We’re kicking off the official blog tour for Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas today, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This is a new twist on the fairy tale classic Sleeping Beauty, and today Sarah stops by the blog for a fun Q&A. Be sure to keep reading for your chance to win a copy of the book!
Fairytale fans are probably used to retellings taking the old stories and turning them upside-down, so they might not be too surprised to find that the “prince” character (he’s not really a prince) (that’s not a spoiler) is the one who has to be awakened, and the “beauty” carries an axe.
Will readers who haven’t read ASH & BRAMBLE yet be comfortable starting with ROSE & THORN, or are they meant to be read in order?
They are companion novels, so you don’t have to read Ash & Bramble first, though the characters from that book are mentioned, almost like historical figures.
I love re-tellings of classic fairy tales; and it seems to be a trend that has existed for a long time (I mean, even going back to how these stories originated, being told orally for ages before Grimm, Andersen, etc. wrote them down). What do you think it is about these stories that continue to draw us in as readers and creators?
In some ways, Ash & Bramble and Rose & Thorn are all about the power of those stories to draw us in, maybe because they make the world make sense; they give people clearly defined roles; they reward good behavior and punish those who are evil—in a way that real life does not. The old stories are comforting in that way. The retellings push back against some of those traditional fairy tale elements in that they ask questions, upend expectations, redefine characters. In a way, the retellings make the old stories work for a more liberated, modern readership.
Your books very much embrace the idea of “writing your own story.” What advice do you have for readers wanting to “write their own story” in their own lives?
I love this question! I think it’s important for people to think critically, to examine the narratives that shape them and ask whether they are stories to live by, or not. For example, a narrative that shapes a lot of little girls in the U.S. is the Disney princess story. And we know where that one ends. What about girls who don’t want to end up with a prince-like guy? Where’s the room for her in that story? And while Disney has attempted to expand the narrative—to make it apply to a more diverse set of girls—it’s still very, very limited. So much of popular culture is limited in the same way; the portrayal of women in TV and movies is … well, it’s appalling. I think that by pushing back against that kind of constant cultural pressure is one way that we can write our “own stories.”
Must-have writing snack?
Song that always gets you dancing or moving?
“Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder
Pick an Avenger.
Black Widow, of course.
(is the same color as my hair)
Scented candle:what’s it smell like?
Probably not, but if I had one it would be pine scented.
5 things that are in your writing space
Couch, coffee cup (with coffee in it), dog, dog, laptop.
Thank you for stopping by, Sarah! And now, here’s more about her books:
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Sarah Prineas’s darkly imaginative retelling breaks down the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in a big, bold way. Brimming with action and romance, beautiful Rose must escape the curse that will force the kingdom to fall into a century-long slumber and fights for the freedom to find her own happily ever after.
After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with, curses that will have drastic consequences if they take effect. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Griff and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to this forced fairy tale. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the prescribed story they are trying to avoid?
Set in the world of Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairy tales dark, your heroines daring, and your suitors dashing, this is the book for you.
About Ash & Bramble:
The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.
Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.
Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.
Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.
Hi there! I’m Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it’s a YA.
Here’s my website and and here’s my book website (with games, wallpaper, and extras!).
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