Hello and welcome to a very special feature today: This blog is the next stop on the Once Upon A Princess Blog Tour!
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Today, I would like to warmly welcome author, C.S. Johnson to the blog. She kindly agreed to an interview with yours truly, so pull up your armchairs, make sure your internet connection is sound, and refresh your caffeinated beverage of choice.
Once Upon A Princess Saga
“I have better things to do.”
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?”
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her.
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?”
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly.”
For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers.
Book One, Beauty’s Curse, is available to read for free from Amazon!
Now, without further ado (though, honestly, can there be too much ado?), please welcome C.S. Johnson with a round of applause!
First of all, C.S., your drink order, tea or coffee?
C.S: Yes, please!
Bring on the caffeine! So, when did you first start writing, and why?
C.S: I started writing when I was younger. I liked the thought of being able to tell people stories without actually having to tell them myself. When I write a book, there is a lot less spittle and awkward stares and silences.
I can certainly identify with those sentiments! What inspires you?
C.S: Really, I think anything can be inspiring. But I like complicated stories, and I enjoy something that makes you think. When I started writing the Once Upon a Princess saga, for example, all I really wanted to do was find a way where the princess’s curse would matter more to the story. If you think about it, the fairy tale version most people know has her as a completely passive character. I hated that.
So even hate can be inspiring!
Yeah, despite being the title character, Sleeping Beauty herself didn’t seem to have much effect on the original story.
What’s on your writing playlist?
C.S: I have different songs, but I like pop songs, and more soulful songs, too.
Where did you get the idea for this book/series?
C.S: I started writing “Beauty’s Curse” for NaNoWriMo 2015. I finished it quickly (since it’s a novella). I wanted to “fix” the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Not only were there issues I had with the princess’s role in the story, but I had issues with other things. I mean, why wouldn’t the king and queen just have more kids? And why the spinning wheel? I’m sure there are other answers, but I relished the chance to get to answer all of them.
(WriMo’s Unite!) Do you share your writing with your family & friends?
C.S: Not really. I have some friends who like to read my work, and I am extremely grateful to them—those are my (Almost) Famous Readers. I figure that is a good group name, since I tell people I am the (Almost) Famous Author. My mother is my biggest cheerleader, but I know she has books she likes to read, and I don’t write in her genre very often. This was probably the series she liked the best though, considering the historical and romance aspects of it.
What is your favorite time of day to write?
C.S: I like to write when I can. I have two small kids, both four and under, and I don’t have a lot of time to myself. And if I take it at night, more often than not, I will have a hard time staying awake or waking up on time the next day. But I like to write at night. If I could do it, I would stay up all night and write into the early morning, catch a coffee shop stop, and then go to bed. I can’t do that just yet, but maybe when my kids are older I’ll manage.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
C.S: On some level, I think it’s funny that I like to write fantasy and sci-fi. I enjoy philosophy books, I like memoirs and devotionals, and I enjoy history books a lot. My mother loves to travel, so every time she wants to go somewhere new, we get books and new ideas come with that. I have a solid collection of C. S. Lewis, I like Max Lucado books, I enjoy Andrew Klavan’s work across the spectrum. I also like poetry—Eliot, Thomas, Shakespeare, Hopkins, Coleridge, and others. I’ll read just about anything that sparks my interest, even if I don’t agree with all of it in the end (that was the only way I made it through Allegiant.)
Okay, it’s the obligatory island question; You get to take one book with you to a deserted island, what is it?
C.S: The Bible, of course! I have a feeling I’m going to need to pray a lot if I’m on a deserted island.
That’s probably true. Now for a random one; who wins in a fight; a gnome or a troll?
C.S: Troll, hands down. My husband and I actually went troll-hunting for our honeymoon! We—well, mostly me—wanted to go to Iceland for our honeymoon. We went during New Year’s, after our wedding, and that’s the time when you can see the Northern Lights (the night dragons) and you get to enjoy the Christmas festivities until the Feast of the Kings (Jan. 6th). We didn’t see any trolls, but we learned enough about them I’d be more than willing to bet trolls would trump gnomes any day of the week.
Never underestimate the wiliness of gnomes! But troll-hunting sounds like an awesome honeymoon idea!
What’s next for you, any new projects in the works?
C.S: I’m currently working on my novel, Eydis, which is a twist on the Atlantis legend with Vikings, dragons, and demons. There’s some of that Icelandic folklore I learned about on my honeymoon! I just finished the prequel novella to the novel, Eydis: The Island of the Dragon Bride, where a Viking sets off to slay the dragon that guards Eydis and the island’s princess, all so he can win the hand of his beloved.
Eydis picks up where the novella leaves off, where the Viking’s brother is actually the main character. After that, I am working on a prequel novel to the Starlight Chronicles featuring my female lead, Starry Knight, and then I’m going to start finishing my Order of the Crystal Daggers, which I am especially anticipating, since it is a homage to my dad’s family roots as well as other things. After that, I’ve got some other things planned, but I don’t anticipate slowing down or stopping for very long.
What is the one thing you wish people knew about your Once Upon A Princess Saga?
C.S: It will change your life (possibly even for the better.)
Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions, C.S., and I wish you all the best luck with your future books!
Stop by next week, October 7th, for a review of the Once Upon A Princess Saga!
Enter To Win!
Love reading fairytales? Enter to the world of C.S. Johnson’s Once Upon A Princess Saga by entering to win a paperback of Beauty’s Curse, the entire saga in ebook format, four specially designed t-shirts of a quote from the series, and two handy mugs for your favorite drink.
About C.S. Johnson
C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me
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