alex clark

Today, I have another new author to share from the Twisted Fairy Tales anthology. It’s getting closer to release day now that we’re in the last week of April! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

To learn more about Alternate Ending Publications and the project titled theĀ Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology, visit their Facebook page! To preorder the anthology, click here!

How long have you been writing? Did any person, book, or movie inspire you to write?

I’ve been dabbling in writing since I was given a little short story assignment in 1st grade. I just enjoy getting my thoughts out, even when they don’t go anywhere significant.

Where did you get inspiration for your new spin on a classic fairy tale?

I figured Rumpelstiltskin wasn’t going to be a very common choice, so I decided I’d do that just for kicks. I also have an interest in mafias for some odd reason, so I thought the mix would go well, especially with the “Greedy King” character being replaced by the mafia leader. (Fun fact: Aldaric was supposed to represent the “Miller’s daughter’s baby” in that she acquired a bond with him after joining {“marrying the greedy king”} and Rumpelstiltskin made a pact with her to complete her work if she’d give him up. Editors just thought romance would be fun, and I started seeing it as well.)

If you could live in any book world for one week, what fictional place would you choose and why? What does your world look like?

Honestly, I’d love to live in the world I’m designing for my novel (If this one ends up going anywhere.) Too much talk would give it away, but it’s a big, colorful medieval city that’s somehow connected with a sentient ball of light in another plane of existence. Yes, the light has a name, but that’d give away something.

What excites you most about being chosen by Alternate Ending Publications to take part in this innovative anthology project?

Mainly the fact that I’m going to have a published book on my resume.

What was your favorite fairy tale growing up?

Fairy tale? Not legend? Darn. Bye Mulan.

My favorite fairy tale is probably The Little Tailor because he’s such a dishonest little jerkface that you’re just laughing reading it.

What is your favorite genre to read and what makes you gravitate to that particular type of story?

Fantasy. Dragons. Elves. Vampires. Magic. Need I say more?

Why do you think people are so drawn to fairy tales?

They’re magical. Especially as a kid, you just get a sense that the world really is a good and wondrous place.

What’s your next project going to be? Any hints?

A few, maybe, other than the ones above.

-Title is currently “The Persona”.
-There are CURRENTLY a grand total of 6 main characters.
-It includes two worlds, one of which is influenced by the other.

If you could bring one mystical or magical thing into reality what would it be?

Magic. All. THE. MAGIC.

What advice do you have for other kids who are interested in pursuing a path as an author? What lessons have you learned along the way?

Stay determined. If you give up or you put it off, you’ll lose the will to work on it. Listen to others’ advice, but don’t be afraid to not completely conform. It’s your story!

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