Friday, October 5, 2012

do you believe in fairies?

I know I'm going against my own rules of not posting until I'm caught up with commenters, but it's been a while and so I figured I should post lest anyone mistake me for dead.

Thank you all so much for your comments with choosing photos for my portfolio!! There are definitely a bunch that everyone seems to like, so that was a huge help. ♥

Insomniac#4 posted a fun author/book survey, and so I'm tagging myself. :) While we all wait anxiously for the publication of A Tale of Fairies, (and YOU'RE ALL WAITING ANXIOUSLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU), here's some fun stuff about the fairies:

The Rules:

Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog,

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
I don't really know who else is a writer of fiction, so I'll do the same thing Insomniac did: if you're working on a book, you are hereby tagged.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
 A Tale of Fairies. That's the best I could come up with. I'm open to other suggestions. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I honestly don't even remember. And the final product is waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy different than the original idea/outline. Chapter 2 (which you can read here, with the rest of the AToF preview) was the original beginning, which began as me playing around with characters and settings without really having any plan to expand it into a novel.

What genre does your book fall under?
Middle grade contemporary fantasy I think? 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 OMG I love this. 
I'm not taking the actors' current ages into consideration, or things like height or whether they're even actors.

Elle Fanning

Lauren Holly

Nicole Kidman, pre-facelift


Antonia Prebble, but with lilac-purple hair.

Brian Molko, but blonde

John Cena


Elk, my lovely illustrator.

The Tesla Fairies:
I don't have a photo of the actual person, but she kind of looks like Milla only with larger eyes, larger lips, and a slightly rounder face.

The Locust Man:
Tilda Swinton. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 A bunch of fairies fighting for the title of Fairy Queen kidnap some humans to help their quest, one fairy taking a US Marine out of a mental hospital, the other taking a 9-year-old girl; and the ridiculousness escalates from there.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 Self published, because I'm sick of form letter rejections. Seriously I could wallpaper my entire house with the amount of rejections I've gotten. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 Just over a year, I think. Maybe a year and a half. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 I have no idea. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Everyone loves psychotic fairies. 


  1. I love being able to pick the actors to play your characters, this has really inspired me to want to continue my writing project, I really love this concept and your book sounds incredible in general, I'm going to try and get the money to buy it when it's done Mich, you deserve some recognition for your talents and efforts!

  2. How do you feel about pun-based titles? Something with fair or fairly that isn't as obvious a fairy tale reference or Gail Carson Levine title like fairest? Fair Use. Fair Warning. Fair Competition. UnFair. This is actually difficult to not sound lame, if you'll pardon the ableist slur... It's a clever premise that needs an equally strong title to grab young adults with poor attention spans. Or otherworldly andro-goddesses like Tilda (who I've loved since the 90s thanks to Derek Jarman's published jounals, sigh). Good casting.

  3. Since I haven't written in longer than I have been busy not sculpting, I shan't post my own answers. I'll just say glad you're alive and I'm too tired to think of anything else witty or relevant at the moment.

  4. I was worrying about you, but your tumblr helped allay the worst of it. Unless you're tumbling from beyond the grave o.O

    I'm now waiting more anxiously than ever. MORE ANXIOUSLY, I TELL YOU!

    Tilda Swinton, OMG YES.

    "Everyone loves psychotic fairies" FUCKING OATH!

  5. i'm so glad you wrote, like Peri, i was starting to worry about you!

    The book sounds amazing, i can't wait to buy a copy!

    i am reading one now i think you would like-"Ghost Story", by Peter Strab....bizzare and weird fun. There's a quote from it on my Face Book, expressing exactly how i feel these days.

    Love you,

  6. You're back! Yaaay! And your answers are awesome.

    I thought your book was titled "Queen: A Tale of Fairies"? Did you drop the first part, or am I imagining things? And have any of your rejections been helpful at all? I know a few writers I follow have received very positive replies, with either a 'Your book is great, it's jut not for us.' reply or other constructive critique.

    Hell yeah, everyone loves psychotic fairies! I definitely enjoyed what I read and can't wait for the finished product :)

    Your cast is spot-on perfect! Elle just looks like a character in one of your novels (or maybe a younger version of you?) ... Charlotte, Hallestrina, and Jackfairy are exactly how I pictured them. And you can't go wrong with Kazehana, lol. I really must get caught up on her blog. It's a lame excuse, but if her blog were public I prob would have popped in at least once. Out of sight, out of mind. Stupid new Blogger format!

    I'm giving myself a Friday night deadline to produce a decent excerpt of The Lighthouse for you. Hope your appearance at the Autumn Festival was a success!


  7. I am going to finally start reading your book tonight! Psyched :)

    I just posted this on Peri's blog too, but I thought you'd appreciate it. My brother and his fiancee are going to SF for their honeymoon for the NaMoWriMo event:

    Cool right?


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