1.Hi Angela, and thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved your book The Forgotten Fairytales, so why don’t you tell readers a little bit about it to start?
-I’m so happy to be here and ecstatic that you’ve fallen in love with The Forgotten Fairytales series! In a nutshell, The Forgotten Fairytales is a story about a seventeen-year-old girl, Norah Hart, who—up until this point—has lived a pretty normal, nomad lifestyle with her father and half-sister. Until they arrive at a boarding school in Germany and learn everyone there is a reincarnated fairytale character.
Think of it as a delicious mash-up of Mean Girls meets Once Upon a Time (though I promise you this book was written before OUAT was a thing!)
2. Your book follows traditional characters from the fairytales everyone knows and loves and gives them whole other personalities. Why did you decide to make some of the ones who got their happily-ever-afters in the original stories the villains in yours?
-I love this question because I could give you a hundred reasons why I destroyed our favorite stories. When you envision a remake of fairytales you assume the stories will follow a certain pattern. The heroes will be gallant, and villains will be wicked. I wanted to take everything you thought you knew about fairytales and twist it into a story completely different. Cinderella plays a huge part in the series and as an avid lover of all things Cinderella, if I was going to touch that story, the only way I could do it any justice was to blow it up and create something totally out of left field. She’s the ultimate princess and in the series, she is the ultimate villain. Let’s be honest, Cinderella has everything to gain and even more to lose. I liked the idea of the princesses being mean girls and the villains being outcasts. When it came to “Villains” and love interests, I pulled from a story you’d never expect—The Big Bad Wolf. A character everyone knows but doesn’t know. A guy I could mold into whomever I wanted. And I wanted sexy, tortured and fierce.
3. What was your favorite scene to write in The Forgotten Fairytales?
-Oh, this is easy. So easy. Chapter Nineteen. The scene with Wolf and Norah at the lake with the snowflies. It’s always been my favorite because it’s quiet and deep, but heart shattering. A little-known fact, when I first started writing TFF, Wolf wasn’t a love interest. He was meant to be a hot, mostly annoying guy. Nothing more. By time I got to chapter Nineteen, everything shifted. Nineteen is a pivotal moment for both Wolf and Norah. I won’t go too deep into it and spoil its beauty. I’d be interested to know your favorite scene too, Moriah!!
To answer your question, my favorite scene is their first kiss! I’m a sucker for a first kiss scene, and Nora and Wolf have a wonderful one! 🙂
4. When not writing your own fairytales, I’m sure you love reading some of the classics! What is your favorite fairytale?
-Oh geez, that’s so hard, ha-ha. I am a Disney freak. I live in Florida only an hour away from Disney, so fairytales are in my blood. I want to say Cinderella because I spent my entire childhood pretending to be her, but I LOVE The Little Mermaid, mostly because I think Prince Eric has a fantastic storyline—which is why he was one of my favorite prince’s to rewrite. When it comes to true book classics and not fairytales, I love, love, love Little Women and anything by Judy Blume.
5. You’re a self-published author. What made you decide to go that route, as opposed to the traditional route?
-That’s a great question. I went the traditional route originally. The Forgotten Fairytales was the fifth book I’d queried to agents. Back then the title was Cinderella’s Glass Stiletto. I landed an agent back in 2013. We worked together and polished the story but in the end, she didn’t believe in my work the way an agent is supposed to, and we parted ways. After having my heart broken, I was hesitant to dive back in and start over with agents. With some advice from my writing group and encouragement from my husband and friends, I decided to stop waiting for one person to decide I was good enough. I know my worth. I believed in my characters, my story and my readers. The Forgotten Fairytales is fantastic. I knew people would love it and if they didn’t it wouldn’t stop me from writing. I published The Forgotten Fairytales in 2014 and I haven’t looked back, not for a second. It’s hard. So hard but I’m not chasing dreams anymore, praying for a “one day” and I am living them on my own terms. It’s a beautiful thing.
6. You’re about to publish a new adult book! Can you tell us a little bit about it?
-Absolutely I can!! Ayla Infantino knew exactly what she wanted out of life—to be on Broadway. With a hefty resume and a National Tour under her belt, Ayla’s dreams were becoming a reality, until a one-night stand turned her life upside down. With a crazy Italian family begging for her attention and a career to manage, Ayla isn’t sure what’s right anymore, but one thing is absolutely certain, Kieran DiDomizio is simply too intoxicating to resist. TO GET TO YOU is a New Adult novel about love, family and embracing the funky twists life throws at you.
I’m so excited about this story, it really is fantastic, and it lives in the world of theatre and music, which is my first love. Being able to share hilarious stories about what it’s like to grow up in an Italian household is fun too! I am anxious about its release and nervous because I’ve been living in a world of young adult fantasy for five or six years, so diving into contemporary NA is a new ballgame. This is a story that refused to be ignored. (Also the reason why Book 3 of TFF series isn’t out yet)
7. Since you’ve written both young adult and new adult, which one do you enjoy writing the most?
-I’m not sure I enjoy one over the other. I made the shift from acting to storytelling and writing novels back in 2008 as a distraction from life. My father was dying from cancer and I needed an outlet. Writing took me into a world far away from my own. Young Adult is my baby, but New Adult is unique because I can write a lot dirtier than YA. Which is so, so fun. (Sorry, Nana!!) Ha-ha.
8. Lastly, if you had to choose between Prince Charming or the villain with the secret heart of gold, who would you choose?
-Villain. Easy. Ha-ha. I am a sucker for a bad boy.
Thanks for stopping by, Angela!
-Thanks SO much for having me! It was so fun, and I hope to be back again. To the readers, don’t forget the second book in the FORGOTTEN FAIRYTALES series, Forget Me Not, is OUT NOW and the release date and cover for TO GET TO YOU will be out soon!!!
Angela is a young adult author born and raised in Tampa, Florida
When Angela isn’t chasing her two boys, she writes fantasy and contemporary young adult and new adult novels.
The first two books in Angela’s young adult fantasy series, The Forgotten Fairytales, are out now.
In her non-writing life, she loves spending time with her family, going to Disney World, watching football/dominating in fantasy football. She has a not so healthy coffee obsession and loves listening to all sorts of music.