It snowed yesterday in my hometown–the last full day I’ll spend at my parents’ house before starting my journey north, to college. It doesn’t snow that often here anymore, and when I got up, my mother said, “It snowed for you!” I couldn’t help but think it did.
If you’ve visited my blog before, you might know that this isn’t the first time Mary Waibel has dropped by. She’s come to talk about inverting gender roles and twisting fairy tales, and to interview the main character of her previous book, Rielle. We’ve been friends on Twitter for over a year, and I’ve really enjoyed reading her books–she’s already published three other original takes on fairy tales, Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, and Different Kind of Knight.
This Monday, she released her first novella, The Mystery Prince! Read on to find out about the book, Mary’s writing process, her interest in fairy tales, and more!
I’ve lived most of my life in the Patagonian steppe, with its howling winds, wide-open skies, and scrubby vegetation. I love seeing huge swathes of the sky, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or full of stars. My Patagonia is a place of more subdued beauty than others–no intense and varied colors, no lush greenery, no gorgeous historical buildings. But to me it’s beautiful anyway.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have a soft spot for forests. Continue reading
Some of you might be going through the same thing I am: making a final choice for college next fall. If you are, or if you’ve already gone through this experience, I don’t have to tell you how hard it can be.
Maybe you had a first choice from the beginning, and were lucky enough to get into the college you liked the most. Maybe one choice stood out from all the others.
For my part, I did a lot of research before applying to college, and narrowed my choices down to four. I applied to those four and got into all of them, and ended up spending the month of April making comparison lists, comparison charts, comparison spreadsheets, and doing a bunch of dithering and self-doubting. I liked all four schools for different reasons–choosing the best for me felt like that old adage. Apples and oranges and all that.
Each school had its pros and its cons, and nothing overwhelmed anything else. Nothing jumped out at me, saying “pick me!” (or the also useful “don’t pick me!”) And for the longest time, I really had no clue how I would ever make a choice. Continue reading
Today, my fellow YA fantasy author Eric Price and I have done a blog swap! Here on my blog, I’ll be interviewing him about his debut novel, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, which I read a few months ago. You can check out Eric interviewing me about my debut novel on his blog, too!
What first drew you to writing this story?
Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud sort of happened as an afterthought. I had taken an online writing course with the Institute of Children’s Literature, and for the final assignment I had to write the opening chapter of a book. I wrote a contemporary story about a girl adjusting to a new school for her senior year of high school.
When I took a second course with the institute, I had to send two or three proposals for potential books I’d like to write and tell the instructor which proposal I most wanted to pursue for the course.
I sent the proposal for the book I started for the previous course. I also had an idea for a science fiction type book where a boy gets a chance to go back in time and relive a particularly bad time in his life to try to make it better. I didn’t have a third proposal, but I wanted to send three since I could. I quickly threw together a paragraph explaining a fantasy world where the son of the king has to embark on a quest to save his father.
I told the instructor I wanted to write the first proposal (I already had a chapter done after all). As soon as I sent the assignment to her I started having second thoughts. The fantasy story started to take shape and grow in my mind. Before long it was all I could think about. I planned to tell the instructor I changed my mind, I wanted to write the fantasy, when I got her response. She told me I could write any of the three proposals, but she encouraged me to consider the fantasy over the other two. Continue reading