1) Tell us about your book (s) (or short story)
The Glimmers books are a series of modern-day fairy tale retellings featuring a teenage faerie godmother who would rather do anything than her job. She’d rather pursue botany or biology, but her overbearing dad landed her a cushy internship, so now she’s stuck arranging happily ever afters. The first book, Glimmers of Glass, follows her on her first case: a Cinderella who has no interest in the Prince Charming and enchanted prom that have been assigned to her. They’re tons of fun to write and readers tend to use words like “witty,” “fantastically original,” and “100% adorable as f***” (that’s a direct quote and it made me laugh).
2) Who is your main character?
Tell us about them. My main character is Olivia Feye. She’s a teenager, a faerie godmother intern, a wannabe biologist, and a totally awkward introvert who never knows where to put her hands when she talks to people. She’s fiercely committed to doing the right thing, even if most of the time she has no idea what that actually is. I adore her and readers seem to, too.
3) What is your favorite Fae myth or story?
Ooh, that’s a hard question. I love anything involving faerie godmothers, helpful sprites, or other behind-the-scenes fae who appear only at the periphery of stories. I also love stories about faerie queens, and had a ton of fun updating those myths to the modern day for my Glimmers books. (The Glimmering world has a faerie queen. She doesn’t curdle anyone’s milk or replace babies with changelings, and she doesn’t trap anyone in fairy rings unless she really needs to talk to them.)
4) The Fae. Helpful magical creatures? Or mischievous tricksters?
All of the above! The fae are ephemeral and can be interpreted a thousand different ways, and I love seeing the diversity of interpretations. Most versions of the fae remind me of my cat, in that they’re complex, mysterious, and tend to do things for their own reasons—and no, they’re not going to tell us what those reasons are.
5) What is your Fae elemental? Salamander (Fire) Undine (Water) Brownie (Earth) or Sylph (Air)
Total sylph. I’m always up in my head, working with ideas or pursuing artistic achievement, and I tend to flit about from one thing to another if I’m not careful.
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.”