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Makayla Desmit is the author of the chilling piece, “Bippity, Boppity, Blood.” The short story is a part of the anthology, “Twisted Fairy Tales,” a book where she worked exclusively with a team of very talented teen writers. Makayla is addicted to shopping, social media, and binge-watching every show on Netflix.
After high school, Makayla plans to go to college, then law school, and eventually pursue a career as a criminal investigator. Writing has always come easy to Makayla. Although her future career may not be focused on the construction of words on paper, this is not the last adventure she will create. This twisted tale is just the beginning.
How long have you been writing? Did any person, book, or movie inspire you to write?
I’ve been pretty much writing ever since my parents taught me how to. My essays in school were always more detailed than needed or more fictional than needed. I’ve always been able to write about absolutely anything, and teachers noticed. I’ve always had a wild imagination, haha.
Where did you get inspiration for your new spin on a classic fairy tale?
Cinderella was always one of my favorites. The second I knew about the writing contest for the anthology, I was so ready to turn something in. For whatever reason, I could not get the story of Cinderella out of my head. Maybe Patin was telling me to write it? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, Cinderella called to me.
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?
As cliche as it sounds – hands down The Fault in Our Stars. I’d only live there for a week, so having said that, I’d have a much different outlook on life. I would learn so many important lessons and to cherish every person and every moment in life. Plus, Augustus Waters is definitely my type.
What excites you most about being chosen by Alternate Ending Publications to take part in this innovative anthology project?
This excites me so much, because young adults are being recognized for their talent early on. Kids with any other talent are recognized while they’re young, but not many can say they were at published author at ages 13-17. This can help kids decide their future earlier on and strive for more achievements in their teenage years.
What was your favorite fairy tale growing up?
My favorites were Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. I could never choose a favorite between the two!
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes you gravitate to that particular type of story?
My favorite genre is murder/mystery/thriller – yes very fitting for my story. I think I love it so much, because I really think my calling is working in the criminal justice field. Reading and even writing these stories makes me that much closer to my future.
Why do you think people are so drawn to fairy tales?
I think people are so drawn to fairy tales because its another word for them to associate themselves with. They can stick their nose into a book and automatically be placed in the world of their dreams.
What’s your next project going to be? Any hints?
Next project? You’ll just have to stay tuned.
If you could bring one mystical or magical thing into reality what would it be?
I would 110% make happy endings a real thing. Everyone deserves to have a happy ending, and the exact one they wish for.
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?
Keep going for your goals. They might seem far at first, but baby steps will get you there. Always have an open mind and always remember that your story doesn’t define you, but the way you tell it does.