I am excited to have the one and only Janette Rallison on the blog. In case you haven't heard of her (Where have you been?!), she's the author of Just One Wish, My Double Life, My Fair Godmother, and many, many other books. Her latest book, My Unfair Godmother (sequel to My Fair Godmother) releases April of this year. Everyone, please welcome Janette!
1. You have written many amazing books. Your current one, which will be released in April, is My Unfair Godmother. For those who have yet to hear about it, how would you describe My Unfair Godmother to them?
Tansy gets an incompetent fairy godmother who sends her back in time to be the miller’s daughter in the story of Rumpelstiltskin. The only problem is that the fairy tale isn’t going the way it’s supposed to.
2. What inspired you to write The Fair Godmother series?
I got the idea for this book when I wrote a skit for my daughter’s church youth group. My daughter played the original fairy godmother and really shaped the character into what she became in the book. I had at first envisioned Chrysanthemum Everstar to be an overworked, cynical fairy but my daughter turned her into a teenage shopping diva and she’s been that way ever since.
I’ve also always loved fairy tales. I wanted to be a princess when I was little and was bitterly disappointed to learn you had to be born one. My parents didn’t have the consideration to be a king and queen, thus sinking my career goals before they ever got off the ground.
Anyway, it’s fun revisiting fairy tales and putting a twist on them.
3. Out of all your books, which character do you relate the most to?
I’ve been writing for fourteen years and I don’t think anyone has ever asked me this question before. My sister once told me that all of my heroines are really me. I’m not sure how that’s possible since my heroines are different from book to book. Some are brainiacs, some hate school, some are unpopular, and some are cheerleaders. But my heroines do all have a sense of humor and tend not to take life or themselves all that seriously. That’s definitely me. Probably the heroine who mirrored me most as a teenager is Jessica in Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To Do List. I wanted to be an actress when I was in high school.
4. Everyone has a favorite, even if they're not willing to admit it. Which one of your books is your favorite and why?
Out of 18 books, it’s a hard to pick a favorite because there are things and scenes I love from every single book. One of my favorite scenes is the jumping-trailers scene from Just One Wish. Another is the meeting-the-boyfriend’s-parents scene from Revenge of the Cheerleaders, and the getting-in-the-wrong-car scene from Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To Do List. But probably my favorite book is My Fair Godmother. (I laughed out loud when I wrote the Snow White scene, and that doesn’t usually happen.) My Fair Godmother was just pure fun to write. It came together almost effortlessly and Tristan will always be one of my favorite characters.
5. Are there any snacks you must have when writing?
Chocolate. Of course, I must have chocolate when I’m doing other things too. I’m a total addict.
6. Are you currently working on any new projects?
I’m always working on something. I have a book about teenagers who fight dragons, Slayers, which will be out this fall, and I’m working on a dystopian novel and a paranormal romance. Also, in the back of my mind I’m kicking around ideas for the third Fairy Godmother book. One of these days Chrysanthemum has got to make it into Fairy Godmother University.
7. Who is your all-time favorite literary couple?
Elizabeth and Darcy. Yep, I’m one of those women who love Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is a great heroine because she’s thoughtful, smart, and funny. And Darcy is awesome because besides being handsome and rich, he’s such a gentleman and he’s drawn to Elizabeth for all the right reasons. How can you not love a guy like that?
8 Any advice for aspiring authors?
Read a lot, especially in the genre you want to write for. Also read books on writing. They’ll help you a ton in the revision process. Write something every day if you can. Writing is one of those endeavors that is done a little at a time. And lastly, don’t hang your self-esteem on your manuscript. You’re still a good person even if no one wants to buy your book. Don’t forget that. This can be a hard business.
Special thanks to Janette for not only letting me interview her on my blog, but also donating so many of her amazing books to the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Be sure to check out Janette's blog, where she writes some hilarious posts (the latest being Top Ten Jury Duty Excuses).