For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
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– When and where do you prefer to write?
Generally speaking, I either don’t have a preference, or I force myself to adapt. I am a mother, and I can tell by my life that adaptation is the only way that I will survive it, haha! I do enjoy working out of the house so I don’t get distracted by laundry while I’m working, and also so that when my laundry pile is too high, I can get myself to work on it by reminding myself I’ve just had a couple of hours writing to myself.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I do not have much of a ritual, other than getting a general idea of what I want to write, and then outlining, and then working around to getting it written. In many ways, I’ve found that ritual can be helpful, but it can also be harmful if you let it take too much of your life. I do like to be settled into that ‘place’ in my life, where I don’t have to worry too much about changes to the schedule, but other than that, there’s no real ritual.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I like tea, but I also like some soda and occasionally a mocha. Caffeine is actually bad for me, so I am not supposed to have it, but I can’t seem to resist its call.
– What is your favourite book?
Consistely, my favorite book is Till We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis. I love his take on the Pysche/Eros myth, and I like how he writes Oraul’s character. I’ve found myself identifying with her at too many points, although the last time I read through the book, it was Revidal I found more of a kinship with.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
All the time! The world of writing is so large, it’s like a buffet, and I have only arrived with my sampler plate.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Of course! Where would I be, without the villains in my own life? And while that’s largely supposed to be a joke, I do tend to base my characters on people only when I am uncertain of something. It’s easy to think “Why does this person seem to hate me?” or “What is driving this person to act like this toward me or toward other people?” when you have a model. And with villains, it’s a little easier to be less gracious about it.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use my phone a lot. I have close to 200 notes about books I’m writing, have written, or want to write. Some of the notes end up blending together, so it’s not quite as dramatic as it seems, but I do like having something to write my thoughts down.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I am not a big fan of horror writing. While I find the aspects of fear and how it affects the human psyche fascinating to consider, I don’t like to dwell on it too long. I like wonder much more than morbid wonder.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I have absolutely no idea, to be honest. I’ve always written so I could write what I want (part of the reason I like being an indie author with my own imprint), and I don’t know if I would want to cowrite with anyone. I am a little bit of a control freak when it comes to my work, as a lot of artists are.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d love to travel to Australia. I have been to a lot of different countries, but I have yet to see that one.
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About the author
C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me