Jessica Day George’s newest book, Princess of Glass, will be released next week on May 25th. (Our copy has been pre-ordered for ages.) But whilst waiting, I am thrilled to have the chance to chat with Jessica Day George, author of Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, Dragon Spear, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Princess of the Midnight Ball.
Jessica, you have a new book coming out this year, Princess of Glass. It is a sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball and also a retelling of a classic fairytale. What can you tell us about this story?
I took my favorite of the twelve princesses from Midnight Ball, and sent her to Breton to live with some cousins. She has a maid named Ellen who wants to go to the royal ball, but her fairy godmother is not what she seems!
What is the one thing you want readers to know about Princess of Glass?
Well, it’s FABULOUS!
Princess of Glass is a retelling of Cinderella, Princess of the Midnight Ball retold The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow was a new rendering of East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon. What is it about fairytales that attracts you to them?
I love answering those tricky questions that most fairy tales leave you with. What would it feel like to dance all night until your shoes wore out? Ditto dancing all night in glass slippers! What kind of mother would give her youngest child to a polar bear?
Do you have plans to work with more fairytales?
Oh . . . maybe . . . *looks away, coy*
What is one random thing about yourself?
I can’t seem to stop buying black t-shirts. I have dozens of them.
What do you consider your strengths as a writer? Your weaknesses?
I’d like to think I’m really good at injecting humor into even the most dire situations, and I know I have trouble with the romantic elements.
What is the worst thing you have ever been told about your writing? What is the best?
I was once told by several editors that my main character was whiny and they “wanted her to die”. This is book has not yet been published, and might never be. I have also been told that I write like a young Ursula LeGuin.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t forget to keep reading! It helps you see how pacing and dialogue should flow.
What are you working on now?
The first book in a very fun middle grade series about a mysterious castle. . . .
What is your favorite pie?
Thank you, Jessica! Wishing you all the best in 2010!
Don’t forget to pick up your own copy of Jessica’s shiny new book, Princess of Glass, next week:)
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