C. S. Johnson
“I have better things to do.”
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?”
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her.
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?”
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly.”
For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers.
Book One: Beauty’s Curse is FREE on All Platforms!
- Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
- Describe your perfect day.
- April 25th, right? I’m sure someone’s done that before though.
- Coffee or Tea?
- Yes, please!
- Describe your writing routine.
- Daydream a lot, get characters finalized, outline, and outline, and outline, and then write, and then tweak outline, and then finish writing!
- How many books do you try and write a year?
- I want to be able to write at least four, but I’m willing to negotiate with myself if I need to.
- What genre do you write in?
- I write fairy tales, fantasy, and sci-fi, and I’m working on some other genres, too. I like to experiment with different genres, because I feel like each genre can ask a lot of good questions about the same topic.
- What genre would you like to write in one day?
- I’m all up for trying new ones. I write in so many now I don’t think there’s anything I want to do right away — I know I’ll get to it eventually.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
- Yes, I read them. I think it’s good to consider the good and the bad, and see if people have any valid points in their assessment about the good or the bad. In terms of weight, I try not to let the bad ones affect my mood, and I try not to let the good ones ruin my ego. I taught literature for many years and I know my books contain a mish-mash of readability and literary loop-de-loops. There’s wit and wisdom, and I try to hide the harder things until they’ll hit at their hardest. But I still try to make it fun and light.
- Does your family support your career as a writer?
- Yes! My husband is my patron, and we’re both very pleased with this.
- What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
- Hamilton Dinger, from the Starlight Chronicles. God, I just adore him.
- How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
- I was a part-time writer for three years while I worked as a teacher and a professor. I went full-time last October.
- What does literary success look like to you?
- While I wouldn’t say no to the money part, I’m just happy that there are people out there who like my books and my books are getting read.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
- Not too many, but too many to think of at the moment.
- What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
- I know I’m a Ravenclaw. My patronus would be a sea turtle.
- Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
- I’m trying to figure out how to make a Book Sex Tape myself, so I’ll get back to on that.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
- I think I would be a critic. If you can’t create, being a critic is like being on the other side of it. That’s part of the reason I did start writing my own books — I wanted to write books I knew I would always enjoy myself. I’ve seen more of that lately in my work; as much as I love my readers, I write with God, and I write for myself, and then my readers, hoping that they will enjoy the ride.
- Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
- I’m an indie publisher. I like to write and I have great contractors, and while it’s harder to market on my own and sometimes it is frustrating to balance the business with the writing itself, I love it.
Love reading fairytales?
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At the end of each book in this series is a special collectible clue. Collect all four books, and get all four special prizes, FREE!
Calling all book readers! Join us as we celebrate C.S.Johnson’s ONCE UPON A PRINCESS SAGA on October 6th from 8:30PM to 10:30PM EST (7:30PM CDT and 5:30PM PST).
Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun night of chatting with the author and special guests, games, and giveaways.
Special guests Chandler Brett, Jeff Sartini, and Disney Princess Addict will also be sharing their books and joining in the fun.
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