November 27, 2013

Blog Tour: A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings – Guest Post


Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

presented by Patchwork Press!


Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of generations old folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi Grace, until birds start talking and elves answer doors. Along with three others, Andi has been whisked out of her world and finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants, intent on keeping them in Elorium.

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the way home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

add to goodreadsA Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings
Publication Date:  October 29, 2013
Publisher:  Patchwork Press


Editing a novel, especially your first one, can be a long and heart breaking process. Today Janna fills us in on one of the battles she fought in order to keep one of her favorite scenes in A Grimm Legacy while making sure it really needed to be there and helped the story along—it’s not an easy balancing act to master.

Some of my favorite things

Early in the plotting process, I had a mental picture of that famous scene from the movie Mission Impossible—you know one, where Tom Cruise’s character is suspended from the ceiling and almost drops on to the pressure sensitive floor? I had an image of something similar in my manuscript. How fun would it be to have a kind of Spy vs. Spy feel to a fairy tale? Except in my version, Tom Cruise would a teenage girl.
That one scene actually pushed me through writing the first third of the book. I had to get to that scene out of my head! It had to be written! And my slight OCD tendencies precluded me from writing it out of order.

It turned out good, not exactly what I pictured, but very cat burglar/clandestine and exciting. My favorite part of the finished scene was Quinn (aka Tom Cruise) being flung off a skyscraper and Fredrick diving over the edge, desperate to catch her and deploy his parachute before the both plunged to their death.

And then my editor pointed out one, tiny flaw. It in no way moved the plot along. A potential death trap for a book. My obstinate streak reared its ugly head. I fought a long and hard battle to make the scene work, to no avail. It simply wasn’t relevant to the plot. So, far into the editing process—much closer to my publishing deadline that I’d like to admit—I burned the midnight oil and rewrote the entire thing, determined to keep my favorite part of the scene. (This is probably very insightful to said editor, who probably wondered why she had to pry the scene out of my tightly clutched fists in the first place.)

The scene was cut (and it was a good edit too, just in case you were ever wondering if I ever became reasonable about it) but… my much shorter edited version made it in, much to my relief.



Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale.  She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child.
She has a good deal of education in subjects that are somehow not related to writing, which includes a Masters in Education.  Currently she teaches toddlers important life skills like which end of a spoon to use and that gluesticks are not for eating.  They lack a few things that make a good literary critic, but she loves her students all the same.
Besides wrangling with kids Janna can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle @ The Passionate Bookworms

    I really like the idea behind this story! I definitely have a thing for fairy tales and anything to do with them lol. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to add this to the top of my TBR!

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