There are 14 authors who wrote the stories of the Fairy Tale Confessions collection. This post will focus on Shannon Morton, author of The Snow Queen.
Shannon Morton: I’m a reader of fantasy turned writer who enjoys great characters and fascinating plot twists. I like bad boys, fast cars, and chicks who aren’t afraid to talk back. When I’m not writing, I can be found teaching Pilates, being mommy to two fabulous kiddos, and just generally being a crazy sarcastic insomniac mess!!
Shannon, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us…
Q: You have written about good versus evil. Did that experience help when working on your Fairy Tale Confessions story?
- I would love to say yes…but truthfully, this is the first character I’ve written with this degree of soul-sucking evil. Definitely a new experience for me.
Q: How difficult was it to twist a well-known fairy tale?
- I thought it would be pretty intimidating, but after reading the original I knew exactly the direction I wanted to take with it.
Q: Is there a character from one of your stories that has surprised you in some way?
- My characters always surprise me. I plan what they are going to do and they laugh and do something entirely unexpected.
Q: Where (or when) do you get the most story inspiration?
- Running while listening to ridiculously loud music or the rare occasion I sleep…dreams are great fodder for stories.
Q: What are you working on currently?
- Two different projects. One is a contemporary romance, and the other is an Urban Fantasy.
Q: Do you see yourself participating in more anthologies?
- I would love to. Being surrounded by talent is inspiring.
Q: What does your writing process look like?
- I would say it’s less a process and more a big old mess. I pace. I type. I eat chocolate. I talk to myself out loud. I run. I type some more. I hit delete a whole bunch of times. I write in a notebook because my computer is mocking me. It’s pure chaos, really.
Q: How important are the character names you choose? How do you choose them?
- Names are super-important. Sometimes the characters just name themselves and sometimes I have to figure them out based on their unique personalities. It’s very much like naming children.
Q: What are your 10 favorite books and why?
- There is no possible way I could choose 10 favorites…but a few that I really love:
- Because Jamie.
- Pride and Prejudice. Because no one wielded words like Jane Austen.
- The Scarlet Letter. If the end of that book doesn’t make you feel the feels…
- The Fever Series. Karen Marie Moning is a genius.
- The Mark of the Lion Series. I cried. And wanted to be a better human. Both rare.
- The Opportunist. Tarryn Fisher did the impossible—she made me root for the brunette over the redhead.
- Anything by John Green. Literally anything. I would read his grocery list if he published it.
- Anne of Green Gables. Because Gilbert Blythe was my first literary love.
- Harry Potter. All of them. I will always love Severus Snape. Always.
- You by Caroline Kepnes. Joe is the ultimate anti-hero. Brilliant.