I’m sure you guys have been hearing lots about Fairy Tale (Delacorte June 23rd, 2009) around the YA blogosphere lately. Today, we have the author of this hotly anticipated read “invading” Teens Writing for Teens to “cause havoc”. Let’s have a warm round of applause for the magical Cyn Balog! Now, with a title like Fairy Tale, I just have to ask – what’s your favourite fairy tale, and why?
favorite is Cinderella. That is because I had a very similar nickname
growing up and everyone would call me that. I had the Disney movie
growing up and I watched it a gazillion times. Though it kind of freaks
me out that Cinderella, for some reason, has no toes. OBVIOUSLY she
would be the only one who can fit in that glass slipper, if she has no
now that you bring it up, that is kind of disturbing. As you’ve
mentioned on your blog, fairies are an age-old concept. But every author
puts a unique spin on these magical creatures. What differentiates your
fairies in particular?
started FAIRY TALE as a spoof of the fairy genre… I really didn’t take
it very seriously, especially since the whole fairy thing was really
just an aside to the main story, which was losing one’s first, seemingly
perfect love. I have to confess that sometimes I’ll read a fairy book
and my head will spin because it’s too embroiled in the lore. My fairies
are fairly simplistic, something that people who aren’t into the lore
can understand and relate to.
reviews of Fairy Tale mention great things about the characterization –
and they do all sound so intriguing! If you could meet any character
from your book, who would you choose, and what would you guys do for a
think I would like to meet Pip, because he’s sweet and gentle and would
basically do whatever I wanted to, like even hold my purse for me while I
Aww, that would be sweet! Speaking of the realm of the fictional – do you have any fictional or literary crushes? (Who?)
Almanzo Wilder from Little House on the Prairie.
good one! If you could bring any fictional character (book, movie, tv,
any form of media really) to life, who would it be, and why?
I’d bring Bella to life, but not Edward, because it would be really hilarious to watch her try to survive without him.
slightly sadistic, but that would be an interesting social experiment
nonetheless. Are there any juicy tidbits you’re allowed to share about
your upcoming YA paranormal Sleepless?
sure. It features a really hot, sexy sandman named Eron. Sandmen are
like, the new fairies. I am soooo sure of it. At least, in my dreams.
does sound intriguing! You bet – sandmen are definitely going to be in
very soon. ;) What do you do when the muse has gone on vacation (i.e.
the inspiration is lacking)?
have to write through it! That’s the only way to get over it. I once
had writer’s block for 10 years, and I know that writing breeds more
writing, and when you stop, it’s impossible to start up again. Now that
most of my work is on deadline, I have to push myself through it. I work
really well on deadlines; they make it impossible to have writer’s
block. It’s either, have writer’s block and starve, or get over it and
Words of wisdom – share a quote of personal significance?
Hmmm… something sticking in my head…. “Hit the road Jack,
and dontcha come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” Okay, no,
that isn’t really inspiring, but I went out to eat a few nights ago and
that song was playing in the restroom and I now can’t get it out of my
about the unexpected. What are the best and worst unforseen things that
have come along with this whole process (e.g. the planning, outlining,
writing, querying, submitting, publishing, etc.)?
best thing, especially writing for young adults, is that you will have a
bunch of teens coming up to you or emailing saying they love your book…
and that just plain rocks. They are the best audience a writer can wish
for. I don’t think adults are as willing to lavish praise on a person,
so it’s just so nice since this world is getting increasingly cold and
unfeeling. Like, I can come home from being cut off in traffic and
stepped on in line while checking out at the supermarket, read my mail,
and go, Ahhh!
Anything you’d like to add?
Um, hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more?
Thanks for the great interview, Cyn! More information about both Cyn and her recent release Fairy Tale can be found at Cyn’s home on the web.
About Fairy Tale
Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They’ve been
best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah-
they’re totally hot for each other. But a week before their joint Sweet
Sixteen bash, everything changes. Cam’s awkward cousin Pip comes to
stay, and Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to
be drifting away. When Morgan demands answers, she’s shocked to
discover the source of Cam’s distance isn’t another girl- it’s another
world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now
his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place
as Fairy King.
Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies.
But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he
really is her destiny, and if their “perfect” love can weather an
*Cross-posted from Lucid Conspiracy