I’ve enjoyed interviewing these young authors so much over the last few weeks. I know that their stories and interviews will inspire other teens to pursue writing (or anything else they put their minds to)! One last interview for you and release day is on Monday (5/1)! Be sure to preorder your copy of the Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology!
Grey Nebel, a young Atlanta-based writer, finds herself entirely guided by her right brain. As an actress, technical theatre worker, writer, and all-around nerd, she has enjoyed stories since she has enjoyed walking (hint: a long time).
She suffers from a severe tea addiction, prides herself on her knowledge of world history, and learn languages to fill her free time (what better way to improve on English than writing a story, right?). Led by spontaneity, she hopes to make her dreams come true. Be it writing or climbing a mountain, Grey has hopes to do it all- after all, she only gets to live once!
How long have you been writing? Did any person, book, or movie inspire you to write?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember- it started small as one-act plays and short stories about my dog, and gradually evolved into NaNoWriMo entries, and now a publication (!!). Because I have been writing for so long, I can’t exactly say what exactly made me start, but it’s certainly not something I regret!
Where did you get inspiration for your new spin on a classic fairy tale?
Oddly enough, my grandmother. We were talking one day at her kitchen table and out of nowhere, inspiration struck.
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?
Hogwarts. I grew up with the Harry Potter series, and whenever I read it (which is far too often) it’s just something that really resonates within me, y’know? There’s something about the idea of J. K. Rowling’s version of witches, wizards, and magic that fascinates and enthralls me, and out of all the fiction novels I’ve read, hers is the one I wish I could spend more time with.
What excites you most about being chosen by Alternate Ending Publications to take part in this innovative anthology project?
Oh, dear… probably the reality that it’s my writing and my ideas being read and well-received, if that makes sense. Again, I’ve been writing for a long time and this is the first time I’ve ever actually let my stories do more than sit on a flash drive. The mother of a friend of mine showed me this competition and I kind of told myself to just do it- what did I have to lose? So being told that I was chosen for this was… insanity. I mean, my writing is considered good by other people? Professionals, at that? I still find it crazy (in all the right ways).
What was your favorite fairy tale growing up?
The Little Mermaid, no doubt about it. Actually, when I was younger I would reenact a scene with my mom every night before I went to bed, where I played Ariel and she was Ursula. I was just a little bit obsessed.
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes you gravitate to that particular type of story?
Honestly, my favorite books are the classic books. I’ve truly never been big on YA novels, as odd as that sounds coming from a YA writer. Classic books have a certain grace to them, a raw aspect of writing in their diction that is something truly special- each word seems to be almost hand-crafted to make the story as perfect as can be. Classic books, fiction or otherwise, are home to plots that are always deep and thorough as well, even down to the smallest detail, and often show some odd resemblance to my life and my surroundings. There is, after all, a reason they are marked as “classics” and remembered for so long!
Why do you think people are so drawn to fairy tales?
Honestly, fairy tales are some of our greatest teachers. Though they are only stories, they teach so much of what we need to know to be better people in a better society. Fairy tales tell us these messages in an indiscreet way; we not only get to fall in love with characters, but we get to fall in love with a story with the best ulterior motives for its readers. It’s a fun way to learn good morals, and I feel like that’s why those types of stories are so timeless.
What’s your next project going to be? Any hints?
I’m working on a full novel now, actually. I’d give some hints if I could, but plots are a heat-of-the-moment thing for me. All I know for sure about the novel is that it’s YA fiction and deals with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
If you could bring one mystical or magical thing into reality what would it be?
The Millennium Falcon. Hands down.
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?
To just go for it, and to go for it with a positive outlook. Not going to lie, I’m still expecting an e-mail from Alternate Endings reading, “YOU’VE BEEN PRANKED!” or something along those lines. If anything, that really just goes to show that it is possible to achieve your goals. Make your story something you’re proud of, and send it off! It can be scary, yeah, but when you really think about it there’s no true way to lose. If you get rejected, you became a better author along the way. But if you get accepted, you’re making your dream come true, and that’s an amazing thing. Just remember to balance your schoolwork too- grades are still super important!