October 14, 2016
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Spindle by Shonna Slayton
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In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thanks for inviting me—being on a Canadian blog makes me feel like I’ve come home! I moved to the USA in my twenties, then married, and now only get back to Canada for vacations.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
The evil fairy’s magic is wrapped up in the cursed spindle and to be free of it she has to see a girl to the death.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Pure brainstorming. I liked how my Cinderella stories used objects from the fairy tale and brought them into the real world in a historical setting. So I started looking around to see what other fairy tales I could do that with. When I thought about the cursed spindle, my imagination took off and out came the pen and paper to brainstorm.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Briar is a teenager working in a cotton mill in the late 1800s Vermont. Her father has fairly recently passed away, leaving her in charge of her three siblings. She is doing all she can to earn enough to support them all. Unfortunately, for a girl in her time and with her level of education, her options are limited. She will do anything for her siblings, which is how she runs into trouble.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
Some of my favorite lines would be spoilers, so I can’t go there, but there are so many things I love about this book. I love the relationship Briar has with her siblings. They look up to her and love her so much. The fairy-tale parts were a lot of fun to imagine and think about. The setting is mostly real-world, but then I get to sprinkle in some magic here and there. Also, the historical time period was simply fascinating. The suffrage movement was well underway and I enjoyed learning more about the early movement to get women the vote.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Yes! The hardest part was getting the relationship between Briar and her ex right. The beginning of the story includes Briar’s struggle with her broken heart. She’d pinned so much of her future on this one guy and it didn’t work out. It took many rewrites to explain why she was still thinking about him after the fact. Poor Briar. She really was heat-broken. I didn’t like doing that to her.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m in early drafting stages of another historical fairy tale. I’ve thrown down the challenge of writing a character who is very different from anyone I’ve written before. She’s been a lot of fun to work with. I’m not ready to talk about it yet, but it’s another one of the “big” fairy tales.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you so much! And, of course, I’d love to stop by again.
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