Calling all nosy writers!

 I'm a nosy writer. Are you? I love to hear more about what other people are writing, how they got their ideas, and what inspires them. I don't generally do memes, but I haven't really written much about my own WIP, so I figure it's time to share (Plus, it's a snowy day here in the mountains!). And I hope some of you share back with the link at the bottom.

I was tagged by Australian Trisha, and Canadian S.M. Carriere. Check out their contemporary and fantasy books. It's so interesting (and encouraging) to see the vast differences in the time frame different writers take in their creative process. 

 1. What is the name of your book?

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
Believe it or not, from a contest prompt (more details in question 9). But I love the idea of imagining "the rest of the story". In this Sleeping Beauty retelling, the princess is not so nice. Think about it. Growing up with a curse on your head isn't ideal, but it hasn’t done much for the princess' personality. Just ask her long-suffering chambermaid.

3. In what genre would you classify your book?
SpindleWish is young adult historical fantasy. It's set in medieval Croatia. If you're curious as to how this came about (and you want to see some amazing pictures), I wrote about my journey to this setting, and how it did wonders for my plot.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
My characters are drawn from people I've met, or photos I find online. For this book, one of my daughters (see photo) and my sister's daughter play two of the main roles. Another character, a fascinating peddler, was put together through internet research. I shared some great links to where I found him in this post about describing characters.

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
Waking after a century, Sleeping Beauty’s chambermaid vows to find the powerful blood-tipped spindle before it can be used to destroy the remaining faeries. 

6. Is your book already published? Self-published or traditional?
Nope. I'm finishing the last of it, then I'll work on querying agents. I'm not ruling out self-publishing, but I really believe the querying process can help motivate me to make my writing stronger. 

7. How long did it take you to write your book?
I began in late 2009, but I've taken some long breaks! Probably a year, total.
8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
I love the stories of Shannon Hale, Donna Jo Napoli, Juliet Marillier and Robin McKinley.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Enchanted Conversation was holding a submission contest. The topic was Sleeping Beauty, but writers had to imagine what life would be like once the palace woke up from 100 years of sleep. Once I came up with the idea that the blood on the spindle was the critical issue, plot ideas started popping up and away I went. I never did submit to that contest.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.        
 I loved exploring the theme of discovering inner strength through this book.

Now it's your turn to inspire the rest of us. Write a post with answers to the same (or similar) questions. Then come back here and share the link. I'll leave the link open for a week (till midnight on Nov. 2nd). I'm looking forward to finding out more about your stories.


  1. I love this (you had me at the title)! Sounds like a great manuscript~ best of luck when you query it. By the way, Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors too :) Enjoy the snow today.

  2. Thanks, Jess. I'm glad you like fairy tales, too. My next book won't be a fairy tale, but I think I'll stick with historical fantasy.


  3. Interesting post, Debbie. I'm the same way--a nosy writer, lol. I've often wondered what your WIP was about.

    Your comment was pulled from the hat and you won a free ebook copy of "Girl Under Glass". I sent you an email. Please, don't delete it. It's from "Cypherbuss" and the subject line reads "Teresa from Dreamers, lovers and Star Voyagers".

  4. Thanks, Teresa! I'm excited to read the book. I read the sample on Amazon, and was really pulled in. I found your email in my spam folder--glad it didn't get deleted!


  5. Debbie, your manuscript sounds interesting!! I love new takes on fairy tales and yours is definitely unique. (It also sounds like something an agent will snap up). Best of luck! :)

    Oh, and thanks for the chance to share a link!

  6. Thanks, Lauren. I hope you're the first to share a link. I'd love to know more about what you're writing.


  7. I enjoy re-tooled fairy tools and such! Yours sounds great! I've written a couple in short form, but they're darker. I'm doing blog hops Mon, Tues and Wed (can't help it...I love Halloween!), but I'll try to do this on Friday.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  8. Thanks, Shannon! I'd love to hear about your short stories. Looking forward to seeing your post!


  9. I also love the title! So catchy and intriguing.
    Thanks for letting us be "nosy writers" who have now benefitted from hearing about your awesome concept, Debbie!



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