow White story in my world. I wanted to play with different versions and endings.
What are your favorite obscure fairy tales?

I love Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier's The Subtle Princess, Madame d'Aulnoy's fairy tales (read The Ram if you haven't), Prince Lindworm, and Hans Christian Andersen's The Traveling Companion (mostly for the princess, and the troll's stylish lair).
Which fairytale villain would you never want to reform and why?

One thing I really dislike is when a "proud" princess is humbled by a suitor she doesn't want to marry and is made to see the error of her ways (like in "King Thrushbeard"). I suppose you could consider those princesses to be the villains of their tales, since they're punished for rejecting the "hero." 

I'd like those princesses to go on rejecting and insulting their suitors for as long as they want to; I don't want them to be humiliated and "reformed" by a guy who's like, "I'll teach you to make fun of my beard!" King Thrushbeard . . . I hate that guy.

Which fairytale mode of transportation would you want to try out? (eg. Cinderella's pumpkin coach, seven league boots, ship, flying carpet, etc...)

Cinderella's pumpkin coach! It's the least useful, but it's so fancy; I'm going to let the fanciness sway me. Plus I would probably fall off the flying carpet.


Dragon or kraken?


Mermaid or princess?


Hero or villain?
Prince or knight? 


Befriend the birds or the mice?

This is like an impossible choice for me. I want all the animal friends, all the time. But I guess . . . if I had to pick . . . argh . . . mice? Sorry, birds!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Sarah Cross
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Egmont

"Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre."—Booklist

Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

Author: Sarah Cross
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Egmont USA

An edgy fairy tale retelling of Snow White set in the world of KILL ME SOFTLY for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her?