The Write Way Café welcomes author Rebekah R. Ganiere, whose creative thinking takes her into the world of fairy tales, where she turns the classics into new gems.
What was your path to getting this book written and published? What type of research did you do?
For the Fairelle series I originally had the idea of self publishing and then I tried very limitedly sending it out to see if I could get a publisher. But in my heart I knew I wanted to self publish it because this was going to be a big series I wanted to be able to release on my own schedule. So I got the other series I am writing under contracts with publishing houses and then went with my gut to self publish this one. As far as research, I did a lot of research on Medieval Earth and then tweaked and toned it the way I wanted it to make it my own fairytale world.
Where did the idea for your story come from?
Well this entire series is twisted fairytales so I started with the fairytales I really liked and went from there. Red the Were Hunter was the first book in the series. The idea for that one came because I had seen the movie Red Riding Hood and just felt it lacked something and I wanted to do it my own way. Snow the Vampire Slayer came about because I thought, well, if she has seven brothers what could they all do? They could be vampire slayers! And what if she falls for a vampire? And it grew from there.
Why did you pick the setting you did?
I wanted something totally imaginary and my own. Several years ago there was a TV miniseries called Tenth Kingdom which had a bunch of fairytale characters in one world and then I heard Into the Woods and thought both were so cool that I wanted to make my own Fairytale world that all my characters lived in.
Are your main characters completely imaginary or do they have some basis in real people? Do they reflect aspects of yourself?
Uhm... both I guess. The hero, Sage, is kind of modeled after Tom Hiddleston, but it's my interpretation of him as a hero Loki character. And Snow is like me in some ways and in some ways she is like what I wish I was.
Did you face any blocks while writing the book, and if so, how did you handle them? If not, what's your secret?
In this one I didn't. The book flowed so nicely. It was awesome! Sage and Snow just talked me through their entire story! My characters aren't always that nice though. I have a couple right now who are being down right stubborn! I find that happens usually when I have characters that I try to write one way and they are actually totally different. They don't like being forced into models I create. So I find I will go back and tweak them and let them go their own directions and before I know it, they are talking me through their stories again :)
What have been surprises you've encountered while writing the book and after?
I think the biggest surprise was that I've had so many people tell me how much they love the relationships between Snow and her brothers. I had no idea people would love them so much! Which is why each brother is getting his own novella now. People just love them and want to see them each get an HEA.
What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about brothers, vampire slayers, and creating your fantasy world?
Well Snow the Vampire Slayer is the second book in my Fairelle Series and not the first book I've written, but one thing I learned was how to make characters stand out and be different from each other. For instance, Snow has 7 brothers. All of them needed to be unique in his own way so that you could tell them apart. I also learned how my relationship with my wonderful brothers was able to help me write the relationships between Snow and her brother.
What are you working on now?
Right now I'm working the first Novella in the Fairelle Series which is releasing in December. It's about Snow's brother Jamen. I'm also working on the third book in the series that is releasing in early 2015. It is called Zelle and the Tower and is about Rapunzelle and Snow's brother Flint. And I'm working on the second book in my series The Society, which is under contract with Kensington Lyrical and the first book in that series will be out on Nov. 17th.
If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?
I already have my dream job! I went to college for theater and I love theater but I gave it up to be a mom and now I think I'm too shy to get up in front of that many people. So if I wasn't a writer I would be a mom. I love being a mom. It is totally my dream job!
What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble?
Plotting. I hate it. I'm bad at it. And I don't like to be boxed in. I am a plotzer. I took a plotting class by Cherry Adair and LOVED it. But found I felt too confined by plotting everything out in detail so now I plot major chapter points and that's all. Then I let my characters do what they need to.
Rebekah R. Ganiere is an Award Winning Bestselling Author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May. The second book Snow the Vampire Slayer will be releasing in September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The Society will be released Nov. 17th 2014 by Kensington's Lyrical Press.
Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn't writing you can find her moderating on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English Bulldog, rabbit, two tortoises, and two bearded dragons. The escaped snake has yet to be found.
Buy Snow The Vampire Slayer
Rebekah R. Ganiere - Books with a Bite
Dead Awakenings & Red the Were Hunter
Snow the Vampire Slayer Coming Sept. 22
Reign of the Vampire Coming Nov. 17 by Lyrical Kensington