All right, folks. This is my final stop on the Codex Blog Tour, although you can find other great posts and authors at the blog tour homepage. Seriously, go check it out. I hang around with some pretty dang smart people and it's worth finding out what they have to say.
Today please welcome Alethea Kontis, author of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Companion, the AlphaOops! picture book series, and Beauty & Dynamite. Alethea's here to tell us about her new book, Sunday.
Thanks for joining us, Alethea!
You're a New York Times Bestselling author with a couple of books under your belt, but this is your first novel. Are you nervous?
I'd be lying if I said no, but my anxiety is not about the typical stuff. I don't give a flying fig about amazon stats or bad reviews (though it's nice when they get the title, my name, and the ISBN all correct). I've got a blog and an internet presence (how exactly did I end up with 3000 Facebook friends?) and I already have plans for marketing through established channels. As for public speaking, thanks to a close relationship with Sherrilyn Kenyon and the billions of Dark-Hunter fans, I've got that down pat. Easy-peasy Japanesey.
For me, finally having a novel published is very much like going to high school. I've spent years working my way up from the nerd's corner to the cool kids' table...but who will I be in this new place? Will anyone remember me? Will my old friends still be around? Will new people want to meet me? Where will I make my place? And then, of course: How do I stay here forever?
Sunday is based on a Realms of Fantasy story by the same title. What's changed the most during the expansion process? Will those who loved the original story Sunday be surprised by the novel?
When I originally sat down to write "Sunday" the short story/novelette, the idea was already so big that I had to make a deal with myself. I was allowed to leave out certain things important to the bigger story in order to tell the simpler one. I wrote 1000 words on "Sunday" the first night...and then 9000 words the next day to finish it. To date, that's the highest word count I've ever achieved in one day.
The short story is written solely from Sunday's point of view. The plot concentrates on Sunday's attendance at the balls and her relationship with Grumble and Prince Rumbold. The novel includes chapters written exclusively from Prince Rumbold's point of view...in which we witness dark and strange goings-on inside the castle that lead to even darker and stranger things. It also goes into a lot more detail about Sunday's extraordinary family, and sows the seeds for future adventures.
What's next for you after Sunday? Have you got another project lined up?
I have all sorts of things lined up and I can't talk about any of them: either because I don't want to jinx things, or because I've been asked to keep quiet. I can tell you that I've received an acceptance for the best short story I've ever written--it's called "The Unicorn Hunter." But I can't tell you where or when or with whom it's coming out. Publishing is so hush-hush...until it's not. It's a very strange world we live in.
And the official Random Question of the Day: Tell us about Charlie the Teddy Bear.
Yay, Charlie! Mom bought Charlie for me when I was fifteen. It was right before Christmas. Burlington Coat Factory had a bunch of big white teddy bears on sale for $10. I saw his crooked nose (all my stuffed animals have crooked noses) and fell in love. In a rare moment of generosity Mom bought him for me, on the condition that I couldn't have him until Christmas. I dubbed him Charlesmagne Montesque, the Marquis of Albec, and I hugged him all the way home. Mom was true to her word and I didn't see him again until Christmas morning. We've been inseparable ever since.
Charlie has long since lost his Santa hat and red scarf. His fur has a bit of a greenish tint from the dark green bedsheets I had growing up and his eyes are scratched up, and his nose is as crooked as ever. I love that bear. We've shared a lot of laughs and a lot of tears together. He's the best friend a girl could have.
Aw, man. Now I want my childhood teddy bear back.
Thanks for joining us, Alethea! By the way folks, don't forget to check out Princess Alethea's Fairy Tale Theatre, podcasting every Thursday.