Thursday, January 10, 2013

Interview with Jessica Day George, author of Princess of the Silver Woods

I love Jessica Day George's fantasy novels and fairy tale retellings so I am excited to have this interview with her today. Her newest novel, Princess of the Silver Woods, is the third and last book in a series based on various fairy tales:

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse.  
The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Do you have a favorite out of King Gregor's twelve daughters? Or is it too hard to choose?

I love Poppy! In PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL, I gave Poppy all the snarky lines that I would have said myself in such a situation. A few of them got cut, just to save on time, so that’s how Poppy ended up with her own book!  

Do you plan to write more fairy tale retellings besides this series? What is your own favorite fairy tale of all time?

I never say never. If an idea comes to me for a reworking of another fairy tale, I will jump on it! I’ve already done my very favorite fairy tale: East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, which became my book SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW.  

What are some of your own favorite books and authors?

I am the hugest Diana Wynne Jones fan, I also love everything by Guy Gavriel Kay. Robin McKinley’s books made me decide to be an author, and I love JANE EYRE and I CAPTURE THE CASTLE with all my heart!  

When you are not writing, how do you enjoy spending your time?

Ooh, I read, read, read! I also love to knit, and watch movies! (Often at the same time!)

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