1) What fairytale(s) have you chosen to retell and why?
Angela Kulig (my co-author) decided on Aladdin, but not the Disney retelling. A dark and twisted retelling of our own. We joined a shared world called, Never After Tales, and the cover, Angela K. chose (because it is gorgeous!) and then asked me to co-write with her. As for me, it was simple: one of my little sister’s favorite movies was Aladdin, and the opportunity to retell it in a way with shifters and mystery and intrigue, where a princess doesn’t need saving? Well, that was our idea of a fairytale worth retelling with its own spin: a princess as the hero.
2) What makes your story unique?
It’s unlike any Aladdin retelling ever told. As I mentioned in the previous question, Princess Cyra doesn’t need saving, she can save herself. But, there are things that come about she doesn’t foresee… and, she has a power passed down to her from her mother. A sacred power through an amulet.
3) What was your favorite fairytale growing up and why?
Cinderella. I watched it over and over with my mamaw (grandmother), and she just loved the little mice. She collected ceramic figurines of mice, and to this day, they’re still on her wooden shelves in her kitchen, although she passed in 2011. Most of my greatest childhood memories are with her, and watching Cinderella when I was little, singing along at her by my side while we folded laundry, or she just hugged me close. I miss her.
4) Who was your favorite villain?
Now, as an adult, I have to say Maleficent, although she’s truly not a villain. She made up for her evil ways in the end. But it would have to be her.
5) Is this a standalone or do you have more books planned?
It’s standalone, but it can be read with all of the other books in the Never After Tales collection, and in any order.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”