Published by Saga Press
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.
What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?
Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?
Definitely the last line, because it has to fit with everything else that came before it.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Well, Roses and Rot had a different title for much of its writing, so no. Usually what comes first for me is the feeling of the book, what I want it to be about. Titles come much later.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Names are almost always significant for me, especially for the main characters. I think about name meaning, and I have an enormous book of baby names that I use as a reference. I’ll also sometimes name characters for particular friends.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you never leave home without?
What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
I’m reading Joe Hill’s The Fireman right now, and it’s so great so far. Also, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King and Evelyn Skye’s The Crown’s Game
This or That?
Coffee or Tea?
By Land, or by sea?
Autumn or Spring?
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