1) Tell us about your book (s) (or short story):
Fires & Fairies: Sidelle never wanted to be a fairy princess. Sick of living as a royal, she longs for something more to satisfy her craving for adventure and her desire to see the world.
Then a prisoner is thrown into the cells of the Summer Court’s castle. Finnegan is a Winter Fairy, a sworn enemy of Sidelle’s people. Yet opposites attract, and Sidelle can’t resist the challenge of cracking Finn’s cold exterior. Her attempts to break Finn’s walls ends up getting her into a situation that goes from bad to worse; the more she speaks with Finn, the more Sidelle finds herself falling in love. A forbidden romance develops between her and Finn, and their friendship turns into a love story between sun and snow that’s as star crossed as it is passionate.
Then tragedy strikes, and Finn’s life is at stake. To save him, Sidelle has to make a life-changing sacrifice, one she will eternally regret and that will change her forevermore.
2) Who is your main character? Tell us about them:
The entire story follows a Summer Fairy, named Sidelle. She's the daughter of King Oberon and sworn enemy of Winter. Unlike most other Summer Fairies, she despises balls, dancing, and dressing up. She wants/needs more in her life. Sidelle doesn't have many friends, instead choosing to run to the forest and be by herself most of the time. She's tall, thin and has long black hair. Her favorite color is green--to match her emerald eyes. Then someone comes into her life. She needs to get to know him, but then he breaks her heart and she's changed - - and can't ever go back to the docile Summer Princess. Instead, she goes on a mission to find a human girl. And somewhere along the way, she finds her true self and becomes the snark and witty Fairy we love who appears in the main series. A true friend is found in Zoe Jabril, the human she finds and vows to protect against evil.
3) What is your favorite Fae myth or story?
My favorite, which got me writing Fires & Fairies novella was after reading The Iron King series and meeting its author, Julie Kagawa. Oh man, I loved that series. In fact, it's one of my go-to re-read books. I think I read the series at least once a year.
4) The Fae. Helpful magical creatures? Or mischievous tricksters?
A little of both. I think depending on what you are and which court you live in. I always thought of Summer as nice and helpful fae and winter the bad and devious. But with all species there could be a bit of both in each. Isn't it fun playing games? Or pulling some harmless tricks on others? Sure it is! And who wouldn't want magic in their life? Whether that's magic by the wave of a wand or something drawn from within, or being/living in a circumstance that's so special it's magical.
5) What is your Fae elemental? Salamander (Fire) Undine (Water) Brownie (Earth) or Sylph (Air):
I have to be an Undine (Water) element. I grew up on along the Mississippi River, spent summers at a cabin in northern Minnesota, and after I married, I found myself back on the River. I love water, whether it's swimming, floating, or just near it ... it soothes me.
USA Today bestseller, Amazon bestseller, and award-winning young adult author, Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River. Currently, she lives in Minnesota with her husband and a Calico cat named Daizy. Kristin also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both. In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold! Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing LLC.
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