Author Interview with Rhiannon Thomas!

Today I got to interview the lovely Rhiannon Thomas about her book A Wicked Thing, a retelling of sleeping beauty! If you want to read my review on the book, just click here: A Wicked Thing Review

With no further due, let's get started!

 1. What inspired you to write A Wicked Thing? Is the Sleeping Beauty your favorite fairytale?

    My favorite fairy tale is actually The Little Mermaid, although Sleeping Beauty has gotten a lot closer to my heart since I started A Wicked Thing.
The idea originally came from thinking about this idea of “fated love” — of just being told someone is your True Love and going along with it. What if you didn’t actually like this random stranger you’re supposed to be in love with? Even if you did fall for them, wouldn’t there be a certain awkwardness, knowing everyone expects you to be in love forever and ever? That led me to think about all the ways that Sleeping Beauty’s “happily ever after” isn’t so happy or so “ever after” after all. Once I started thinking through the consequences of sleeping through a hundred years and being woken with a stranger’s kiss, I knew this was a book I needed to write.

 2.  Could you tell us a little bit about your writing experience? How long did it take? What were some hardships that you faced while writing this novel? How did you get published?

    I was actually really lucky with my actual publishing experience. I started writing seriously after I graduated from college and found I had no idea what I was doing with my life, and within a year and a half I had an agent and a book deal for A Wicked Thing with HarperTeen. I got very lucky, and things fell just right.
My biggest hardship with writing has always been my own anxiety and self-doubt. I’ve always been a perfectionist, and when the doubting voices start chiming in my head, I can find it difficult to write anything at all. I naively thought that would end after I got a publishing deal, but if anything, the extra scrutiny has made those worries ring even louder. It’s definitely been a process of learning not to overthink things, and to trust myself and trust in whatever is going to happen next.

 3. Do you like to torture your characters in your books?
       Haha, no! No, I don’t! It makes me feel guilty. But I will torture them, if I think it’s necessary. After all, if everything goes well for the characters, you don’t really have a story.

  4. If you were to write another retelling, what fairytale would you choose?

    I’d probably pick Cinderella. I won’t write a Cinderella book anytime soon, because there are already a million great Cinderella retellings out there right now, but I do have an idea for one, and who knows? Maybe I’ll give it a spin one of these days.

  5. If Aurora, Rodric and Tristan were to be sorted in to Harry Potter houses, which houses would they be in and why?

   I think Rodric would be a Hufflepuff — he’s loyal, kind and a good friend, and I think the people around him under-appreciate him. Tristan is probably a Gryffindor. He’s brave, but he’s kind of reckless and selfish with it. Aurora’s the hardest one… I think Ravenclaw, because she’s quite introverted and thoughtful and studious, but you could also say Slytherin. She can be very self interested, and she has a little bit of an obsession with power as the story goes on….

  6. What is your favorite fairytale movie?

   I am completely OBSESSED with the live action version of Cinderella with Lily James. OBSESSED. Tangled is my favorite animated movie, but the live-action Cinderella hits me right in the heart.

  7. What is a YA book that you would recommend to anybody?

  I recently fell in love with I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. The writing is absolutely magical.

  8. Let's play some Kiss, Marry or Kill! Your choices are Finnegan, Rodric and Tristan!

   Ooh this is a tough one. I’d kill Tristan, kiss Finnegan, and marry Rodric. He seems like the most reliable one.

  9. Was there a character in the books that you connected to the most? How so?

    Probably Aurora. It’s hard not to connect with your protagonist when you write from their perspective for so long. Plus I think I gave her a lot of my own neuroses. She definitely has a perfectionist streak that she shares with me, and a certain self-consciousness about how others view her that makes it difficult for her to actually act at times.

10. Are there any future projects that you are working on that we could look forward to?
Yes! My next book, Long May She Reign, comes out next year. It’s a new fantasy story about a socially anxious scientist girl called Freya, who ends up as queen when the rest of the court is murdered. She has to figure out how to stay alive and hold onto power, while trying to solve the mystery of who killed everyone, and why.

  11. Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

  Write through the suck. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t forget to keep going when you do. Writing is editing, and if you focus on just being a little better than you were before, you’ll get there in the end. 

Once again, thank you Rhiannon for letting me interview you! Guys, pick up A Wicked Thing now!!!

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